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“Interesting and Unique”

Museum and Crypt of Capuchins
Ranked #165 of 1,974 things to do in Rome
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed October 13, 2013

After all the churches and oil paintings of Rome, this is something a little bit different. The rooms with the bones are very interesting, and some of the decoration is quite beautiful as long as you are not squeamish. They insist on conservative dress but have scarves available for bare-shouldered women. I don't think the audio guide was worth having - it didn't describe the bones rooms at all, just the little museum before hand, which was all explained in english on the labels anyway

Date of experience: October 2013
Thank judi_coven
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

This church certainly provides a unique experience and atmosphere and is well worth a visit. The initial exhibition rooms that you walk through are very well laid out and full of interesting artefacts used by the friars over the centuries. The Carvaggio masterpiece St Francis in Meditation is particularly captivating. Eventually you reach the crypt area with circa 6 separate rooms next to each other, all decorated in different ways with the bones of the deceased Capuchin friars. There's the crypt of skulls, the crypt of the pelvises and the crypt of the leg bones and thigh bones, each eerily absorbing in their own way. I was surprised that some of the whole skeletons on display in their robes appeared to have skulls retaining some withered skin. Consequently they carried more ghoulish expressions on their faces. If you're easily spooked then obviously don't waste your time. Otherwise this is well worth a visit for a truly unique experience.

Date of experience: October 2013
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

Have just returned from a long weekend in Rome and we went to the Crypt on our last day. Spooky!! We were really creeped out by the whole thing. Extremely interesting, but it is still a LOT of bones that have been arranged to look pretty (?) we found ourselves having to 'walk it off' when we exited, and whilst it wont be somewhere we return to in the future, I am pleased that we went and had a look!

Date of experience: October 2013
Thank Steffe1985
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

This is one of the best stops in Rome, 5 euro entry is well worth it. The museum is small but very well put together. The crypt is not at all 'gruesome' just bizarre. I found myself contemplating the sanity of the creator rather than the meaning of life. All in all a fascinating insight.

Date of experience: September 2013
Thank peterpiperpickedapec
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

Really interesting stop for those looking for something different than the standard tourist fare. The Capuchin Crypt is in the basement of the church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini off of Via Veneto. The friars decided to build several altars using the bones of their departed brethren. What you are left with is several "rooms" of the most beautifully macabe religious art I have ever seen.

For a small fee, the tour is self paced and doesn't take more than 30-60 minutes. You start at the main level which houses a museum providing the back-story on the friary and features a host of religious relics. At the end you decend steps into the Crypt where you can marvel at the bone art. They ask that you don't take pictures but as long as you are discreet - they won't yell at you.

- Quick tour
- Not your standard tourist fare

- Raised Price
- Not for those who are squeamish

OVERALL: Totally worth a 30 minute stop!

Date of experience: November 2012
Thank vcumonkeyman
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