Joy of Rome

LIVE TOURS
ANCIENT ROME
CATACOMBS and the Capuchin Crypts Tour

LIVE TOURSANCIENT ROMECATACOMBS and the Capuchin Crypts Tour

CATACOMBS and the Capuchin Crypts Tour

Rome, Catacombs of Callixtus, The Crypt of the Popes - photo by Dnalor 01 Wikimedia Commons

Key Details

This Tour includes:

One catacomb chosen from our list + The Crypt of the Capuchin Monks

Notes

ONLY PRIVATE

To speak of underground Rome is to talk about many different things. There can be entire churches beneath the ground, as in the case of Saint Clement; or Roman dwellings, as in the case of the houses beneath the Church of Saint John and Saint Paul, all of which we can explore on this tour.
But if you are interested in the catacombs, Rome has so many that you could travel the entire city passing through the tunnels and passageways of this incredible subterranean cemetery. Explore two of them together and then visit the famous crypt of the bones of the Capuchins! Scared?
There are more than 40 catacombs which wind and weave for about 150km underground and on many different levels. That’s why you need to have a guide with you! But the first thing you’ll need to do is choose which catacombs interest you the most so that we can be guide you through the labyrinth of mysterious, dark tunnels.

Where are the catacombs of Rome?

It was prohibited to perform burials within the city walls, so cemeteries were constructed along the consular roads and along the most famous roadways like the via Appia and via Ostiense, which led to the sea. A visit to the catacombs is also an opportunity to discover interesting areas a little outside of the city centre.

How do you get to the catacombs?

This is something you can decide, either by taxi or alternatively by private car.

Which are the most beautiful catacombs to visit with a guide?

This is a hard question to answer because each cemetery has its own special and unique features. They all share in having kilometres of tunnels decorated with frescoes and inscriptions and each tour will include an exploration of the areas open to the public with one of our guides and also, in some cases, with the expertise of the archaeological site managers. Together we will discover the meanings of symbols hidden within inscriptions and admire some of the most beautiful and important frescoes from the early Christian era. Seeing as we need to make a selection of which catacombs, here are our favourites which we’ve decided to include in our tour. The first on the list is our TOP CHIOCE 🙂

How many catacombs will we visit on a tour?

One from the ones we have listed, depending on your interests, the time of the week, and the opening hours!

Are there human remains in the catacombs?

No, or rather, if there are they are no longer visible for reasons you’ll discover during the tour. This is why we have chosen to combine these locations with the one place where, absolutely, you will see a great deal of bones together: the Crypts of the Capuchin Monks! In reality the crypt is a closed portico within the Church of Saint Mary of the Conception, known also as the Church of the Capuchin Monks. It is decorated with the bones of at least 4,000 Capuchin brothers who died between 1528 and 1870!! Some of the corpses are still mummified, others have lost their names but their remains, their bones, have been used to decorate the small room, forming lamps, stars, festoons, clocks, garlands … Yes, it is truly like this – pelvic bone, femurs, shin bones, and jaw bones have been used as decorative objects! You’ll need a strong stomach!

Days of the week and hours:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday (Mornings from 9.30am and afternoons from 2pm)

Price

The cost of the tours will vary depending on the season and the day of the week.

CATACOMBS

Full price: €12.00 adults
Reduced price: €7.00 children between 6 and 15 years of age
Free: Children under the age of 6 and carers for those with disabilities.

CAPPUCHIN CRYPTS

Full price: €10
Reduced price: €7.00 (under 18 – over 65)
Entrance tickets to the different catacombs are not included in the tour price and can be purchased at the sites.

ASK for availability

People say about us…

  • star rating  We did four tours with Grace and found her to be extremely knowledgeable, speaking at length about the history, culture and traditions of the artifacts we saw. She answered all... read more

    elinan897
    August 17, 2022

    star rating  Took four tours with Joy of Rome and Francesca and Grace were a true Joy! We did the Vatican, catacombs, pantheon and colosseum. Highly recommend! Thanks so much ladies.

    KRMackey
    August 14, 2022

    star rating  Francesca was a great guide. She engaged with my 8 yo and had lots of interesting details to share. Definitely a must do tour in Rome.

    experiencejunkie
    July 28, 2022
  • star rating  Great tour with not just historical facts but plenty of anecdotes that kept the teenagers attentive the whole time. Massimo was just fantastic. Period.

    attobc
    July 28, 2022

    star rating  My teen daughter and I had a private tour of both the colosseum and the Vatican on 2 separate days.
    Our tour guide was Sarena. This was an... read more

    S B
    July 19, 2022

    star rating  Great service .. our guide Salvatore was very informative and patient.
    Would highly recommend this company and your .
    Did t feel rushed and got a good idea of the... read more

    varshak777
    July 16, 2022
  • star rating  Francesca was a terrific guide to the Colosseum and ancient Rome, and she kept our boys (aged 11 and 16) engaged and interested, even though it was a rather warm... read more

