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 2,000 years ago and rivaled Christianity. This is a hidden gem of Rome.
You and your guide will be picked up in a climate-controlled car by one of our local drivers. Next Stop, Catacombs!
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.
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!
As your guide leads you through this underground labyrinth you'll leanr about the people who were once buried in the excavated tombs that line the tunnel walls.
Most envisage Jesus as bearded and with long hair. As you will learn all about the ancient frescoes during our Catacombs tour, you'll soon see that this wasn't always so!
Take a short walk along a stretch of this famous ancient road that was built as long ago as 312 B.C and once trodden on by the likes of Julius Caesar!
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.
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OFF THE BEATEN PATH EXPLORATION
The Rome Catacombs and San Clemente Underground Tour takes you underground to a mysterious place 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. Follow us on this incredible journey that also gives you the chance to walk on one of the world's most famous and ancient roads that was the main artery to the Roman Empire, the Ancient Appian Way.You'll also see some of the most spectacular churches of the Eternal City during this tour like San Clemente, the Underground Basilica.
The Basilica of San Clemente (approx 1 hr)
Witness one of the only remaining "Medieval" churches left in Rome. Go back in time to the Dark Ages where the only hope a person could feel was in the intricate detail of decoration of their churches. This church by itself is simply stunning, but this church has secrets that were only uncovered over a century ago. Along with your expert guide, you'll gain access to a staircase that takes you to a 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 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. Walk down yet another level to discover a lost Mithreum 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 underground water springs and will not only hear, but also see, running water from the original Roman waterways. Admissions included as always.
Catacombs of Domatilla (approx 1hr 30mins)
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 Domatilla about 15 minutes outside the city. Our expert 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 it's 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. Admissions included as always.
The Appian Way & Aurelian Walls (approx 30 mins)
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 Cataombs, 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 crucifixation of 10,000 slaves during the revolt of Spartacus.
This tour meets near the Colosseum and finishes in the same location. The exact meeting point will be provided after purchase. Transporation is included from our meeting point to the Catacombs and back. The vehicle will have airconditioning for hot summer months. You'll be accompanied by an expert local guide the entire time.
Other Tours You May Like:
- "Privileged Entrance" Vatican & Sistine Chapel Tour
- Colosseum Dungeons Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
- Trastevere "Locals" Rome Food Tour
- Venice Discovery Walking & Boat Tour
- Florence Walking Tour with David
* Children 6 and under must pay for this tour for their seat. Due to traffic regulations all children must be seated. Car seats available upon request. Must be requested at least 72 hours in advance.
Tour begins at Basilica of San Clemente
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Don’t want to test yourself with public transportation in Rome? Choose an add-on transfer! A taxi is a less-expensive option, but for a convenient and luxury door-to-door experience, add our private climate controlled transportation from your hotel located in the city center to the meeting point of the tour.
Same as above. -$73.00
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Senior (65+) [$74.00]
Student (18-25 w/ I.D.) [$69.00]
Youth (7-17) [$64.00]
Child (6 or under) [$39.00]
The Roman Guy offers a 95% refund on cancellations made more than 72 hours prior to your tour taking place. 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.
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My husband and son toured the Catacombs on a private tour with Luciana. She was an excellent Tour Guide, very knowledgeable and she spoke perfect English. Both guys loved her! They also had the good fortune to be with Luciana again on their early am Small Group Vatican Tour. Lea took them around on the Private Rome City Driving Tour. She also was simply outstanding. Maria was with them for the Colosseum and Dungeons small group tour and she again was an excellent tour guide.
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1st time in the catacombs. Viviana was great!
I am so glad I added this tour to my Rome itinerary. It is the most interesting tour I went on while in Rome. The tour is extremely unique and the gI am so glad I added this tour to my Rome itinerary. It is the most interesting tour I went on while in Rome. The tour is extremely unique and the guide Paul was fantastic. He is very engaging and full of fun facts. ..more
We took this tour to see the Catacombs and didn't know what San Clemente was. This was the highlight of the tour. In the catacombs, which are great,We took this tour to see the Catacombs and didn't know what San Clemente was. This was the highlight of the tour. In the catacombs, which are great, you only go down a level or so. In the San Clemente Basilica you go 3 or 4 levels below the ground to an ancient Roman buried house. I did not expect such great things from a church. I love Rome and The Roman Guy made it grand. ..more