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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 & Museum Tour with Choral Concert

2. Rome: Capuchin Crypt & Museum Tour with Choral Concert

Tour Rome's underground burial chambers and crypts to discover a history that predates Christianity, and post-dates the Renaissance. This 1-hour tour takes you back to a time when Christianity was considered a cult and its members were executed as heretics and buried as martyrs. You will see hundreds of burial chambers, from modest single sites to extravagant family tombs, in the long corridors of the underground city. First, visit the Capuchin Crypt and Museum for an encounter with Caravaggio’s magnificent “St. Francis in Meditation” canvas, along with masterpieces by Domenichino and Reni. See relics from the life of St. Francis and some of his followers. The Crypt is decorated with the bones of 4,000 Capuchin monks, including a real skull and crossbones and chandeliers made of human vertebrae. Then, attend a choral concert by the renowned Schola Romana Ensemble inside the Basilica of Santa Maria Immacolata. The program is rare and valuable, and alternates the archaic mysticism of Gregorian Chants - the most ancient form of Occidental music - with the best polyphony compositions by the Roman School, including masterworks by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina.

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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This was a fantastic tour and the guide SLB was amazing. Incredibly knowledgeable and framed the tour in a way that made the history here very thought provoking. Great guide and great historical site!!

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