    Q7554QNdavidt
    July 13, 2022

    star rating  Our Joy of Rome tour was our favorite tour we did in Rome. Serena was our guide and not only was she informative, but kind and accommodating. She was excited... read more

    Torivjs
    July 9, 2022

    star rating  Thanks to Francesca, our Colosseum tour was the highlight of our Rome trip. She kept our young boys (6 and 8) engaged and focused. The Colosseum is a huge place... read more

    jtcraze
    June 2, 2022
  • star rating  Francesca was extremely knowledgeable. She has great enthusiasm for the art, artists, the gallery and helping us learn. She answered our questions and welcomed them. It deepened... read more

    KAQComo
    May 29, 2022

    star rating  We had a private Vatican Tour on a Friday night with Serena. It was incredible! Serena was so engaging and knowledgeable. Her enthusiasm was contagious. ... read more

    bhamwanative
    May 20, 2022

    star rating  Joy of Rome is a sheer delight! We went on 4 tours with them and all were supremely fantastic! The wonderful Serena took us on The Highlights of Rome walking... read more

    J8066MYricharde
    May 10, 2022
  • star rating  Arianna opened our eyes to marvels that we would have never known without her guiding us through this extraordinary museum. We loved her enthusiasm, knowledge and great ability to... read more

    Travel404746
    May 9, 2022

    star rating  I would highly recommend Joy of Rome. The whole experience from booking the tickets by email to being guided to the meeting point to the tour itself was faultless.
    I... read more

    elisabethpW177GN
    April 10, 2022

    star rating  the thing i liked the most about the tour was that Grace our tour guide was an expert in the field and showed how professional she was by her excellent... read more

    Carlaandstelios
    March 14, 2022
  • star rating  We were looking for an engaging, informative tour of the Colosseum for our kids (and us!) and Serena was the perfect solution. She brought the experience to life through storytelling... read more

    P7605RV
    February 20, 2022

    star rating  SUPERLY AND HIGHLY RECOMMEND THEIR TOURS!!!
    We followed 2 tours (becoz 1 is definitely not enough), separately with Serena for Caravaggio theme and Massimo for Dark Ladies theme. To say... read more

    qcai26
    February 4, 2022

    star rating  We had a truly wonderful tour of the Colosseum with Serena. It was the perfect length, with just the right amount of content and fun for our 7 and... read more

    susangY8096VB
    January 2, 2022
  • star rating  We absolutely loved our Caravaggio tour with Serena. She is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about art history and,more specifically, this intriguing and enigmatic artist. We visited three churches over a... read more

    KatherineD364
    November 12, 2021

    star rating  Our amazing tour guide was Francesca. Her ability to articulate what we were seeing and why it was important kept us two adults, two teens, and 10 year old... read more

    brittanybE4477IH
    October 29, 2021

    star rating  Another amazing tour from Joy of Rome. Francesca managed to entertain all of us - me, 2 children (9 and 12) and two students, with a wide variety of knowledge... read more

    13phillipab
    October 21, 2021
  • star rating  Our family of four, with two girls ages 13 and 11, enjoyed a wonderful tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with Francesca last week. Francesca was terrific--she... read more

    208peterv
    October 18, 2021

    star rating  The intimacy of having a one-on-one guide, Emma, for both the Vatican and the Colosseum was second to none. I highly recommend this tour company and if at all possible... read more

    richradil
    October 14, 2021

    star rating  Francesca’s knowledge of art history and her charming and warm personality are a winning combination.

    Y4500ESveronicab
    October 3, 2021
  • star rating  Francesca was an amazing tour guide for our family with kids ages 10, 10, 6. She kept them engaged the whole time, explained the historically significant aspects of the... read more

    Wheedler123
    June 9, 2021

    star rating  We visited with our three boys, ages 12, 9, 7. Grace was amazing! She had so many interesting details to share with us. Grace is energetic, kind, incredibly knowledgeable... read more

    814ingridy
    June 2, 2021

    star rating  Amazing tour hosted by Francesca. Kids thoroughly enjoyed all parts of the Colosseum. Francesca was so engaging with the kids, made it fun and adapted to what they wanted to... read more

    NatalieYNZ
    May 29, 2021
  • star rating  We did the Vatican tour and the Colosseum tour with Francesca! She was amazing with our two boys aged 9 and 12. They both said her tours were their favorite... read more

    B2984KEheatherm
    November 14, 2020

    star rating  My friend and I did Francesca's tour together; it was a wonderful experience!
    Even though we both have been to Rome several times, we had never seen
    these smaller... read more

    359shellieb
    October 18, 2020

    star rating  We had a fantastic Colosseum tour with Francesca today! She was very knowledgeable and our children (ages 5, 7, and 10) were completely engaged. She adapted well to their interests... read more

    plaamaK
    September 26, 2020