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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)One Catacomb of choice
- Included:Private licensed guidePrivate car and driver
- Wheelchair accessible:No
- 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!
Wonderful Wine Tour My husband and I did the secret wine bar tour with Sara. She was an absolute delight—so easy to talk to, and very knowledgeable. She took us places we would... read moreMy husband and I did the secret wine bar tour with Sara. She was an absolute delight—so easy to talk to, and very knowledgeable. She took us places we would have never chosen on our own and they were all amazing!
My only warning is that you will be full by the end of this tour—which is a great thing! We weren’t sure how much food would be provided, so we made late dinner reservations that we ended up canceling because we had plenty to eat on the tour!!
I highly recommend this experience, and highly recommend requesting Sara as your guide! read less - 4/01/2022
A great evening with Marcos. I always wanted to know how to make the perfect pizza and gelato. Here, Marco the expert will show you how. It was a great participation event with lots... read moreI always wanted to know how to make the perfect pizza and gelato. Here, Marco the expert will show you how. It was a great participation event with lots of laughs, and we all got to sit down together afterwards to eat our creations. This is a great event for adults and children alike. Narco and his team are a credit to the company. read less - 12/05/2021
Exceeding Expectations in Unexpected Location This is an essential tour. After many trips to Rome this is an excursion we were excited to take. Our expectations were exceeded. Sara was great and made the tour... read moreThis is an essential tour. After many trips to Rome this is an excursion we were excited to take. Our expectations were exceeded. Sara was great and made the tour special. She has a great personality and is engaging. The chef, assistant, and team at Castel Gandolfo were all terrific to work with.
If there is one thing to do when visiting Rome after the major sites and time around the city, take this trip. read less - 12/03/2021
Geeking out at The Vatican Rosi was our guide for the experience and she was A+. Not just knowledgeable but also passionate and a great story teller. She was patient w questions and made the... read moreRosi was our guide for the experience and she was A+. Not just knowledgeable but also passionate and a great story teller. She was patient w questions and made the overall experience incredibly fun. read less - 11/30/2021
The 2 villas of Tivoli We did the Private tour of Villa D'Este and Villa Adriana in Tivoli. The driver picked us up from the hotel in Rome and drove to the Villa Adriana, where... read moreWe did the Private tour of Villa D'Este and Villa Adriana in Tivoli. The driver picked us up from the hotel in Rome and drove to the Villa Adriana, where our guide, Barbara, met us. Thoroughly versed in ancient history and art history, she was a lively and fascinating guide. Never exhausting or boring, always good company, Barbara clearly loves what she does, sharing her knowledge of Rome and environs and deepening the appreciation of discerning travelers who want to learn about what they see. She was a good sport, because it was a windy rainy day, not ideal for a long day outdoors! I would definitely hire her again. read less - 11/04/2021
Gracious, Knowledgeable, Experienced Walk Inside Rome has the best, most informed guides and they never disappoint!
From the first inquiry through the tour they are also the most gracious and accommodating. Our most... read moreWalk Inside Rome has the best, most informed guides and they never disappoint!
From the first inquiry through the tour they are also the most gracious and accommodating. Our most recent guide at the Vatican was TEO, knowledgeable, friendly, and someone who clearly loves the city of Rome. The owner of WIR, Marilena is hands on, and considers you a friend after the first tour! read less - 11/02/2021
Great Guide and Tour Very impressed and happy - From booking to the tour, everything was very smooth. I had some questions about the tour before booking - sent an email with responses prompt... read moreVery impressed and happy - From booking to the tour, everything was very smooth. I had some questions about the tour before booking - sent an email with responses prompt and the relevant information. We did the early morning Vatican Tour with Walks Inside Rome with our guide Barbara, who was amazing. Spending the extra money was worth the experience of WIR, in depth knowledge of the guide, early access to the Vatican and the path/route to see the highlights and relevant areas of the Vatican. Would highly recommend for anyone to book this tour, and would consider them for other tours next time in Rome! Thanks to the team at WIR and special shout out to Barbara who was so very considerate (my Mom was 89 years old and visiting the Vatican for the first time, making sure my Mom was at the front and able to see everything even though she was a tiny bit slower than everyone else! Grazie Mille! read less - 10/12/2021
Making Pizza & Gelato in Roma This was a fun, educational experience. I enjoy cooking, baking, etc so learning to make authentic Roman style pizza and a simple recipe for gelato is a skill I... read moreThis was a fun, educational experience. I enjoy cooking, baking, etc so learning to make authentic Roman style pizza and a simple recipe for gelato is a skill I can take home! Our chef/instructor, Marco, was enthusiastic and his experience shown through as he explained what and why following the recipes was important. The kitchen space was well equipped and the dining space magical. Next time we’re in Rome (yes we tossed coins in the Trevi Fountain) we will take another course from his organization. read less - 9/27/2021