Private Tour Dark and Sinister Side of Rome

Explore the dark side of Rome on a 3-hour tour of the Convent of the Capuchin Friars. Enter the museum to learn more about the Capuchin Monks. See the chapel of bones in the crypt under the Church of Our Lady of the Conception of the Capuchins.

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  • What's included :
    • Professional guide
    • Blue Badge guide
    • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
    • Entry/Admission - Museum and Crypt of Capuchins
    • Guaranteed to skip the lines
    What's excluded :
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini, Via Vittorio Veneto, 27, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

    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.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Museum and Crypt of Capuchins, Via Vittorio Veneto 27, 00187 Rome Italy

    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 atmosphere 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."

    Duration: 2 hours

  • Departure Point :
    Fontana delle Api, Piazza Barberini, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
    Departure Time :
    3:30 PM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • as you entering a sacred place, please dress appropriately. Shoulders and knees for gentleman and ladies must be covered.
    • It is important that you are at the designed meeting point 15 minutes prior tour departure.
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • All health and safety measurements place by the Italian Government have been placed on our tours.
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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Organised by Mea ToursEvents S.r.l.

Activity ID: V-30495P2

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