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Roman Catacombs, Capuchin Crypts, & Basilica of San Nicola Guided Tour

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  • Discover crypts and bones on a 3-in-1 guided tour of Rome’s historic catacombs, basilica, and chapel with transfers in an air-conditioned coach.
  • Delve deeper into the places’ history, facts, and anecdotes with the expert guide accompanying you.
  • Explore burial sites adorned with frescoes and skeletal remains at Domitilla, San Callisto, or San Sebastiano; depending on the day of your visit.
  • Under the Basilica of San Nicola, wander the streets of an ancient vegetable market and explore awe-inspiring temples like the sacred Temple of Juno Sospita.

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  • Half-day guided tour of Roman crypts and catacombs
  • Expert English-speaking tour guide
  • Small groups of 16 people or less
  • Entry to Museum and Crypts of Capuchins
  • Audio guided tour of the Museum and Crypts of Capuchins
  • Entry to Roman Catacombs
  • Entry to Basilica of San Nicola
  • All transfers in an air-conditioned coach bus
  • Piazza Barberini (meeting point)
  • Museum and Crypts of Capuchins
  • Catacombs of Domitilla, San Callisto, or San Sebastiano
  • Basilica di San Nicola in Carcere
  • Piazza Barberini/ San Nicola (tour end point)
  • Tip: Visit the gift shop at the Capuchin Crypts and Museum to buy souvenirs like postcards, mugs, books, and bracelets.
  • Please note that the endpoint for this tour can be either Piazza Barberini or the exit of San Nicola in Carcere.
  • Tours inside Capuchin Crypts will be with audio guides instead of a guided tour as per new rules imposed by the Capuchin Crypts.
  • Strict Dress Code: Both men and women are recommended to wear clothing that covers both shoulders and knees.
  • The experience is not accessible for wheelchair users or people suffering from claustrophobia.
  • Photography is strictly prohibited inside the Capuchin Crypt and flash photography inside the catacombs.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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  • Get ready for an immersive Roman adventure with access to the Catacombs of St. Callixtus, St. John Lateran, Vatican Museums, and Sistine Chapel.
  • Venture deep into the mysterious Catacombs of St. Callixtus, ancient frescoes, winding passages, and resting places of popes guided by an expert.
  • History comes to life at every corner with an audio-guided tour of St. John Lateran and discover gems like Holy Stairs and the Sancta Sanctorum chapel.
  • Step into the lush Vatican Gardens and admire jaw-dropping artworks by Raphael, Bernini, and Michelangelo at the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.
  • Choose to have the Catacombs of St. Callixtus guided tour in a language of your choice including English, German, Spanish, French, and Italian.

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Catacombs of St. Callixtus

  • Entry to Catacombs of St. Callixtus
  • English, Italian, French, Spanish or German-speaking guide

St. John Lateran

  • Admission to the Lateran Complex: Basilica, Cloister, Baptistery, Holy Stairs, and Papal Chapel of the Sancta Sanctorum
  • Audio guide in English, French, Spanish, German & Italian

Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

  • Skip-the-line entry to Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Minibus tour of Vatican Gardens

Catacombs of St. Callixtus

  • Tip: Don’t miss out on the “Cubicle of the Sacraments," containing frescoes and sacraments depicting how the early Christians practiced their faith secretly.
  • Bags no larger than 40x30x20 cm are allowed. They must be carried on the front or held at your side.

St. John Lateran

  • Tip: At the Baptistery consider taking a fun challenge of identifying ancient baptismal font.
  • Facilities: Elevator and Ramp.
  • Note that not all sections or buildings are easily accessible for wheelchair users.
  • The experience is not accessible for wheelchair users, pram/stroller users.

Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

  • Tip: Art lovers, check out Michelangelo’s "The Last Judgment" on the altar wall in the Sistine Chapel.
  • Please find your host at the meeting point specified on the voucher, who will assist you in the check-in process. Please do not head to the entrance of the Vatican Museum directly before meeting your host.
  • For guests with documentation of disabilities and visible disabilities the entry is free along with an additional ticket for 1 companion.
  • Although it is not included in these tickets, access to St. Peter's Basilica is free but there could be a waiting line during peak season.
  • It is recommended to cover tattoos and any other similarly visible distinctive personal signs.
  • Facilities: Wheelchair Accessibility.
  • Note that the following are not allowed: photography, use of mobile phones
    Luggage, large bags, pets, and other small animals (with the exception of guide dogs).
  • Strict Dress Code: Sleeveless blouses, miniskirts, shorts, and hats are not permitted. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

What is the Capuchin Crypt?

The Capuchin Crypt is a 17th-century underground burial chamber located near Piazza Barberini in Rome. Inside, you'll encounter intricate decorations crafted entirely from human bones sourced from the Capuchin friars' cemetery. Each room within the crypt has its own theme, including a femur floor, and has extremely unique features such as a room with a chandelier made of skulls and bones. Mummified corpses dressed as friars also grace the space.

Capuchin Crypt in Rome | Quick Facts

Capuchin Crypt? - Quick Facts
  • Official name: Capuchin Crypt 
  • Location/Address: Via Vittorio Veneto, 27, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
  • Date of opening: 1631
  • Function: Crypt and religious site

Why Visit the Capuchin Crypt?

