Everything has been first class and I would absolutely recommend you (I actually already did to one of the hotel guests!)
The information given, the booking process was very simple.
Our guide SAM was so so so fantastic! We loved him – he was informative, funny, patient, kept the kids attention and we really felt looked after and lovely being ‘away from the crowds’. And a lovely end was being dropped off at a local pizza restaurant (great food and price) and even a toilet stop in one of the local bars was a great experience even for 5 minutes – very Italian atmosphere! Please thank Sam on our behalf! I came across the Nancy Aiello Tours from the internet – I googled tours with kids/family tours.
Private Rome underground children tour exposes your family to the mysterious world buried beneath the city since the 2nd century. For a spooky underground adventure that will add something extra to your Roman holiday explore the secrets hidden beneath the Eternal City. Experience centuries of art, history, religion, and mythology. Visit shadowy crypts and early Christian catacombs. Descend into intriguing subterranean sites adorned with symbols, frescoes, and bones. This is a fun archaeological expedition that you will all remember for years to come!
Travel back in time and find out the history and legends that lie beneath your feet as you descend underneath the city’s surface. With its layers of history, the secrets of what lies under this bustling city will fascinate both adults and kids. Indeed, tunneling into the dark underbelly of Rome would be a great history lesson for understanding the city’s origins and development. In fact, beneath Rome there is another city and your expert guide will peel back layers of history revealing the way Rome was built over the centuries.
Catacombs and crypts are some of the perennial favorites of families who crave a vacation with a sense of adventure. This original Rome underground children tour offers a mix of fun and experiential Roman history. Come face to face with the skeletal remains of the city’s past. Descend into the creepy Capuchin Crypt, a set of six chapels made out of the bones and skulls of an estimated 4000 Capuchin monks. Venture outside of the city walls to the catacombs off the ancient Appian Way where Umbrella Pines, twittering birds, and lovely vistas line the way. Walk down dark tunnels and secret passageways. Uncover Rome history layer upon layer and let your children feel like archaeologists for a day! A private underground tour focusing on the mysterious side of Rome catacombs and crypts and recommended for families with kids ages 6 and up. Contact us for pricing and availability.
* Private Half-Day Tour
* Private Licensed Professional Local Guide
* Private Licensed Driver
* Private Deluxe Vehicle
* Rome Hotel Pick Up and Drop Off
* Scenic Drive
* Ancient Appian Way
* Underground Catacombs
* Capuchin Crypt
* Best Photo Ops
Rome underground children tour is purely for your family, offering the personal attention required to explore sites that reflect layer upon layer of civilization at your own pace. This carefully planned itinerary includes a private car and driver who will accompany you and your guide to visit one of Rome’s catacombs: the city boasts over forty catacombs covering hundreds of kilometers of tunnels. The next stop is a visit to the chilling Capuchin Crypts, where 17th century monks belonging to an insular order decorated these chambers with the bones of their brethren and other period notables.
Discover hidden delights and quirky sites in detail. Learn all about Rome’s secret stories that bring the city history to life. This living history Rome underground children tour will captivate the minds and the eyes of the whole family! The aura of mystery surrounding catacombs and crypts has inspired legends for centuries. Crypts, catacombs, and labyrinths are goblin pleasers for young travels who love hidden and quirky sites. A visit to these bizarre places is a fun and creepy adventure.
Venture out of city center, down to the Appian Way, where Umbrella Pines, birds, and lovely vistas line the way. Pass by the Circus Maximus, the Baths of Caracalla, and the Pyramid of Caius Cestius. Descend into underground labyrinths used as catacombs containing the burial sites of early Christians including saints and popes alongside commoners.
Get a spooky thrill at the shadowy Capuchin Crypt. See the bizarre display of the bones of Capuchin monks that decorate the underground crypt. There are vertebrae chandeliers, skeletons posed in several rooms and literally piles of bones that must be seen to be believed. Admire secret details and hear little known facts. In addition, at the Capuchin Museum you can see Caravaggio St. Francis in Meditation along with other artifacts that will give you an insight into what the lives of the Capuchin monks were like.
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 Add Ons to Enhance Your Private Family Tour
Underground Excavations of the Basilica of St. Clemente
ADD ON Private Guided Visit of the Undergrounds of the Basilica of St. Clemente an Off the Beaten Path Fun Archaeological Layer Cake for Children to Explore
For a complete history lesson continue your travel back in time by descending deep below this multi layered Basilica. San Clemente is the only place in Rome to hear the underground river that flows beneath the city! This historical layer cake showcases different slices of Rome history, a time capsule where kids can step from the 12th century, down to the 4th century, to the 2nd and 1st century, under the streets of Rome. Experience with your own eyes underground Rome layers of history. Here you can descend to a depth of 60 ft. and go back over 2000 years of discovery. Enjoy the history of Rome all in one building! San Clemente is not just another church in Rome, it is unique and it really demonstrates how a city changes and builds and exemplifies a lot of the history of Rome. The Basilica is small, almost child sized and there is an underground spring whose rushing water adds to the unique ambiance. Descend three layers underground to wander through buried churches and ancient Roman passageways. Under the top-most, 12th century church is a 4th-century church and under that church is a Mithras temple and a Roman house. Descending beneath the church kids easily realize the passage from paganism to Christianity.
