You'll want to fill it up, when you learn about our world famous Colosseum Underground Tour!
While we are mostly riding around the sites, Catacombs and churches will involve walking up&down the stairs.
Nicknamed the "Lasagna Church", your expert guide will lead you 60ft underground. Venturing down through 3 different levels of History, you'll start at the 12th century and finish at the 1st.
On this Roman Catacombs Tour, you'll uncover the history of a religion that existed 2000 years ago and rivaled Christianity. This is a hidden gem of Rome.
Luxury climate-controlled transportation is included from destination to destination during the entire duration of your Private Catacombs Rome Tour.
Your journey continues out on the Ancient Appian Way, where you'll descend into the oldest and best preserved complex of Roman catacombs, dating back to the 1st century AD!
Your expert guide will show you an underground Basilica from the 4th century where Christian pilgrims used to congregate for their faith. Pilgrims still come here today.
Most envisage Jesus as bearded and with long hair. As you will learn on our Catacombs tour, this wasn't always so. This is one of Rome's treasures.
Take a short walk along a stretch of this famous ancient road that was built as long ago as 312 BC and once trodden on by the likes of Julius Caesar!
When your tour is complete, your luxury climate-controlled vehicle will transport you back to your Rome accommodation.
You will enter churches and other Christian points of interest that would be difficult to reach without our help.
This private tour includes transportation in a luxury climate controlled vehicle from your centrally located hotel or residence.
Visit many sites off the beaten track that are some of Rome's greatest cultural points of interest.
Are you looking to explore Rome’s underground world with your own personal guide? This Private Catacombs Rome Tour does just that, taking you on a special journey to another side of the eternal city. Many think that Rome's history is contained within the 'historical center', but there is much more to discover.
The Roman Guy knows where all of Rome's historical secrets lie, in and around the city. Sometimes you need to stray off the tourist track to discover the city’s hidden gems, and we are here to help you!
This Private Catacombs Rome Tour takes you underground to a mysterious world that uncovers a secret path paved by faith, endurance and dedication. For nearly 3 centuries, Christianity was illegal in the Roman Empire, and Christians were forced to bury their dead outside the city walls and perform their religious rituals in secrecy.
Join us on this incredible Catacombs tour as we unveil another side of Rome, uncovering the history of a religion that existed 2,000 years ago and rivaled Christianity. You’ll see some of the most spectacular churches of the Eternal City like San Clemente and the Underground Basilica, as well as having the chance to walk along one of the world's most famous and ancient roads of the Roman Empire, the Ancient Appian Way.
Your private English-speaking expert guide will share interesting Roman catacombs facts as well as the lesser known hidden treasures, bringing this mysterious world to life. Having your very own personal guide will allow you ask all the questions you like, so that you can learn more about everything you find the most interesting.
Guide, Tickets & Admissions included.
Experience one of the only remaining "Medieval" churches left in Rome. Journey back in time to the Dark Ages where the only hope a person could feel was in the intricate detail of the decoration of their churches. This church by itself is incredible, but it also has secrets that were only uncovered over a century ago. Along with your private expert guide, you'll gain access to a staircase that takes you to an IV century church that was built directly below the current one just after the legalization of Christianity.
You will rediscover lost frescoes about Christian martyrs and important saints that date back to over a thousand years ago. See one of the first examples of the modern Italian language in written form, a full two centuries before Dante made the language famous. But there are still more secrets to uncover on this Roman catacombs tour. Walk down yet another level to discover a lost Mithraeum and hear the truth behind pagan worship in Rome and one of the main competitors to Christianity in the early years. As impossible as it sounds, your final descent will lead you to 60ft. below the current ground level and into an ancient Roman house. You are now at the level of the underground water springs and will not only hear but also see, running water from the original Roman waterways.
Ancient Roman Pagans didn't believe in any hope after death. They went to a "Necropolis" or "City of the Dead" and the story ended there. Christians believed that when they died, they went to a resting place until resurrected - known as a coemeterium. Either way, Roman law forbade being buried in the city center so our journey continues in an air-conditioned vehicle and you're taken to the Christian catacombs of Domitilla, about 15 minutes outside the city. This is one of the best catacombs to visit in Rome.
Your private guide will dispel some myths surrounding early Christianity including: All Roman Emperors wanted to kill Christians and that Christians used to hide in the Catacombs during persecutions. You will also learn that the symbol of the cross was not used in early Christianity and the real reason why the symbol of the fish was used.
Get ready to experience a church built underground in honor of two Roman soldiers who preferred a brutal death to simply praying to the Roman Emperor. Early Christianity will unveil more of its secrets to you as you pass through the narrow corridors and see the final resting places of hundreds of thousands of early Christians. Here you will find heart-warming epitaphs to the departed, fourth-century frescoes of saints and witness a painting of Jesus Christ that will change your mind forever of what Jesus Christ actually looked like.
The great city of Rome was under attack in the third century by strong barbarians who desired the same, luxurious lifestyle that the Romans had. To protect the city, the Emperor Aurelian built a defensive wall which surrounded the entire city. Not only will you be able to see this wall on your way to the Catacombs, but you will also get a chance to walk a small stretch of the Ancient Appian Way. This main road going South was built in 312 B.C. and has witnessed such events as St. Peter meeting Jesus on his way to escaping and also the crucifixion of 10,000 slaves during the revolt of Spartacus.
There are the must-see main attractions in Rome, but there are also many other things to do during your vacation. The Roman Guy wants to give visitors a well rounded experience of the eternal city, by also taking you on guided tours of some of the lesser known highlights of Rome. It is estimated that around 95% of all of the tourists that come to Rome do not visit these underground labyrinths of the Roman Catacombs. Now is your chance!
This Private Catacombs Rome Tour meets near the Colosseum and finishes in the same location. The exact meeting point will be provided after purchase. Transportation is included from our meeting point to the Catacombs and back. The vehicle will have air-conditioning for hot summer months. You'll be accompanied by your very own personal expert guide for the entire duration of the tour.
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The tour, led by Cristiana Ventura, takes in the Basilica of San Clemente, the Catacombs of Domatilla a short distance outside the city and the AppianThe tour, led by Cristiana Ventura, takes in the Basilica of San Clemente, the Catacombs of Domatilla a short distance outside the city and the Appian Way and Aurelian Walls. Christina was very knowledgeable about the sights and the history of Rome. We were walking through time as we toured the Basilica as the site has 4 layers of buildings starting from 100 BC. Each layer has ben excavated. In the catacombs, she provided insight to the lives of the early Christians who lived there. I recommend this tour as 1) our guide was very knowledgeable (allowing for an appreciation of the life and times of the people) and 2) the group was small (allowing time for discussion and questions).
I highly recommend the tour. The Basilica, because of the history of the location) is one of the hidden secrets for Rome...more
They call San Clemente the " Lasagna church". We loved every second of it. Our favorite part of the tour
We did 3 private tours with The Roman Guy. This one was my favorite bc it was so off the beaten path. San Clemente is super cool. Catacombs are greWe did 3 private tours with The Roman Guy. This one was my favorite bc it was so off the beaten path. San Clemente is super cool. Catacombs are great too and way out of town. Walking on Appian way was the best for me though. Just thinking that Caesar walked on those same roads made is a great experience. Guide spoke great english and I think our driver was born behind the wheel of a car. He found a way around traffic like it was no problem. ..more