Why Visit the Capuchin Crypt?
  • Fascinating history: Learn about the Capuchin monks, their religious beliefs, and their unique burial practices that date back to the 16th century.
  • Display of human bones: View the intricate designs and elaborate displays crafted entirely from human bones.
  • Spiritual experience: The Capuchin Crypt holds deep significance, serving as a powerful reminder of the fleeting nature of life. The seemingly macabre display is really a poignant testament to the human experience.
  • Quirky souvenirs: Take home a unique memento of your visit by purchasing one of the many souvenirs available at the gift shop.

Plan Your Visit to the Capuchin Crypt in Rome

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What are the Capuchin Crypt Opening Hours?

Timings: Every day from 10 AM to 7 PM.

Last admission: 6:30 PM 

Best time to visit: It is recommended to visit the crypt early in the morning or late afternoon to avoid crowds. 

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Where is the Capuchin Crypt Located?

Address: Via Vittorio Veneto, 27, 00187 Roma RM, Italy.

The Capuchin Crypt is located beneath the Church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini, which is just a few steps away from the famous Palazzo Barberini.

What’s Inside the Capuchin Crypt Highlights

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Crypt of the Three Skeletons

This crypt features three skeletons enclosed in an oval, symbolizing the cycle of life and death. One skeleton holds a scythe representing mortality, while the other holds scales symbolizing judgment of one's deeds. A placard reminds visitors of the universal truth: "What you are now we used to be; what we are now you will be..."

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Crypt of the Resurrection

Here, you will find a powerful display of human bones arranged to frame a picture of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. It serves as a visual representation of the theme of resurrection and the triumph over death.

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The Chapel for the Mass

This is a non-bone area where mass is celebrated. It houses an altarpiece depicting Jesus, Mary, and saints urging the release of souls from Purgatory. The chapel also contains the heart of Maria Felice Peretti, the grand niece of Pope Sixtus V, and the tomb of Papal Zouaves who died defending the Papal States.

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Crypt of the Skulls

The crypt showcases an arrangement of human skulls, creating a macabre yet fascinating sight that reflects the transience of life and the inevitability of death.

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Crypt of the Basins

It features the arrangement of human pelvis bones, forming basins. This unique display highlights the physicality of the human body and creates a thought-provoking and visually striking experience for visitors.

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Crypt of the Tibias and Femurs

The crypt displays a collection of leg bones and thigh bones, highlighting the structure and strength of the human lower extremities in an artistic and thought-provoking manner.

History of the Capuchin Crypt

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Purpose of the Capuchin Crypt

The crypt was initially created to serve as a burial site for the monks of the Capuchin order. The purpose of the crypt was to remind the living of the fleeting nature of life and the inevitability of death.

The Capuchin Crypt Today

The Capuchin Crypt in Rome is a testament both to the power of religious faith and the creativity of human artistry. It is a beautiful and haunting example of Baroque architecture and design and a significant site for Catholics and others who seek to contemplate the mysteries of life and death. Whether you are a seasoned traveler or simply curious about the world's wonders, the Capuchin Crypt is a must-see destination that is sure to leave a lasting impression.

In addition, the Capuchin Crypt has been featured in numerous books, films, and TV shows as an iconic symbol of Rome and its rich cultural heritage. Some of the most notable works that have included the crypt as a location or plot point include Dan Brown's Angels and Demons and the movie adaptation of J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Capuchin Crypt

What is the Capuchin Crypt?

The Capuchin Crypt is a unique underground burial site in Rome that contains the remains of over 4,000 Capuchin friars.

How old are the bones in the crypt?

The burials in the crypt date back to the period between 1500 and 1870, during which the Roman Catholic Church permitted interments within churches.

How were the bones arranged in the crypt?

The bones are meticulously arranged along the walls of the crypt, forming intricate and elaborate designs. They are integrated into decorative motifs, including chandeliers, arches, and even a clock made of bones.

Why did the Capuchin monks create the crypt?

The crypt was initially created as a burial site for the Capuchin friars. It served as a powerful reminder of the transient nature of life and the inevitability of death.

Can visitors enter the crypt?

Yes, visitors can enter the Capuchin Crypt and explore its unique displays. However, it is important to be respectful of the space and refrain from touching the bones or taking photographs.

Where can I buy Capuchin Crypt tickets?

You can buy Capuchin Crypt tickets at the entrance of the site. However, booking your tickets online in advance is best to avoid long queues.

Can I purchase tickets in advance?

Yes, it is advisable to book your tickets in advance to avoid long queues. Tickets can be purchased at the entrance of the site or through online platforms.

Can I visit other attractions with Capuchin Crypt tickets?

No, Capuchin Crypt tickets only allow access to the crypt itself. If you want to visit other attractions in the area, you must purchase separate tickets.

When was the Capuchin Crypt built?

The Capuchin Crypt was built in the early 17th century, although some of the bones on display date back earlier.

Where is the Capuchin Crypt located?

The Capuchin Crypt is located in Rome, Italy, just a few minutes walk from the Barberini metro station.

What are the timings of the Capuchin Crypt?

The Capuchin Crypt is open daily from 10 AM to 7 PM, with the last admission at 6:30 PM.