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", go 60ft underground and witness three different levels of history from the 12th century to the 1st.
Uncover the history of a religion that existed 2,000 years ago and rivaled Christianity.
Enjoy climate-controlled luxury transportation to your next stop, the Roman Catacombs.
See an underground Basilica from the 4th century where Christian pilgrims congregated.
Descend into the oldest and best preserved complex of Roman catacombs, dating back to the 1st Century.
Learn about the people buried in the excavated tombs that line the walls of the catacombs.
Most people picture Jesus as a bearded man with long hair. This wasn't always the case, and the frescoes here demonstrate this.
Take a short walk along a stretch of this famous ancient road that Julius Caesar once walked on.
After your tour is finished, your driver and guide will deliver you back to the center of Rome to enjoy the rest of your day.
Air-Conditioned Luxury Transportation
Passionate English-speaking Local Guide
Off the Beaten Path Exploration
Do you want to visit the best Roman Catacombs on your trip to Rome? Descend beneath the well-traveled streets of the Eternal City to witness an ancient underground church, Pagan temple and the Christian Catacombs of Domitilla. Did you know that approximately 95% of visitors to Rome don't visit the Roman Catacombs? Most people choose Rome tours that visit the Vatican and Colosseum, but skip this hidden gem. This is Rome off the beaten path. This three hour tour includes:
Please note: Because the sites on this small group tour are religious, knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. This dress code is strictly enforced. We know that Rome is hot in summer - a great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. That way, you can cover your knees and shoulders when necessary.
Dedicated to Pope Clement I, the Basilica of San Clemente is one of Rome’s most incredible archaeological attractions. As a record of Rome's history, the church and it's layers record the beginning of Christianity up through the Middle Ages. This is because the 12th century Basilica of San Clemente is built over an extraordinarily well-preserved church from the 4th century. As a matter of fact, this is one of Rome's first churches! The older church is decorated with beautiful frescoes that depict scenes from the New Testament and the lives of saints.
Forming an underground maze of tunnels, the Christian Catacombs of Domitilla provide a rare glimpse into the earliest practice of Christianity in Rome. Located about 15 minutes outside Rome and hidden deep underground, the catacombs were created in the 2nd century as a response to the shortage of space for graves in the city center. These are the oldest and most extensive catacombs in Rome, containing the remains of about 150,000 bodies.
The Domitilla Catacombs offer the best, and most spine-chilling catacomb tour experience in Rome. Besides the macabre aspects of the catacombs, they are also home to tons of important artifacts. Highlights of the Domitilla Catacombs include a 2nd century fresco of The Last Supper. As an added bonus, visiting this site on a Rome day tour during summer provides a well-needed break from the scorching sun.
Emperor Aurelian built a defensive wall around Rome In the 3rd century to defend the city against invading barbarians. We pass the Aurelian Walls in our luxury, climate-controlled vehicle so you can see them up close. In addition, walk a small stretch of the Ancient Appian Way. Leading all the way to Puglia in the South of Italy, the Appian Way is one of the most important ancient Roman roads. In fact, it's said that this road has the meeting between St. Peter and Jesus on his way to escape. And if that weren't impressive enough, the Ancient Appian Way was also where 10,000 slaves were crucified during the revolt of Spartacus.
Q: Is there a dress code to enter the religious sites on this tour?
A: We ask both men and women to cover knees and shoulders, otherwise you may be refused entry to religious sites and miss out on a portion of your tour. We understand the summers in Rome can be hot, so a great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. That way, you can cover your knees and shoulders when necessary.
Q: Why does my kid 6 or under have to pay? C'mon!
A: Sorry about this. We're parents too and we understand! Unfortunately, they must be seated due to traffic regulations so they take up a seat in our vehicle. We even bring a car seat for children who require one. If it makes you feel any better, we don't make money off your kids for this tour.
Q: What is San Clemente Church?
A: It's only the COOLEST church ever. We actually are more focused on what is below the church. Level after level of below ground churches, temples, and even a Roman house!
Q: Will we see bones?
A: Not on this tour. Sorry! Paris Catacombs has bones!
Q: What Catacomb do you go to?
Q: I have trouble walking? Is this tour for me?
A: If you have any doubts about your mobility, we strongly suggest you take a Catacombs Private Tour.
Where to Meet
What to Bring
Child (6 or under)
The Roman Guy offers a full refund on Group Tour cancellations made more than 72 hours prior to the start time of your tour. Cancellations made within 72 hours of your tour taking place cannot be refunded but we will do our best to accommodate you on another tour or date, pending availability.
The Roman Guy offers a full refund on Private Tour cancellations made more than 7 days prior to the start time of your tour. Cancellations made within 7 days of your tour taking place cannot be refunded but we will do our best to accommodate you on another tour or date, pending availability.
Be prepared to be walking or on your feet for the duration of the tour. If that makes you nervous due to a physical condition, contact us for more information or go with a private tour that will move at your pace. Thanks!
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All I can say is--WOW! We loved this tour and our guide was so patient and engaging with us. Make sure this is on your list when you go to Italy!
Our tour guide, Cristiana Ventura, was excellent! Her background in Archeology made all of her content very interesting and her energy made the tour fOur tour guide, Cristiana Ventura, was excellent! Her background in Archeology made all of her content very interesting and her energy made the tour fun!..more
My daughter an I had a fantastic 3 hour Tour two-and-a-half millenia back in time.
Our guide, Amanda from Britain (thank God they haven’t taken BrexiMy daughter an I had a fantastic 3 hour Tour two-and-a-half millenia back in time.
Our guide, Amanda from Britain (thank God they haven’t taken Brexit to the Extreme yet), really made this tour somerhing special. Knowledgely and wittingly she managed to made us feel the “wings of history” and get to know a lot of relevant and interesting things about the peoples of antique Rome and the religious/political turmoil in the first centuries of christianity...more
Kudos to The Roman Guy for an amazing experience! We were traveling with another couple who had never taken a tour of this type and it was a wonderfulKudos to The Roman Guy for an amazing experience! We were traveling with another couple who had never taken a tour of this type and it was a wonderful experience for them! The Roman Guy sent clear directions for where to meet and their representative was early and was easy to find.
Michele was a terrific guide - he entertained, was easy to understand, and was clearly passionate about what he was doing. It was fun that he clearly had such a good relationship with some of the venues. At the catacombs, we were a few minutes late finishing the underground tour and the bookstore had already closed. We wanted to quickly buy a book and the bookstore manager kindly agreed to let us do so at Michele's request - GREATLY appreciated!
The van was the perfect size for our small group and was easy to board. The driver provided bottled water for everyone in between stops. Many thanks to the driver, too!
Some reviewers have complained about photos being prohibited. That is not a reflection on the tour or the tour provider. Many locales forbid photos, so this is not uncommon and should be viewed as an opportunity to focus on what is being seen.
We definitely recommend this particular tour as it covers an often-overlooked gem in Rome's rich history (Rome Catacombs and San Clemente Underground). While there are definitely steps involved climbing down and up, they are manageable. A surprise in San Clemente was the attention given to Cyril with the creation/development of the Cyrillic alphabet. For language lovers, this is an exciting and unexpected bonus.
We also recommend using The Roman Guy - they made the experience enjoyable and were extremely professional...more
Our tour of the catacombs was absolutely amazing and our guide was very knowledgeable!