Rome reveals a city in the city, let's descend together through layers of history.
The best and quietest Roman catacombs to visit are the ones on the Appia Antica and are one of Rome's first underground Christian cemeteries (dating back to 150 years before Christianity was legalized). This site has extraordinary ancient frescoes, eerie tunnels and unforgettable views.
But Rome underground is not only catacombs! We'll visit another site that could be even better: the Capuchin bone crypt, a cemetery literally built from bones! The chambers are decorated with the remains of some 4,000 friars.
For kids, it’s a fascinating anatomy lesson and for adults, a moving reminder of what we’ll all become.
The message at the end of the crypt says it all: “What you are now, we once were. What we are now, you will be.”
We’ll also visit the Basilica of San Clemente, which is much more than a church: it’s a voyage both below ground and back in time. Discover what remained a secret for hundreds of years: beneath the current 12th century basilica lies a 4th century basilica and beneath that, a 1st century Mithraic secret temple, apartments, and long-lost stream