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After-Hours Catacombs and Bone Chapel Small-Group Tour

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Roma, Italy

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Explore the Roman Catacombs after dark on an after-hours walking tour of the Museum and Crypt of Capuchins, or Bone Chapel, and the Catacombs of Santa Priscilla. Hear stories from the early Christian era in Rome, and enjoy a rare, crowd-free experience of the historic site—you visit when the catacombs are closed to the public. This tour includes all entrance fees, and is limited to 15 people for a personalized experience.
  • Evening Catacombs of Santa Priscilla and Bone Chapel tour
  • Visit the "Bone Chapel" under the cover of darkness
  • After-hours access to Roman catacombs
  • Small group ensures personal service

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

See the Capuchin Crypt and catacombs after closing time with a small group.
Private, air-conditioned transport
Small groups of max 18 people
Expert English speaking tour guide
Exclusive after-hours entrance to Rome Catacombs
Tickets for Capuchin Crypt & Museum
Expert Catacombs Guide
Gratuities Hotel
Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off

Departure Point

1: Fontana del Tritone, Piazza Barberini, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
2: Piazza di Porta S. Paolo, 6, 00153 Roma RM, Italy

Departure Time

4:15 PM

Return Details

Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
Make your way to the Piazza Barberini, where you meet your guide for evening departure to the first stop of the day, the Museum and Crypt of Capuchins. Hear the story behind the macabre “Bone Chapel,” which is built with the remains of around 4,000 monks, and discover the beliefs and traditions that led to the chapel’s creation.

After your time in the Bone Chapel, continue to the Catacombs of Santa Priscilla in a private, air-conditioned minibus. Among Rome’s extensive network of catacombs, this site is renowned for holding the oldest-known image of the Virgin Mary. The Catacombs of Santa Priscilla were the original resting place for the remains of seven Popes, and the eight miles (13 km) of tunnels are illuminated with bright frescoes.

This catacomb tour offers the once-in-a-lifetime chance to explore a fascinating historic site after it’s closed to the public, so you can experience the catacombs as they once were: dim, quiet, and peaceful. After you re-emerge into the Roman streets, your tour concludes at Piazza Barberini, close to public transport and centrally-located attractions.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Fontana del Tritone
Triton Fountain
Pass By:  
Piazza Barberini
Piazza Barberini
Stop At:  
Museum and Crypt of Capuchins
Your tour starts in the Capuchin Crypt, better known as the “Bone Chapel”, because it is festooned with the mortal remains of some 4,000 deceased monks. As you take it all in with your small group of 18 people or less, your expert guide will explain the monks’ interesting beliefs on life and death which have motivated the creation of such a macabre memorial.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Catacombe San Sebastiano
Afterwards, you’ll hop on a private, air-conditioned minibus and head to the Catacombs of San Sebastiano. The bodies might be gone, but that doesn’t mean you won’t feel a thrill of excitement as you become one of the first people to descend into the Catacombs after closing since the era of Imperial Rome. Because you’ll be there after closing time, you’ll have the gloomy passageways to yourself and you won’t have any trouble hearing your guide as they tell you the dark stories of the birth of Christianity.
Duration: 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.
  • Sites on this itinerary include holy places, and attire must be appropriate for the visit. Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks of Italy cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress. It is sufficient to bring extra coverings with you and put them on before our entrance to the holy areas.
  • Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers on this tour.
  • Photography is not allowed in the sites visited on this tour, due to their religious nature.
  • Comfortable walking shoes recommended.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Walks - Italy, Spain & Greece

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during After-Hours Catacombs and Bone Chapel Small-Group Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by After-Hours Catacombs and Bone Chapel Small-Group Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during After-Hours Catacombs and Bone Chapel Small-Group Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by After-Hours Catacombs and Bone Chapel Small-Group Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during After-Hours Catacombs and Bone Chapel Small-Group Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by After-Hours Catacombs and Bone Chapel Small-Group Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during After-Hours Catacombs and Bone Chapel Small-Group Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by After-Hours Catacombs and Bone Chapel Small-Group Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during After-Hours Catacombs and Bone Chapel Small-Group Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by After-Hours Catacombs and Bone Chapel Small-Group Tour.

Traveler Tips


  • "The no photography rule is strict, so don’t bother taking a camera along." See review
  • "It is dark and claustrophobic at times, so be sensible if you know you have any phobias." See review
  • "Go in the day time and save your money you won't be alone on the tour as they make it seem." See review

