Underground Rome tour offers a comprehensive overview of the religious history and life in the ancient world. Explore sacred underground sights. Discover Rome mysterious past as you uncover secrets that lie beneath your feet. Take a biblical historical journey through the origins of Christianity at your own pace.

Deep below the streets of the city lie catacombs where early Christians worshiped in secret, buried their dead and left some of the world first Christian art. You will be in the company of your own dedicated expert guide who reveals you the history of these sacred places. Hear the secret stories of Christian persecution and religious practices. In addition, with comfortable, air-conditioned transport throughout, you can relax on the journey. Learn how Rome changed from a pagan Empire to the center of Christianity. Gain a deep understanding of the role Christianity has played in ancient times. Underground Rome tour covers the places of Christianity and its origins. Descend into the catacombs underneath the ancient Appian Way a cobblestoned road, where 2nd century Christians buried their deceased. Explore the undergrounds of the Basilica of St. Clemente a triple decker affair with a pagan temple at its lowest level. Go off the beaten path on the Aventine Hill, rich of well-preserved early Christian churches and discover a surprise you were not expecting! Contact us for pricing and availability.

* Private Half-Day Tour
* Private Licensed Professional Local Guide
* Private Licensed Professional Chauffeur
* Private Deluxe Vehicle
* Pickup and Drop-Off from your Hotel in Rome
* Scenic Drive
* Ancient Appian Way
* Christian Catacombs
* Undergrounds of the Basilica of St. Clemente
* Aventine Hill
* Magic Keyhole

* Best Photo Ops

Rome underground tour is private, offering the personal attention required to experience one of the world’s leading cities at your own pace. Get the answers to the questions you are burning to ask from your expert guide. Discover all the main sights in detail. Learn all about Rome’s secret stories that bring the city history to life. This living history and experiential private Rome underground tour is an intimate voyage of discovery.

Travel back in time and experience the multi-layered history of Rome in the footsteps of the early Christians. Discover sights buried beneath the city streets from churches and catacombs to the ruins of temples and houses. Uncover the haunting history and legends of the catacombs. This carefully planned route highlights sacred sites from different historical eras. Meet your expert guide and driver at your hotel. Drive past and admire the Pyramid of Caius Cestius, the Baths of Emperor Caracalla, and the Circus Maximus. Travel along the ancient Appian Way the most famous of the Roman streets and underground cemetery of the first Christians. The Holy Bible comes to life as you walk in the footsteps of the martyrs. According to history and legends, here is where St. Peter saw Jesus who convinced him to return to Rome to his martyrdom. Underground Rome tour continues by descending the multi-layered Basilica of San Clemente whose excavations offer a fascinating journey into the storied history of the city. The Basilica has a beautiful interior with remarkable Christian frescoes, but it stands out for its three historical layers. This intriguing Basilica sits on top of a well-preserved 4th century church which stays on top of a 3rd century pagan temple. Discover the Aventine Hill on which the city was built and home to some of the oldest churches in the city. Enjoy the famous keyhole in the large door of the Villa of the Knights of Malta. Squint, look through… and discover St. Peter Dome framed by a symmetrical tunnel of trimmed trees.

How it Works
During the booking process, you will be able to tell us when and what you would like to tour. You will also have the opportunity to tell us how we can customize the private tour for you and yours. With that, we will create the perfect tour for you.

Optional Upgrades to Enhance Your Private Tour

Rome Park of Aqueducts

ADD ON Private Guided Visit of the Park of Aqueducts, a Real Outdoor Museum Away from the Crowds

Continue your travel back in time at the off the beaten path Rome Park of Aqueducts. Here, you might feel like being in the wild side of Rome of centuries ago. This beautiful park located on the outskirts of the city contains historical and archaeological remains including a remarkable section of Roman aqueducts, a magnificent example of engineering work. In fact, some aqueducts remain operational to this day. The aqueducts stand today, more than 2000 years later as a testament to the engineering genius of the ancient Romans. By investigating the minds of the emperors, architects and engineers behind them, your expert guide reveals the mysteries of constructions that changed the world. Do not miss the chance to discover one of the world’s most beautiful landscapes featuring archaeological monuments dating back to the Republican and Imperial age away from the crowds.

Extra Time Duration: 90 minutes

As most of the sights are spread out and located outside Rome city walls, private transportation service with driver is required for this itinerary. Mandatory car service necessary to complete this tour.

FOR OUR GUESTS COMFORT THIS PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR IS NOT OPERATED BY COACH. We never use vehicles larger than 7-person capacity on this trip. Because we specialize in personalized experiences we use luxury air-conditioned Mercedes Benz cars and minivans to tour our guests throughout the trip. Discover Italy close up in a Mercedes Benz minivan of up to 7 people that takes you into the very heart of the city. Cars and minivans can get closer to the main points of interest than larger buses. Larger buses and coaches are forbidden entry onto many of the town’s streets. You will definitely walk less and see more! Therefore, this high-quality option gives us access to most areas without concerns regarding traffic restrictions. Each minivan accommodates up to 7 guests. We can caravan more than one minivan for larger groups (Example: A party between 8 to 14 guests in two minivans, and a party of 15 to 21 guests in 3 minivans, etc.).

Baby seats are mandatory for infants, please request at time of booking.

Touring the underground catacombs can be challenging for kids under 6 and people with mobility disabilities.

We do not recommend this tour to visitors with claustrophobia.

When entering churches always ensure that you dress appropriately, no shorts or sleeveless dresses. By not being properly attired you run into the risk of being denied entry. As the catacombs are considered sacred ground, all guests musts cover their shoulders and knees or risk being denied entrance.

For a smooth operation this itinerary may operate in reverse.
The tour sequence may vary. The time spent at certain venues may be expanded/reduced, and other brief stops may be added.

Do you combine people to share the tour?

All our tours are private, luxurious, and totally customized to suit your desires, which means that you do not share your tour with anyone else. Our private tours are exclusive to one booking party and we do not combine separate reservations to form groups.

Are your private vehicles licensed and insured?

Yes. All of our vehicles are officially licensed and insured.

Are your private vehicles non-smoking? Air conditioned?

Yes. All of our vehicles are non-smoking and air-conditioned.

The quickest way to find answers to your questions about our private tours is to review the most frequently asked questions. If you cannot find the information you are looking for please contact us.


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