Dark Side of Rome Small Group Tour
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3 hours
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What You'll Do
  • Go inside the Chapel of Bones at the Church of Our Lady of the Conception of the Capuchins
  • Learn more about the Capuchin monks of Rome
  • See masterpieces of art by Reni and Muziano
  • Discover why the bodies of Capuchin friars were exhumed and transferred
  • Admire the portraits of Capuchin monks
  • Marvel at a masterpiece of macabre art
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.
What to Expect
Marvel at a crypt full of thousands of bones, and learn more about the Capuchin Monks of Rome on a 3-hour guided tour. Enter the Church of Our Lady of the Conception of the Capuchins, and get an introduction to the history of the church.

See a masterpiece by the artist Reni, who created the “St. Michael the Archangel” in 1635. Then, admire a painting of the “Stigmatization of St. Francis” by Muziano. Discover other important art housed in the church, before going inside the museums to see hundreds of portraits of the monks who lived in the monastery. The atmosphere gets darker as you descend to the crypt, where thousands of bones cover the walls, floors, and ceiling arches.

Hear about the Capuchin cardinal Antonio Barberini, and how he ordered the remains of thousands of Capuchin friars to be exhumed and transferred from the friary of Via dei Lucchesi. The friars then began to bury their own dead here, as well as the bodies of poor Romans beneath the chapel where the Capuchins would pray and reflect each evening.

See the bones of 4,000 friars, buried in the crypt between 1500 and 1870. Look inside the 5 subterranean chapels, lit by dim natural light through tiny cracks, and small fluorescent lamps. 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."
What's Included
  • Licensed guide
  • Skip-the-line entrance fees to the museum and crypt of the Capuchin monks
What's Not Included
  • Pick-up and drop off
  • Food and drinks
Meeting Point

Meet your guide at the corner of Via di San Basilio and Via Vittorio Veneto. They will be holding a "Mea Tours" sign for ease of recognition (nearest metro station Barberini - Line A)

Know Before You Go
• Please wear clothes that cover your shoulders and knees to enter this sacred place

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