Please Note: 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.
Extra Time Duration: 60 minutes
Learn the Secrets Behind Captivating Places through Rome Magic Keyhole
ADD ON Private Guided Visit of the Aventine Hill and Discover the Magic Keyhole one of Rome Best Kept Secrets
Experience one of Rome’s most hidden secrets! Discover the Aventine Hill one of the legendary seven hills on which ancient Rome was built. Get an amazing view of Rome through the famous keyhole in the large door of the Villa of the Knights of Malta where you squint, look through… and discover the magnificent St. Peter’s Dome magically framed by a symmetrical tunnel of trimmed trees. Explore the quiet Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta bordered by a high wall, decorated with obelisks and military trophies, it leads to a famous and fascinating broad and dark wooden door, which is always shut. The huge doorway famous for the keyhole is the mighty entrance to the headquarters of the Sovereign Order of the Knights of Malta. Known affectionately as the “hole of Rome” the enduring attraction draws visitors to this fascinating piazza. No key is required: all you have to do is put an open eye to the keyhole and focus. A vision of St. Peter’s Dome perfectly in perspective, framed by trees in the foreground opens up. The glinting white dome often wrapped in a thin mysterious mist looks like it’s standing at the end of the garden path, just beyond the door; when it is instead several miles away.
Extra Time Duration: 60 minutes
Learn the Secret Stories Behind Roman Engineering at the Park of Aqueducts
ADD ON Private Guided Visit of the Rome 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 Rome 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 kid-friendly 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
Rome Underground Children Tour Customized For You!
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I had been working with another touring agency for two weeks and was continually frustrated that I was getting no where in defining costs, which was important for our budget. They made an initial excellent recommendation about seeing Florence first, but that was it. After 2 weeks, I gave up and searched the web, finding your company among others. The description of your agency and the length of time in business was what made me send an initial inquiry. Within 24 hours, not only had you detailed an itinerary to work from, you had all the costs associated with it! The promptness and detail was what won me over immediately. Rachel was excellent and accommodating to work with. Not only were the initial planning emails detailed and the final reservations easy, your organization followed through wonderfully on every aspect. The drivers were courteous and careful, and dressed in suits and ties even in the hot Italian weather (we encouraged them to lose the coat and tie to be more comfortable). Our drive from Pisa to Rome was especially memorable due to the driver’s congeniality; we even invited him to eat with us. As an opera singer, he regaled us with some of his work and our young daughter reciprocated with her own version of Sunrise, Sunset.
The tour guide in Florence, Elisabetta, was energetic, extremely knowledgeable with a masters in Art History and who was also sensitive to our kid’s needs to stop for a drink or some gelato. Again, we asked her to join us for lunch where we could converse some more. Our stop at her favorite gelato shop resulted in us going there 3 more times before leaving Florence. If it wasn’t so hot, we could have gone on for several more hours.
Our tour guide in Rome, Linda, was great; with children of her own, she was sensitive to my son and daughter. She moved at a quicker pace, skipping over some things to get at areas or topics that would be more interesting for the kids.
The cost of the tour seemed expensive to us at first and is why we deleted some things from our original plan. However, after being with the quality of individuals assigned to us, we think that the value for the money is worth it. We will not hesitate to book with you again or to recommend you to friends planning trips to Italy.
Thank you for helping make our trip to Italy memorable and enjoyable. Please feel free to use this letter or any part of it as testimonial on your website.
Hello! Specifically also to Ann who assisted in coordinating our tour: Thank you so much for this email, I am including my responses and was planning to email you today and let you know that I will be submitting my post to Travel Mamas today. I will be in touch with the link as soon as the post is live. My responses as well to your questions:
Our overall experience with Nancy Aiello Tours was wonderful! Vincenzo was a hit with my children who wanted him to stay with us for our remaining days in Rome. From start to finish my emails prior to our visit were response to quickly and professionally. It can be very stressful to try and accomplish such a tour with 3 very young children- however Vincenzo read us perfectly and gave us exactly the kind of tour to keep us interested and entertained.
In a word or a sentence, how would you describe your experience with Nancy Aiello Tours? Tailor made for what our family was hoping to see and experience on a guided tour.
I would absolutely recommend Nancy Aiello Tours to my family and friends! I plan to include our very positive experience in an upcoming Travel Mamas post- and have already completed a TripAdvisor review. I would tell anyone going to Rome that this is the tour company to check out. My trip advisor link: http://goo.gl/B6oyVO
If you do not mind me asking how did you come across Nancy Aiello Tours? I googled family tours in Rome.
Thank you again so much for this experience and I will be in touch soon.