This unforgettable tour of the crypts and catacombs that lay under the modern city of Rome offers Exclusive After-Hours access to the Catacombs of Priscilla. This tour takes you deeper into the unusual history of Rome, far below its busy streets and towering monuments. Visit the concealed side of this ancient city with an itinerary combining two of the most uncommon, mysterious and outlandish sights the Eternal City has to offer.
We begin with the impressive Capuchin Crypt, known locally as the ‘Bone Chapel’. Here Capuchin monks used the bones of nearly 4,000 of their brothers to decorate the walls and ceilings in intricate designs. You’ll see a real skull and crossbones, vertebrae chandeliers and full skeletons in their robes before drawing your own conclusions on the meaning of this macabre, yet intriguing place of prayer. The museum annex is also home to Caravaggio's masterpiece 'St. Francis in Meditation'.
After a short transfer by air-conditioned bus, you begin your visit to the ancient Catacombs of Priscilla. With an expert, English-speaking guide on hand, you’ll explore these extensive tunnels lined with tombs carved right out of the rock, and hear the fascinating history of these sacred places. Here you have the privilege of experiencing the Catacombs when their doors are closed to the general public, as this tour has exclusive access during your visit. This allows for a special, intimate experience while you discover this incredible treasure without having to share it with any other visitors. Dating back almost 2,000 years to the 2nd century AD, this extensive network of tunnels snaking underground was once both a burial ground and a place of worship for the first Christians in Rome.
Get ready to have your assumptions about Rome turned upside down on this incredibly unique journey of discovery.