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Explore the Undergrounds of Rome in one of the most fascinating tours of the Eternal City. Ancient temples, houses, cemeteries are layered below today's ground level.

Modern Rome is built above the Ancient city and you will have the chance to access the subterreneans. The tour starts from the Triton's Fountain in Barberini Square. The fountain is one of the best artworks by Bernini.

Near the square, you will visit the Church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini and its Capuchin Crypt. The Capuchin friars believed in resurrection and as such, their mummified and skeletal remains (an estimated 4,000 friars) are arranged in funereal art in the six rooms of the crypt. Jaw, pelvis, skull, leg, arm, vertebrae, knee and other bones are stacked, nailed to the walls, hung from the ceiling, and otherwise positioned to create florets, butterflies, clocks, hourglasses, chandeliers and other shapes.

Only few blocks away you will experience the subterreneans of the four-layered Church of St. Clemens. This Medieval Basilica was built above an older church of the IV century AD and this in turn lies on a II century Mitraic temple and a house. You will be guided even deeper underground to touch the bottom level where the I century mint of Rome is still located.

The tour continues to the fortified 12-century monastery and Church of SS. Quattro Coronati (Four Holy Crowned Ones). They were a group of sculptors martyred by Diocletian because they had refused to make a statue of Aesculapius. The church is therefore associated with sculptors and marble masons. The bell-tower is the oldest in the city and the monastery contains the Chapel of St. Sylvester with a delightful fresco cycle of the XIII century. You will then visit the Medieval Cloister that is one of the most secluded spots in rome.

Our walk will finally take you to the Basilica of St. John in Lateran. It is the cathedral of Rome, the first church built in the city, and head of all Catholic churches in the world. The Popes lived next to this church for a thousand years before moving to the Vatican!In front of the Church you will see the highest Egyptian obelisk on Earth. It had been erected by Thothmes IV in front of the temple of Ammon at Thebes and was brought to Rome by Constantius II in 357 AD

 

Crypt of the Capuchins
Michelangelo's Moses
Gladiators' School
Church of St. Clemens
Church of Four Holy Crowned Ones
St. John's Basilica
Ancient City Walls
Holy Steps
Baptistry
OPTIONAL: Catacombs
YOUR REVIEWS
Julie R.

Rome City tours were an excellent choice for us, the booking experience was very efficient with Anna responding speedily to our request to book a tour and all her email replies were friendly and very clear. Claudia was our guide and she was delightful and charming, her knowledge was amazing and she made everything interesting and easy for us to follow. Any questions she had the answers to and answered everything with good humour, especially as she had been called in a the last minute to cover for a colleague who had a family issue to deal with. She told us she loved her job and it was not a problem. We did the Underground tour of Rome and would recommend it as it was a little bit different. We would recommend Rome City Tours to anyone seeking a professional company to help them discover Rome.

Laura S.

Vera was a great guide. My husband and I booked three tours. The first was to the Vatican, the second to the Ruins and the third a tour of the Undergrounds. Vera really made the history pop! Her tours made us feel like we were seeing not only the current Italy, but the many layers of history Italy has to share. The tours were on time, Vera was open to tour suggestions and as many questions as we could throw at her! Really great service.

Barbara W.

A group of 4 of us had the pleasure of doing this tour with Francesca and she was fantastic! We did 3 tours with this company and all of them were absolutely great, without exception. We saw the major sites of crypts and catacombs in the city and Francesca was knowledgeable and kept us interested throughout the entire tour. She planned the route so as to avoid the heaviest traffic and lineups. The private tour was more money than the typical group tours you see but it was well worth the extra money as we did some group tours as well and there was no comparison! This company is fantastic and their guides are the absolute best!

TRIP ADVISOR
DURATION: Half-day (3 hours) or Full-day (7 hours including one hour lunch break)

AVAILABILITY: The tour is private and can run anytime you want.

AGE GROUPS: Suitable for everybody, any age group.
WEATHER: The tour takes places rain or shine.

DRESSING CODE: Comfortable shoes are recommended.
NO LINES POLICY: You will not be standing in lines and waste your precious time.

PRIVATE GUIDE: You will have a great guide only for you!

HOW TO BOOK: Contact us by using our ONLINE FORM or sending us an email to: info@romecitytours.com.