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  1. Italy
  2. Lazio
  3. Rome
  4. Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano

Rome: Catacombs and Crypts Small Group Minibus Tour

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Explore the crypts and catacombs of Ancient Rome on a half-day small group bus tour. See a chapel adorned with the human bones of early Christian, and go to the unusual church of San Nicola in Carcere, where Rome's story is revealed across unique layers.
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Duration: 3.25 hours
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  • Explore the crypts and catacombs of the early Christians in Rome
  • Step back in time at the 'Lasagne Church' San Nicola in Carcere
  • See the bones of 4,000 monks, embedded in the walls of the "Bone Chapel"
  • Wander the labyrinthine Roman Catacombs of the early Christians
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Escape the crowds of the Colosseum and Vatican, and explore the darker side of Rome on a 3-hour and 15-minute small group tour of the ancient catacombs and crypts. Venture to parts of the city that few visitors ever see, traveling between sites by air-conditioned minibus.

Your guide will take you to 3 memorable sites, each revealing the extraordinary secrets of Ancient Rome. They include the labyrinthine Roman Catacombs that were part burial ground and part refuge for the persecuted early Christians of Ancient Rome.

Visit the Capuchin Crypt, known locally as the “Bone Chapel,” and marvel at the walls, decorated with the bones more than 4,000 monks.

Finally, you’ll visit one of Rome’s hidden treasures. The Basilica of San Nicola in Carcere is a voyage both below ground and back in time, but this basilica is so much more historically important. It was built in the 10th century on the site of three temples dating back to the 1st century BC, which themselves were at the heart of an Ancient Roman fruit and vegetable market dating to the 4th century BC. Much of the original temples, including their marble columns, were built into the structure of the existing basilica but left exposed, so when you visit today you can literally descend through the levels of time.
  • Admission to all sites
  • Transfers between sites by air-conditioned bus
  • Guide
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pick-up/drop off
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet on Piazza Barberini, by Bernini's Triton Fountain in the middle of the square. If you are traveling by public transport, take the Metro to "Barberini" (2 stops west of Rome Termini).

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Not allowed
  • Baby strollers
Know before you go
• This itinerary include sacred sites with a strict dress code. You are kindly requested to keep your shoulders and knees covered at all times (men and women)
• Due to their holy nature, photography is not allowed at the sites visited
• Unfortunately it is not possible to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers on this tour
• Until December 28, 2019 guests will visit Case Romane.
• From December 29, 2019 guests will visit the Roman Aqueducts, Appian Way, and Cecilia Metella
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Product ID: 49081