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Why Choose It?
- Discover the distinct historical layers of San Clemente Basilica.
- Visit a bone-decorated crypt, the most macabre attraction in Rome.
- Explore the labyrinth of catacombs that line the Appian Way.
Roam through the depths of Underground Rome, exploring the depths of the awe-inspiring Eternal City. Ancient Rome was built with permanence in mind, so instead of destroying their creations, the Romans built on top of them. This has left the oldest parts of this ancient civilization underground and largely inaccessible. Until now.
Descend into the dim passageways and explore the long-lost ancient buildings full of artifacts buried 200 feet deep! Let our expert guide walk you through this ancient underground labyrinth that is preserved underneath the surface of Rome.
Discover the layers beneath Basilica San Clemente on your Underground Rome tour
At the Basilica of San Clemente—an archaeologist’s Pandora’s box—you can venture down this three-tiered complex of buildings ranging in function, creating three distinct layers that are waiting to be discovered.
Start by entering the building’s foundation, a noble mansion from the 1st Century AD. Then enter the next layer, a Temple of Mithras. Built in the courtyard of the former mansion, it became a center for worshipping the pagan sun god Mithras. Finally, go up to the top layer, the Basilica of San Clemente, which houses beautiful mosaics, holy relics, and even one of Rome’s original aqueducts.
Explore the macabre mural decorations of the Bone Church
Another stop on this tour is the macabre Bone Church, also known as the Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini. This church and catacomb contains one of the most shocking tourist attractions in Rome—a crypt with its walls decorated entirely with skulls and bones.
On your Underground Rome tour, you will discover the stories behind these Capuchin monks that decorated the crypts, and why they were decorated in this way over hundreds of years.
Visitors to the Bone Church are often surprised to hear that it is still a functioning church. If you would like, feel free to attend a Mass or church service in this unique setting during your visit.
Ride along the Appia Antica and descend into one of its catacombs
This tour also allows you to take a ride on the Old Appian Way (Via Appia Antica), the oldest road in Rome. With its many ancient stones, tombs, and ruins lining this ancient path, there are many places to see on your way to one of Rome’s catacombs.
Your tour guide will take you into one of the many catacombs along the Appia Antica. Travel to the depths of either the San Sebastiano, San Callisto, or Domitilla catacombs, and uncover the importance of these layered sites.
Your underground Rome adventure awaits! Discover the history, the macabre, and the ruins underneath a thriving city.
NOTE: The order of the attractions are subject to change depending on the time of your tour.
Itinerary:St. Clemente's Basilica (three tiers)Bone ChurchOld Appian Way (Appia Antica)Catacombs
Included:Private licensed guidePrivate car and driver
Meeting Point:Hotel Lobby
Our guides are fluent in English and have a contagious passion for the inspiring cultural heritage of our Italian cities. Experts in their fields, they will immerse you in the hidden histories and intriguing lives of history's great protagonists. So much to see, so easy to miss out: with the help of our guides, visit the most absorbing sites and uncover the stories that have changed the world. Don't miss this fascinating journey!
Terrific Trastevere Food Tour with Luca! Luca took my wife and myself on a wonderful food tour through Trastevere. The things we saw and ate and learned were excellent. The best part was Luca's friendly nature.... read moreLuca took my wife and myself on a wonderful food tour through Trastevere. The things we saw and ate and learned were excellent. The best part was Luca's friendly nature. By the end of the evening we felt that we had spent a nice time with a new friend. read less - 10/03/2022
- Darren R
A must do experience This cooking class was a highlight of our trip. We got to meet a young chef, Sara. She had us decide what to cook. Then we walked through... read moreThis cooking class was a highlight of our trip. We got to meet a young chef, Sara. She had us decide what to cook. Then we walked through the market to pick out some of the ingredients, the meats and such. Then we went back to their excellent small group kitchen. We had a wonderful time learning from Sara. She taught us to make ravioli and saltimbocca and tiramisu. It was fun and relaxed and extremely delicious. We thought the whole experience was splendid. 10 out of 10. read less - 9/26/2022
Best Food Tour We Took! My fiance and I capped off our first full day in Rome with this lovely food tour. Luca was friendly, excited, and knowledgeable. We got to try a ton of... read moreMy fiance and I capped off our first full day in Rome with this lovely food tour. Luca was friendly, excited, and knowledgeable. We got to try a ton of different food and even returned to one of the restaurants later in the week. The tour groups are kept small, so our group easily got to know each other throughout the tour. We were especially pleased with how accommodating it was: My fiance is a vegetarian and can be a bit of a picky eater, so he had low expectations going in and this ended up being his favorite activity all week! We actually had a couple of vegetarians in our group and there was always an equally hearty substitute whenever necessary. Super pleased with this experience and with Luca! Best part of our week! read less - 9/21/2022
- Emily W
Worth every penny. What an evening! This was without a doubt the highlight of my trip. A great evening with plenty of incredible local food and drink and a really good way to meet and... read moreThis was without a doubt the highlight of my trip. A great evening with plenty of incredible local food and drink and a really good way to meet and get to know other travellers. The small group size made it much more personal and conversation flowed all evening! Sara (our guide) was absolutely amazing - so friendly and chatty, and so full of knowledge about the local food and Rome/Trastevere's history. She could not have been better.
I'll be coming back to Rome and will definitely be booking this again. Thank you so much, Sara, for making my first trip to Rome that much better! read less - 9/21/2022
Delicious food from fabulous foody Luca Boccia was PHENOMENAL!
His knowledge of Italian cuisine was exceptional, especially welcomed because it included more than just the well known dishes. He was funny and friendly, making our... read moreLuca Boccia was PHENOMENAL!
His knowledge of Italian cuisine was exceptional, especially welcomed because it included more than just the well known dishes. He was funny and friendly, making our time together unforgettable.
Most appreciated was his offer to remain a resource for the duration of our visit with DELICIOUS recommendations off the tourist path.
Well done Luca!!! read less - 9/11/2022
A Must Do Tour of Sistine Chapel Amazing! This was my third time to the Vatican but this time I took my adult/teen children and wife and we used a tour guide. It was a... read moreAmazing! This was my third time to the Vatican but this time I took my adult/teen children and wife and we used a tour guide. It was a small group of 9. Just 2 families. She was great. She does this 4 days a week and all the guards knew her by name. If you want to see the Sistine Chapel, then you have to go early. We were one of the first to enter and with her connections basically did not wait on anything. We also entered a section in the Vatican Museums usually off limits to the public, a section with many animal statues and other mosaics. She gave us so much history and culture. My children said it was AP World History made real. You could tell she truly loved what she did. read less - 8/29/2022
Best tour ever. Martha was our guide. She is the best. They way she explained all , answered our questions give us all the information in every place all was wonderful. It was... read moreMartha was our guide. She is the best. They way she explained all , answered our questions give us all the information in every place all was wonderful. It was a very hot summer day and she always looks for ways to give us the information under the shade before we went into the sun. I highly recommend this company and Martha as well. It was very easy to make the reservation and pay. We took the private tour and was perfect. 3 hours that feel like Half hour . We didn’t do any limes to get into the places. Know that if you go by yourself or in other yours you could be up to 2 hours under the sun to get into the coliseum or forum. I highly recommend the private tour. read less - 8/05/2022
Great Food Stroll with Luca We did the Trastevere Food Stroll with Luca B and he was great! Brought us to great authentic locations and provided his expert advice! We would highly recommend this tour... read moreWe did the Trastevere Food Stroll with Luca B and he was great! Brought us to great authentic locations and provided his expert advice! We would highly recommend this tour and Luca!! read less - 7/30/2022