Hidden Underground Rome Tour

Roam beneath the Eternal City with a PhD archaeologist on my Hidden Underground Rome tour!

Hidden Underground Rome Tour

Roam beneath the Eternal City with a PhD archaeologist on my Hidden Underground Rome tour!

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Daily

TIMES

Flexible

DURATION

3 Hours

COST

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Tour Overview

AVAILABILITY

Daily

TIMES

Flexible

DURATION

3 Hours

COST

From

Immersive

Explore Hidden Underground Rome with me and you’ll be in the company of a PhD archaologist who has worked on some of these sites and loves drilling down into Rome's fascinating history.

Educational

Why choose me for your Hidden Rome Underground tour? Because as well as imparting my vast knowledge of these sites in a fun, gripping way, I can answer any questions you might have as we explore together!

Comprehensive

Over the course of three hours, we’ll explore such sites as the subterranean levels of the Basilica of San Clemente, the Catacombs of Domitilla, and the macabre ‘Bone Church’ of the Capuchin Monks!

**Please note that, due to Covid restrictions in place in 2022, this tour’s itinerary may differ**

 

Start your Underground Rome tour in the Basilica of San Clemente

 

Nowhere is time more present than during a visit to Basilica of San Clemente. Here, just a stone’s throw from the Colosseum, you can journey back centuries by descending below the 12th-century basilica down to the fourth-century church below.

 

Adorned with fascinating frescoes, immersive inscriptions, this church has to be seen to be believed. Buried beneath the basilica above, it’s an emotive, eerie place, where you can still imagine the lives of the monks to whom it was home. But if this remnant of the Rome of the Popes is captivating, wait until you descend even further to the second-century pagan temple below.

 

Discover the Mithraeum: a pagan sacrificial temple

 

Going even deeper below the church, we’ll come upon the Mithraeum, a temple to the enigmatic eastern god Mithras, to whom bloody sacrifices were made on the altar you’ll see before you. After learning all about this mysterious cult, whose influence spread throughout the Roman Empire, we’ll go even deeper to explore the residential foundations dating to the Roman Republic.

 

Against the soothing sound of a subterranean stream, we’ll fully explore this intriguing area. Before the Great Fire of Rome in 68 AD, this was in all likelihood the home of the city mint. See if you can spot its traces as we explore deep below the medieval basilica.

 

Continue your Underground Rome tour at the Catacombs of Domitilla

 

From there, we will venture to the Catacombs of Domitilla, among the oldest in the city and one of the few still containing bones. I have a close, personal connection to these catacombs, having worked here for a few years with a team of Austrian archaeologists. During our studies, we carried out a series of 3D laser scans revealing the enormity of their dimensions. Making me the best places person to guide you through their labyrinthine tunnels!

 

Descending into this first century CE burial site, we’ll walk among the shades of some 150,000 of Rome’s infernal population. Both Christians and pagans were buried here, and each has left us incredible traces in the form of the Hypogeum of the Good Shepherd and the Cemetery of the Aurelian Flavians. Discover the catacombs with me and I’ll show you the highlights.

 

As an optional extra, we can visit the macabre Bone Church

 

Should you wish to add an extra site to your Hidden Underground Rome tour, we can visit the Church of the Capuchin Monks, not far from the Basilica of San Clemente. Below the church is a small museum. But the main highlight here is the eerily macabre Bone Crypt. Here, the skeletal remains of 3,700 friars are arranged as a sort of macabre artwork, inviting us to ponder an existential question: “What you are, we once were,” a sign reads. “What we are, you someday will be.”

 

As with all my tours, my Hidden Underground Rome tour grants skip-the-line entrance to all sites, allowing you to discover the Eternal City without any of the usual hassle. So get in touch with me now and let’s start exploring!

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Cancellations made 8 days or more prior to the scheduled tour will be in receipt of a full refund. 

 

No-shows and late cancellations are subject to a 100% penalty fee.

 

I always purchase your tickets in advance (to save any waiting in line) so they are non-refundable.

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    Terms and Conditions*

    • Wrap up warm! Rome's catacombs and underground sites can be pretty chilly, even in summer.

     

    • Make sure to bring your phone or camera!

     

    • We can meet either at your hotel or at a central location within the city center.