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Rome: Capuchin Crypts Skip-the-Line Ticket and Guided Tour

1. Rome: Capuchin Crypts Skip-the-Line Ticket and Guided Tour

Start your visit at the Capuchin Museums to learn about the place's culture and spirituality. Continue towards the Crypt of the Three Skeletons, the only area where the human skeleton can be seen in its unadorned entirety. Next, visit the Crypt of the Leg Bones and Thigh Bones. Admire the Crypt of Pelvises, which contains 2 Capuchins serenely reclining in an arched position. Look at the crosses on the ground, which marks the graves of the 7 Capuchins. Stroll through the Crypt of the Skulls and check out its famous hourglass. Learn about how, when the Capuchins left their old friary near the Trevi Fountain, they decided to transfer the bones of friars who had been buried under the Church of Saint Bonaventure. In accordance with Capuchin law, which did not allow burials to take place within the churches, an underground cemetery was designed. Here, they deposited the bones brought from the old friary. Since then, the crypt has been the burial place of the Capuchins.

Rome: Capuchin Crypt Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

2. Rome: Capuchin Crypt Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Follow an expert English-speaking guide through the Museum and Crypt of the Capuchin Friars, located under the 17th-century church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini in the historic heart of Rome. Discover macabre masterpieces of art from the Middle Ages in the bone crypts, where your licensed guide will take you on a journey through the 500-year history of the Capuchin monks. Hear how – and why – they led to the creation of one of the darkest museums in the world. Stop to take a closer look at a different artifacts that hold secrets about life in the Eternal City in the Middle Ages. Be amazed by the different bone crypts that serve as a silent reminder of the swift passage of life on Earth. 

Rome: Capuchin Crypt Private Guided Tour

3. Rome: Capuchin Crypt Private Guided Tour

Enter the Church of Our Lady of the Conception of the Capuchins, and get an introduction to the history of the church and the Capuchin monks. Admire masterpieces by Reni and Muziano and see hundreds of portraits of the monks. The deeper you go, the darker the atmosphere gets. In the crypt, see the bones of 4,000 friars that cover the walls, floors, and ceiling arches. Discover the history of this fascinating location and learn how it came to be full of so many corpses. Hear about the Capuchin Cardinal Antonio Barberini, and why he ordered the remains of thousands of Capuchin friars to be exhumed and transferred here.  Look inside the 5 subterranean chapels and marvel at a macabre work of art of intact skeletons draped with Franciscan habits and bones arranged in elaborate designs. Discover the ghoulish sign that reads, "What you are now, we once were; what we are now, you shall be."

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 274 reviews

Really fun tour, guide was well spoken and knowledgeable. I went back and went through the museum again after the tour to make sure I didn't miss anything. Would recommend.

It was so beautiful highly recommend this experience if you’re travelling to Rome!!! The sweetest guides and they had a lot of valuable, interesting information!

Really interesting and unusual tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Would highly recommend.

The guide was FABULOUS! He told his nickname was Slob but I can't remeber his full name. Great guide

Was amazing and very interesting the guide was very knowledgeable and funny