The dark and sinister side of Rome: private tour
Excursions & day trips

The dark and sinister side of Rome: private tour

Free cancellation
Language: English , Italian , German
Availability: Monday-Saturday
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 3 hours
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • See the church built by Cardinal Antonio Barberini for his brother, Pope Urban VIII
  • Admire the wonderful portraits of the Capuchin Monks
  • Learn the story of the underground burial site full of skeletons monks
  • Visit the five chapels inside the underground crypt
What to expect

Start by visiting the wonderful church of Our Lady of the Conception of the Capuchins. Your guide will introduce you to the church by visiting the masterpiece of Reni, the painter who created the St. Michael the Archangel in 1635.

Not to be missed is the refined and unique painting od Stigmatization of St. Francis painted by Muziano in 1570.

The Church holds many other paintings by other artists who contributed in the art history and, your guide, will highlight the most important pieces to keep up the suspance of this wonderfull tour.

Terminated this part of the tour, we will step in to the museums of the Capuchin Monks that hold hundreds of portraits of the Capuchin Monks who lived inside the monastery.

When the athmosphere gets darker, you will be getting down to the crypt where thousands of bones dominates walls, floors, ceilings arches and much more.

The crypt is located just under the church. Cardinal Antonio Barberini, who was a member of the Capuchin order, in 1631 ordered the remains of thousands of Capuchin friars exhumed and transferred from the friary Via dei Lucchesi to the crypt. The bones were arranged along the walls, and the friars began to bury their own dead here, as well as the bodies of poor Romans, whose tomb was under the floor of the present Mass chapel. Here the Capuchins would come to pray and reflect each evening before retiring for the night.

The crypt, or ossuary, now contains the remains of 4,000 friars buried between 1500 and 1870, during which time the Roman Catholic Church permitted burial in and under churches. The underground crypt is divided into five chapels, lit only by dim natural light seeping in through cracks, and small fluorescent lamps. The crypt walls are decorated with the remains in elaborate fashion, making this crypt a macabre work of art. Some of the skeletons are intact and draped with Franciscan habits, but for the most part, individual bones are used to create elaborate ornamental designs.

The crypt originated at a period of a rich and creative cult for their dead; great spiritual masters meditated and preached with a skull in hand.

A plaque in one of the chapels reads, in three languages, "What you are now, we once were; what we are now, you shall be." This is amemento mori.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • Temperature screening is compulsory for all visitors
  • Visitors over 18 must show their ID and proof of one of the following: a full vaccination or first vaccination (this requirement varies depending on the country) received at least 15 days prior, recovery from a COVID-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative result from a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the experience starts. This may also apply to those aged 12 and above
  • What's included
    • 3-hour guided tour
    • Licensed and professional guide
    • Skip-the-line access
    • Admission fees to the museum and the Cript of Capuchin Monks
    What's not included
    • Pick-up and/or drop-off
    • Food or drinks
    Reduced price

    There are no reduced prices

    Where

    Barberini, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

    Meeting point:
    • Please meet your guide at the corner of Via di San Basilio and Via Vittorio Veneto
    • Closest metro station is Barberini station (line A)
    What to remember
    • It is important that your shoulder and knees are covered as you entering in a sacred place
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    When

    All languages start at 03:30pm

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    Provider
    Mea Tours&Events
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 48 hours before the experience begins.

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