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This world-first walking tour takes you into the Catacombs after dark, introducing you to one of Rome’s most important cities of the dead. You’ll also get to see the chilling Capuchin ‘Bone’ Chapel, decorated with the remains of some 4,000 deceased monks. Not a tour for the easily spooked, but a wonderful exploration of early Christianity in Rome and Ancient Roman beliefs surrounding death and the afterlife that informs as much as it thrills.

Description:

Become one of the first people ever to explore the Roman Catacombs after normal closing hours when you descend in the Catacombs of Santa Priscilla at night to learn the history of Roman burial rites and early Christianity.

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 15 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.

Afterwards, you’ll hop on a private, air-conditioned minibus and head to the Catacombs of Santa Priscilla. These particular catacombs are famous because they hold the oldest known depiction of the Virgin Mary and were once the final resting place of seven Popes.

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 dark 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.

After your Catacombs visit your private transport will drop you back to the point where you met in central Rome, convenient for the metro and restaurants.

Highlights:
  • Exclusive after-hours access
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Instant Confirmation

Location: Rome, Italy

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Voucher Redembtion: You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity. 





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Additional Information


    Operates: 01 April 2017 - 31 May 2017: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
    01 June 2017 - 31 October 2017: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

    Departure Point:
    Piazza Barberini

    Departure Time: 5:30pm (meet strictly at 5:15pm)
    6:00 PM (meet strictly at 5:45pm)
    6:30 PM (meet strictly at 6:15pm)

    Return Details:
    Piazza Barberini

  • Inclusions:
    • Exclusive after-hours entrance to Rome Catacombs
    • Tickets for Capuchin Crypt & Museum
    • Private, air-conditioned transport
    • Small groups of max 15 people
    • Expert English speaking tour guide

  • Exclusions:
    • Gratuities Hotel
    • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off

  • Other Information:
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.
    • Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
    • 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.


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