This particular tour, especially during the summer time, provides a respite from the searing heat in Rome. Visitors walk through an area mandated by air conditioning to preserve the bones, trail in a line viewing catacombs and go through a tunnel of maze unearthing several layers of churches.
The attractions included in this tour aren't well known but it's a great peek inside the history and culture of Christianity in Rome.
Linnea hosted an intimate group of five, while training a potential tour guide, throughout the underground secrets of Rome, including bones, catacombs and crypts. The attractions appear as normal buildings from the outside, not screaming out to happenstance tourists.
Well-versed in English, Linnea pokes fun about death at the Capuchin Crypt, knows all the tunnels throughout the Catacombs of Priscilla and shares her fascination with history and art of the Basilica of San Clemente.
Linnea was a wonderful, intelligent, professional and compassionate guide. She was patient with everyone’s questions, stopping at souvenir shops, taking photographs and provided detailed understandable responses, frequently with humor. Our pace was steady as she gently guided us along, ensuring we covered all the important aspects of our tour. Her passion for ancient Roman history, along with her breadth and depth of understanding of this time period were quite impressive.
To ensure your prompt arrival, the tour company provides maps and images of the meeting spot. In addition, the tour company present VIP entrances to all attractions, skipping long line of customers to continue the tour without big breaks.
Depending on season, currency rates, and availability, this tour starts at $87 per adult.
- Catacombs of Santa Priscilla
- Earliest Known Depiction of the Virgin Mary
- Capuchin Crypt – Decorated with Human Bones
- Basilica of San Clemente (NOTE - The tour commences in Piazza Barberini and ends at the church of St. Clement.)
Three hours and 30 minutes
Fun facts from the tour
The Capuchin Friars belong to a Roman Catholic religious order of brothers and priests, inspired by the ideals of St. Francis.
The Catacombs of Priscilla, managed by the Benedictine order of nuns, possess the niche with the oldest image in existence of the Virgin Mary.
In 1857, Father Joseph Mullooly, the then Prior of San Clemente, began excavations under the present basilica, uncovering in the process not only the original, fourth-century basilica directly underneath, but also at a still lower level, the remains of an earlier, first-century building.
Walks of Italy
U.S. Phone Number: +1-888-683-8670
Address: Via santa Maria dell'Anima 48/A 00186 Rome, Italy
Il Convento dei Cappuccini di Via Veneto
Italy Phone Number: 06/88, 803,695
Address: Via Veneto 27, Rome 00187
Catacombs of Priscilla
Italy Phone Number: 06-86206272
Address: Via Salaria, 430-00199 Roma
Basilica San Clemente
Italy Phone Number: +39-06-7740021
Address: Via Labicana, 95 Roma 00184 Italia
Tips #1: Visitors will enter churches, requiring respectful dress, not showing shoulders and knees.
Tips #2: These websites do not list gift shops as part of a way to purchase after returning home. Find your treasures when you visit the attractions.
Tips #3: Walks of Italy offers shuttles to drive between the attractions. It's a great way to drive through the streets of Rome without renting a car.