What you'll do
We'll meet togheter beside the entrance of St.Clement's Basilica (5 minutes walking from the Colosseum). Your guide will be a professional archaeologist that will lead you through the underground galleries. Ground Level: the tour starts inside St.Clement's Basilica, an amazing Medieval church built 900 years ago and containing some of the most splendid mosaics of Rome. 30 feet underground: by a hidden staircase we'll reach the first underground level, a buried ancient church built about 1600 years ago and later destroyed by fire. 45 feet below the modern streets level: we'll get the second underground level, where a very well preserved ancient Oriental temple will tell us forgotten stories about Persia and the god Mitra. 50 feet underground: we'll reach the lowest level, a gigantic Ancient Roman building with a huge central open-air court and a secret natural waterspring. From St.Clement's Basilica we take a 5 minutes walk to the Celian Underground Houses, where we'll visit an Ancient Roman underground villa built about 1800 years ago containing amazing mosaics and frescoes and a wonderful water fountain painted with still bright and warm colourful frescoes.
Entrance tickets to the two different archaological sites
Torch, maps of the underground areas, drawn reconstructions of the buildings
My name is Simone and I will be your guide in Rome. Born in the most beautiful city ever, I am professional PhD archaeologist with a good sense of humor (that's what my Mum says) and a great passion for Rome and its history. I travelled all over the world and I honestly would like to have me as a guide in all my trips (ok... my Mum is probably wrong!). Anyway, I guide English speaking "friends" in Rome since 11 years and I always did it with passion and a professional attitude. I will show you Rome through the eyes of a true Roman, to give you a 360° understanding of my city and its people.
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Where you'll be
Our tour will include 5 different underground sites: 1) Medieval St.Clement's Basilica: splendid mosaics from the Dark Ages. 2) Ancient St.Clement's Basilica: perfectly preserved underground frescoes. 3) Persian temple of Mitra: a mysterious ancient underground temple . 4) The Emperial Mint of Rome: a massive undeground stone-walled building. 5) Celian Underground Houses: an hidden villa decorated with fresco and water fountains.
Keep these in mind
Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 8 guests ages 10 and up can attend.
The underground galleries are quite large and well illuminated. Anyway, please do not book this tour if you strongly suffer claustrophobia.
Underground Rome Tour