Conceptio in Itinere

Roman Thrills

The darkest corners of Rome
length 4hrs approx  Available: From Tue. to Sat. in the morning. On Tue. and Thur. only afternoon. The museums are closed on Sunday and Monday.

The tour starts from the slopes of Via Veneto with the Church of Immacolata Concezione. The Church has been built by Cardinal Antonio Barberini, a Cappuccino friar. The Cappuccino friars live in the convent next-door. There’s a very particular Crypt in the underground of the Church where all the friars of this order have been buried till 1830. Due to the reduced dimension of the rooms and the high number of the friars buried here, the Brothers of the convent have been forced to exhume the corpses, storing and preserving the bones of the skeletons. Today, the crypt hosts the bones of 4.000 friars in a very particular way…the crypt and its minor chapels are a real “dark masterpiece”, with all decorations made with the bones of the monks, including the skeletons of Barberini Family.


Continuing our tour among the darkest sides of Rome, crossing the Tiber we arrive in Via dei Gracchi (Vatican area) to the Horror Museum & Store by Dario Argento (the biggest Italian horror movie-maker of ever, with movies like Profondorosso, Suspiria, Phenomena, The Opera’s Ghost, Stendhal syndrome etc..) The Museum on the lower floor of the store, is very famous in Rome for hosting important cinematographic donations of popular productions by Mr Dario Argento and Mr Federico Fellini (author of La Dolce Vita, Amarcord etc..), bloody masks and a wide range of movie special effects.

And… if that’s not enough for your stomach lets continue with the M.u.c.r.i., the Criminology Museum of Rome, located inside the XIX century’s prisons of the to be Tribunal Palace.. never realized. Here’s the story of criminology illustrated by an exposition starting from the period of the famous executioner of Rome under the Pope, Mastro Titta, till the crimes of the XX century. The exhibition includes the Roman Guillotine, once located in Piazza del Popolo, all the instruments of Mastro Titta and a large session dedicated to the works of art fakes and smugglings.

After such a thrilling tour what do you think about having a relaxing aperitif ? Our driver can leave you in one of the cafés and wine-bars of the characteristic Trastevere quarter.

Tour includes: transportation with private vehicle, authorized local English speaking guide, entrance fees to ‘Mucri’ the Criminology Museum and Horror Museum. Aperitif is optional.


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