Reviews

4.5
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star-3
It was fun.
peggy890
, Dec 2019
The bone chapel was interesting, as well as the catacombs. We had a small group of 8 people. Our guide was very informative. The only reason I marked this tour down was because we were picked up at one point but were not brought back there. Dropped off "somewhere" in Rome on a dark street and being our first day in Rome finding our way back to the hotel was hard. My advice, ask to know the drop off point in advance.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Hi peggy890, Thank you for joining us in Rome for our tour of the Crypts and Catacombs, and for sharing your valuable feedback with us! We are delighted that you had a fun time with us, and that the overall experience was both interesting and informative. We are sorry to hear that you were less than pleased with your drop off point, however. Each of our clients should receive a confirmation email with the endpoint of their tour, but for certain tours, we may not be able to be very specific. This is to allow our drivers some discretion in choosing the best and safest place for our guests to alight from the bus. We have certainly noted your feedback, however, and will be using it going forward. We hope to have another opportunity to walk with you in the future! Warmest regards, Take Walks
star-5
Best tour during our stay!
Dream54461670607
, Nov 2019
Boy would I like to have more memory for names and less jet lag. Our tour was through I believe "Walk About Tours" or something close to that. Our guide was a delightful, wry, exceptionally knowledgeable, and very considerate lady from South England. She included real life examples to help bring history from statistics to digestible and quantifiable events, something no other tour or guide did. She kept to her appointed times without any feeling of rushing, able to properly balance time for questions and quality viewing by all participants. If that sounds normal to you, let me assure you it was not. This was the ONLY one of our tours/guides to do this. Every other one spent way too much time standing and talking near nothing (like in open courtyards) and then rushed around actual sights with a nod towards things like "the best view of" as we sped by. We were soured on cruddy tours before this and had only signed up as it was our last opportunity to see the catacombs before we left. This tour company and guide made our last tour the best by far, and a happy memory. Fascinating material too, know there's only a small portion where you see bones and it is not in the catacombs. Also know the exhibits do not allow any photos.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Hello Dream54461670607, We are thrilled to learn our guide Brianne was able to provide you with the excellent customer experience we strive to achieve on each of our tours. We try to choose guides with extensive knowledge of the subject at hand, but we also take demeanour, performance and approachability into account to ensure maximum customer satisfaction, and are so glad it shows! We look forward to sharing another walk with you soon! All the best, The Walks Team
star-5
Amazing and unique experience
seanadams113
, Nov 2019
Andrea was and excellent tour guide that made the experience so enjoyable. He has a great amount of knowledge and has a great sense of humor. This tour is completely worth the time and money as there is nothing like it in the world. Everything ran so smoothly from the Bone Chapel to the Catacombs. This is a great experience that you can only have through this tour.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Hello seanadams113, Thank you for your glowing review! It is wonderful to learn that Andrea was able to provide you with the excellent customer experience that we strive to achieve on each of our tours. 100% customer satisfaction is our number priority, and we are absolutely delighted to learn that we achieved this with you! We look forward to sharing another walk with you soon! All the best, The Walks Team
star-4
Bone Chapel
56vickiv
, Nov 2019
It was so good not to have to worry about a crowd of other people. Our small group of 12 could ask questions and see the exhibits easily. The bone chapel is interesting ....if not a little creepy.... ornaments out of human bones. Well worth a look. The catacombs don't contain any bones....well not on display, so if you want bones you will be disappointed but there are the ledges where the bodies have been and 3 pagan tombs.Shannon our guide was very informative.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Hello 56vickiv, We are happy to hear that our Catacombs and Bone Chapel Tour lived up to your expectations, and that you found your time with Shannon to be so interesting! This tour is a very insightful view into the past, and we are delighted that you chose to walk with us! Warmest regards, The Walks Team
star-5
Very interesting tour
Taxmonkey121
, Nov 2019
Great tour. Crypts were interesting and catacombs were fascinating. Alessandra was very knowledgeable and kept the group engaged throughout the tour.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Hello Taxmonkey121, Thank you so much for choosing to walk with us! Our Crypts and Catacombs tours are indeed fascinating, and a great insight into the lives of people long past. We are so happy that you found the experience to be worthwhile, and we look forward to having you join us for another informative tour soon! Warmest regards, The Walks Team
star-5
Fun Excursion
mnwb18
, Oct 2019
Was a very interesting excursion, very knowledgeable guide. Valerio was so helpful and knew his stuff! Would recommend
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Hello mnwb18, Thank you for your kind words for our guide Valerio! We think that he is a wonderful guide too, and we are thrilled that he made our Catacombs and Crypts tour so interesting for you! Warmest regards, The Walks Team
star-5
Loved it
derek5544
, Oct 2019
Our tour was amazing the bone church was incredibly interesting the catacombs were very interesting as well our guide was very good offered tons of info and kept everyone interested we highly recommend this tour
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hi derek5544, We are so glad thought you thought our Catacombs and Bone Chapel tour was amazing. We definitely feel that it is an experience not to be missed, and we are delighted that you agree. Thank you for your kind review, and for choosing Take Walks to tour with! Warmest regards, The Walks Team
star-5
Great tour. Excellent tour guide.
trevoryost
, Sep 2019
Really enjoyed our time. Was a educational and fun tour. Our tour guide Silvia was enthusiastic and did wonderful job!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hello trevoryost, Thank you very much for touring the Catacombs with us, we are delighted that you found the experience and our guide so informative and fun! We hope to walk with you again very soon, All the best, The Walks Team
star-4
Don't take your camera
Rick W
, Sep 2019
The bone chapel is an unbelievable place. The catacombs were special also. My only complaint is that we did not know that photography was not allowed in either place. I would have left my camera back in the hotel had I known that. The guides were knowledgeable, friendly and easy to understand.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hello Rick, Thank you for your review. We are thrilled to learn that you enjoyed our After-Hours Catacombs and Bone Chapel Small-Group Tour with our guide. The Bone Chapel is truly unbelievable and simply can't be missed when in Rome! We are sorry that you did not get the chance to take pictures during this experience. Unfortunately, management at the site is rather strict when it comes to this. We are glad you enjoyed your experience despite this. We hope that you will get the opportunity to tour with us again soon! All the best, The Walks Team
star-5
Mind Blowing
FrequentFlier797725
, Sep 2019
For starters our guide was terrific - knowledgeable and amusing, he certainly knew his subject very well. The Bone Chapel was daunting and slightly creepy but a great insight to our past. We would definitely recommend this tour if you can make it.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Hello FrequentFlier797725, We are so happy to know that you found our After Hours Catacombs and Crypts tour so insightful, and that you thought our guide was terrific. Customer satisfaction is our main priority and aim, so we are more than pleased to hear this! Thank you again for your review, we look forward to having you walk with us again soon! All the best, The Walks Team

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