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  • Availability: All year round
  • Days of operation: Every day
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Pick up time: 2 pm

Underground Rome – San Clemente & The Catacombs:

Explore Rome Catacombs, the burial underground sites of Rome sitting in the tranquil surrounds of the Appian Way! Discover the hidden churches and houses and temples that lie deep beneath the streets of modern-day Rome!

This unlikely tour is likely to deliver on surprises, so prepare to descend into the great unknown!

Tour Description and Highlights:

San Clemente Church

Start your Rome underground tour at St. Clemente church! The site is one of the most excellent examples of how the Romans constructed buildings on top of buildings, whether churches, temples, or houses. On the inside, discover the sobering sight of the Baroque Basilica. The Church is elegantly decorated with an array of impressive mosaics and frescoes, conceived by Masaccio and Masolino.

Then descend from the sunlight and arrive 3-floors beneath the streets of Ancient Rome, discovering the fantastic San Clemente Church alongside its gurgling water source. Relish the journey back to the 1st century AD as San Clemente itself sits atop a 4th-century Basilica, which depicts the ‘San Clemente miracles’ – frescoes that seem to show a curious comic-like cartoon dating back to 1100 AD.

The biggest Underground Rome site & The Cult of Mithras

Descending to the Ancient Rome level, you will explore an aged Republican house that was destroyed during the great fire of AD 64. From the 3rd century, its courtyard became a temple for the cult of Mithras. The noises of a subterranean river create an eerie experience!

Subterranean Rome

The Churches of Rome often hide subterranean ancient Rome sites. Beneath the Appian Way, we find numerous tunneled catacombs. They protect mosaics, graffiti, and wall paintings, all dating back to ancient times. Alongside empty sarcophagi and small Christian altars, there is a real sense of religious heritage in these eerie spaces.

Rome Catacombs

Rome does extend everywhere, with many of its sites to be discovered underground. Experts continue to turn up all manner of new finds – each incredibly well-preserved – which are not only a thrilling spectacle but also tell us a lot about the ancestral history of the city. Listen to passionate Rome guides and absorb all their wisdom!

Uncover early Christian burial grounds that sit directly beneath the Appian Way. Incredible sites that are over one-kilometer long. We will bring to St. Clemente, Santa Domitilla, or St. Sebastian, depending on the day and the time of your tour, but they all are genuinely mesmeric spaces.

Pick up details

Pick up time is 15 minutes to half an hour before the tour starts, according to your location. To optimize your precious time, we pick you up from all hotels, apartments, and B&B located within a radius of 7 kilometers from the Pantheon.

What’s included in the tour:

– Pick-up and drop-off from centrally-located hotels in Air-conditioned mini-van
– St. Clemente and its underground site guided visit
– Guided visit of one of the three main CAtacombs in Rome
– Intermediate transfers between St, Clemente and the Appian Way
– Professional Certified Guide to all sites
– Skip the line tickets to all sites
– COVID 19 safety measures: face mask and hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
(social distancing from other visitors enforced: temperature checks for everybody entering museums and archaeological sites)

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