Underground Rome Tour
For those who come to visit Rome for the first time definitely will see the imposing symbols of Rome: the Colosseum , the Roman Forum, the Old Town with its squares, basilicas. These massive footprints are enough to understand the magnificence of the past of Rome, but to get to know its history we recommend you immerse yourself in its basement. Rome is a whole world to discover.
Following we propose selecte Group Tour and Individual Tour to discover Underground Rome.
Underground Group Tour (min. 20 participants):
THE UNDERGROUND OF THE ST. CRISOGONO CHURCH
Underground Rome Tour: From Isola Tiberina to underground Trastevere
VISIT THE UNDERGROUND OF ST. CRISOGONO, ACCESSIBLE BY SACRISTY, IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW AND UNDERSTAND THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL STRATIFICATION AND THE PRATICE OF THE REUTILIZATION OF ANCIENT MONUMENTS FOR PURPOSE DIFFERENT FROM THE ORIGINAL. THE REMAINS TESTIFY AND PRESERVE THE RUINS OF ONE OF THE OLDEST OF “FATE TITULOS” IN TRASTEVERE .THE AREAS OF TYPICAL ROMAN HOUSES ARE ARRANGED FOR THE PURPOSE OF THEIR CHRISTIANS RITUALS, AND FUNCTIONS OF A WAREHOUSE AND WELCONE OF THE FAITHFUL. THE TITULUS CRISOGONO BORN IN FACT FROM TWO OR MAYBE THREE DOMUS ROMAN OF THE II AND III CENTURY BEFORE IT BECAME THE USUAL BASILICAL PLAN IN FIFTH CENTURY.
THE UNDERGROUND OF THE THE CHURCH OF ST. CLEMENTE & ST. GIOVANNI E PAOLO
This tour is an exploration into the subterranean below two of the most ancient and important basilicas still present in Rome.
- Clemente – The archeological complex of S. Clemente is the perfect example of how Rome was built on the archeological overlap of diverse time periods. The primitive church of S. Clemente, which today is underground, has its origins dating back to the second half of the IV century, and was modified from the existing context of a roman house, or domus, from the III century, which in turn sprang up slowly from an even earlier structure.
Saints John and Paul – The Roman houses in Celio represent an excellent example of the original architectural solution of three Roman houses from the II century A.D. Also they can be considered a pristine and singular example of a pictorial conservation that is found nowhere else in Rome.
THE JEWISH CATACOMB OF THE OLD APPIAN WAY
This tour offers an exclusive visit of a catacomb that is usually closed to the public.
The Jewish Catacombs of Vigna Randanini were discovered in the 19th century on the Appian way. These catacombs, like their Christian and pagan counterparts, are a series o funderground burial galleries with tombs carved into the soft volcanic stone of the area. The deceased were interred in painted loculi, cubicula, and kokhim. The presence of these kokhim set them apart from Rome’s pagan and Christian catacombs.
|Underground Group Tour (min. 20 pax) + Hotel 3*||Low Season||Low Season||High Season||High Season|
|Rate per Group (20 Pax)||Extra Person (up to 20 people)||Adults||Extra Person (up to 20 people)|
|St. Crisogono Church||€ 1.082,00||€ 65,00||€ 1.207,00||€ 72,00|
|St. Clemente & San Giovanni e San Paolo||€ 800,00||€ 63,00||€ 925,00||€ 69,00|
|The Jewish Catacomb of the old Appian Way||€ 913,00||€ 69,00||€ 1.038,00||€ 75,00|
Underground Individual/Small Group Tour (min. 2 – max 10 participants):
NAVONA SQUARE AND THE UNDERGROUND OF DOMITIAN STADIUM
Navona square sits over the area of the Stadium, which was built by Domitian before 86 d.C., for athletics competitions of Greek origin (running, wrestling, boxing), the agones, very appreciated by Domitian, but not much by Roman people, who liked violent and bloody performances. Some scholars believe it was the most elegant place for shows of the ancient world.
