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Shivers Down the Spine

The catacombs are spooky enough to wipe the bored look off your teenager’s face. The best is the Catacombe di San Callisto on the Via Appia Antica. Kids can’t fail to be impressed by the labyrinth of dark corridors and grisly tales of Christian martyrs. The Capuchin Crypt under Santa Maria della Concezione contains the skulls and bones of 3,700 friars arranged all over the walls and ceiling in fanciful patterns. Take the kids to the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth) at Santa Maria in Cosmedin, but warn them that it bites off liars’ hands!

Updated: 2014-07-28

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