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- Typology: Private tour
- Duration: half day
- Included: Private car driver & guide.
- Operating Days: Sun; Mon; Tue; Wed; Thu; Fri; Sat;
- Meeting Point: Hotel
Transportation required. The best way for you to maximize your time and discover more of the eternal city from a different perspective - from the lower to the highest point of view.
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The Walks Inside Rome team
Much of Rome’s history, architecture and art are hidden Underground. Instead of destroying old buildings and monuments, Romans choose to build on top of them! Think of Rome as a multi-storey building, except that the oldest and most floors are hidden underground and largely inaccessible. Fascinating right?
Descend into dimly-light passages and explore long-lost ancient buildings and artefacts buried up to 200 feet deep, in the company of an expert English-speaking guide.
The tour begins at the Basilica of San Clemente, an archaeologists pandora’s box with its three-tiered complex of buildings. The church has many guises: house of Roman nobleman, a pagan temple, an ancient lower Basilica dating back to the 4th century and decorated with frescoes and finally an upper layer Basilica dating back to the 12 century filled with mosaics. Its complexity makes it the perfect place to start exploring the complexities of Rome’s underground.
The tour can also include a visit to Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini on Via Veneto or the ‘bone church’ named so because of the crypt decorated eerily with skulls and bones. Perhaps Rome’s most shocking tourist attraction.
Then a trip to the Ancient Roman road Appia Antica, still pathed with ancient Roman stones. All along the Appian Way there are ancient monuments and places of interest. The tour will visit one of the many catacombs, fascinating ancient Christian cemeteries.