The stadium measured 275 meters long by 106 wide. Chariot races, similar to those at Circus Maximus, were held utilizing its oval design. The difference between Stadium and Circus is that the track of a Circus, to allow chariot races, was divided in two by a “spina” a central up level path decorated with obelisks, and needed at least 500m in length (like the Circus Maximus); the Stadium, in contrast, was a large arena without any division (Piazza Navona). The square was sometimes flooded in the summer and used for aquatic games and staged naval battles.
THE PANTHEON AND THE UNDERGROUNDS OF S. MARIA IN VIA LATA
The Pantheon is a building commissioned by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus as a temple to all the gods of ancient Rome, and rebuilt by the emperor Hadrian about 126 AD. The building is circular with a portico of large granite Corinthian columns (eight in the first rank and two groups of four behind) under a pediment. A rectangular vestibule links the porch to the rotunda, which is under a coffered concrete dome, with a central opening (oculus) to the sky. It is one of the best-preserved of all Roman buildings. The square in front of the Pantheon is called Piazza della Rotonda.From here you will walk to the close by Piazza di Pietra (Piazza of Stone – derived from use of the temple’s stones to build the piazza) where you will admire the Adrian temple. Proceed to the church of S. Maria in via Lata where you will enter the underground area. It is claimed that St. Paul spent two years here, in the crypt under the church, whilst under house arrest waiting for his trial.
FROM THE SPANISH STEPS TO THE UNDERGROUNDS OF THE TREVI FOUNTAIN
On entering the piazza, one is immediately taken aback by such elegance the yellow, brownish ochre-coloured buildings, Bernini’s fountain and the celebrated Spanish Steps rising up towards the Church of Trinità dei Monti, al helping to create a refined, eighteenth century atmosphere. The monumental stairway of 135 steps was built with French diplomat Étienne Gueffier’s bequeathed funds of 20,000 scuds, in 1723–1725, linking the Bourbon Spanish Embassy, and the Trinità dei Monti church that was under the patronage of the Bourbon kings of France, both located above — to the Holy See in Palazzo Monaldeschi located below. The stairway was designed by architects Francesco de Sanctis and Alessandro Specchi.In the Piazza di Spagna at the base is the Early Baroque fountain called Fontana della Barcaccia (“Fountain of the ugly Boat”), built in 1627-29 and often credited to Pietro Bernini, father of a more famous son, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, who is recently said to have collaborated on the decoration. From here you will walk to the Trevi Fountain, designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Pietro Bracci. Standing 26.3 metres (86 ft) high and 49.15 metres (161.3 ft) wide, it is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world. The fountain at the junction of three roads marks the terminal point of the “modern” Acqua Vergine, the revived Aqua Virgo, one of the aqueducts that supplied water to ancient Rome. And then You will walk to the Vicus Caprarius, an ancient alley where the entrance of the underground passage is located. You will now discover what lies beneath the magnificent fountain. Here you will admire a huge complex of ancient ruins hidden beneath the Trevi fountain, dating to the Imperial age. The area is situated under the famous Cinema Trevi. 8 metres underground, in a suggestive atmosphere, are visible different levels of an ancient district on the Caprarius Road (Vicus Caprarius).
|Underground Individual Tour (2- 10 pax) + Hotel 3*||Low Season||High Season||Notes|
|Rate per Person||Rate per Person|
|1.Navona Square, underground of Dominitian Stadium||€ 109,00||€ 115,00||closed on Monday; meeting point: Pantheon Square|
|2. Pantheon and S.Maria in Via Lata||€ 109,00||€ 115,00||meeting point: Hotel Del Senato – Piazza della Rotonda, 73|
|3. Piazza di Spagna and underground Fontana Trevi||€ 109,00||€ 115,00||meeting point:P.ZZA DI SPAGNA – UNDER THE COLUMN WITH THE LITTLE MADONNA|