Underground Rome tour offers a comprehensive overview of the religious history and life in the ancient world. Take a biblical journey through the origins of Christianity. Explore sacred underground sights. Discover Rome mysterious past as you uncover secrets that lie beneath your feet. Through this private tour, learn how Rome changed from a pagan Empire to the center of Christianity.

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. In addition, with comfortable, air-conditioned transport throughout, you can relax on the journey. Underground Rome tour covers the places of Christianity and its origins. Descend into the catacombs underneath the ancient Appian Way. Explore the undergrounds of the Basilica of St. Clemente a multilayered Christian church with a pagan temple at its lowest level. Contact us for availability and pricing.

* Private Half-Day Tour
* Private Licensed Professional Local Guide
* Private Licensed Professional Driver
* Private Deluxe Vehicle
* Hotel Pick Up and Drop Off
* Scenic Drive
* Ancient Appian Way
* Christian Catacombs
* Undergrounds of the Basilica of St. Clemente

* Best Photo Ops

Rome underground tour is 100% 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. Uncover the haunting history of the catacombs. Gain a deep understanding of the role Christianity has played in ancient times. This living history and experiential 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. Hear the secret stories of Christian persecution and religious practices. Discover sights buried beneath the city streets from churches and catacombs to the ruins of temples and houses. Our carefully planned itinerary highlights sacred sites from different historical eras.

Drive past and admire the Pyramid of Caius Cestius, the Baths of Emperor Caracalla, and the Circus Maximus. Travel along the ancient Appian Way underground cemetery of the first Christians. Here is where 2nd century Christians buried their deceased. 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 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.

How it Works
During the booking process, you will be able to tell our Italian-based team 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 travel experience for you. A private tour curated to your preferences.

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

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.

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