Explore the early Christian history of Rome on a 1-hour tour of the underground burial chambers of the Capuchin Crypt. Learn more in the Capuchin Museum and Church of Santa Maria Immacolata. Then, attend a concert of Gregorian chants.
What to Expect
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.
- Entrance to the Capuchin Crypt and Museum
- English-speaking art historian guide