Is Capuchin Crypt Worth a visit? and with kids?

Calvin Hanson

Calvin Hanson

Back in South Carolina, I would read Atlas Obscura (Kids Edition) to my kids before bed and we would learn about quirky and strange places around the world. One of these sites happen to be Capuchin Crypt in Rome, Italy.

So while in Rome with my family for 10 days, I decided to visit the Capuchin Crypt and Museum in Rome in real life and with my 9 year old.

What exactly is Capuchin Crypt?

If you aren’t familiar with the site, it is  located beneath the church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini. It contains the skeletal remains of 3,700 bodies believed to be Capuchin friars buried by their order. The strange or interesting part is that a monk took it upon himself to arrange these bones as artistic decorations and religious symbolism for the various crypts. Capuchin Crypt Entry Fees for Adult and Child

Entry to Capuchin Crypt & Museum

Entry to Capuchin Crypt is 8.50€ for adults, 5€ for kids and the audio guide is only 1.50€.

We really recommend the audio guide for a deeper experience

As you can imagine most people want to rush to see the bones, but the history and background provided by the audio tour is really great! It helps deepen the experience as you reflect on life, death and faith. It gives you a great history of the Capuchin order (a branch of the Franciscan order) and about the unique artwork and artifacts. As you view the actual crypts, you will get a great explanation of the history and ideas behind who created them and why.

Would you visit this? Would you take your kid?

Maddox did so well and listened to the whole tour. Some kids may not be able to do this. Also I don’t think I would take my 6 year old as it would probably scare her more. I almost didn’t go with Maddox but after discussing it with him, he seemed ready to experience the crypts. You can always skip the tour and go right to the 4 chapel crypts if that’s your desire. The whole crypt tour took about 1 hour but you could spend more easily. If you are in Rome and want an offbeat tourist attraction or if it is a rainy day, the Capuchin Crypt is a great option.

How to get to the Capuchin Crypt

You can take the Rome Metro to Barberini and it is just across the street. There is a cool antique collector roman coin vendor just beside it as well! Here is the google address

Read more about the Crypt in Atlas Obscura

Buy the Atlas Obsura book for quirky sites to visit on your global adventure inspiration or night time reading:

Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders

We love this book as adults and for our kids (There is a kid version as well). It is full of quirky “tourist sites” and adventures like Capuchin Crypt!

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