Visit the subterraneans of Rome with an expert guide


Visit the subterraneans of Rome with an expert guide

Tour Description

Explore Rome’s ancient subterranean world! An adventure beneath the city!

Rome is literally a city built upon its past. Beneath its streets and buildings lies an ancient world of passages, tombs, churches and homes from bygone eras. To see them is an experience you’ll never forget!

Join us for the Underground of Rome Tour. We’ll start at the famous Triton Fountain in Barberini Square. This 17th century work is one of Bernini’s best. He was hired by Pope Urban VIII to sculpt it to honor the completion of an aqueduct restoration project, Acqua Felice. Here we’ll see the Church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini and the world-renowned Capuchin Crypt


Almost 4,000 Capuchin friars’ remains are here, but not entombed as one would think. Their bones and skulls are on display in a surreal arrangement of funereal art. They make a captivating presentation. There is a museum on site.

Our next stop is the Basilica San Clemente, a multi-layered historic site dating from the 12th century at the top, to the 1st century at the bottom. Colorful frescoes and mosaics line the walls and tell of medieval life. Its walkable levels include a 4th century church and Mithraic (pagan) temple and palazzo. Listen, and you’ll hear water still running through ancient pipes!


1- The Roman Catacombs. In 400 AD, Christians were considered pagans and were often executed. Visit the crypts of martyrs and popes via underground passages. See frescoes and sculpture representative of early Christian art.

2- The Church of Saint Quattro Coronati. Four soldiers were put to death by the Emperor Diocletian for their refusal to engage in pagan practice. Four Crowned Saints Church is a classic example of the art and architecture of the Middle Ages. The Romanesque Cloister is one of Rome’s most peaceful and private enclaves. Ring the bell and one of the Augustinian nuns will admit you. You may also be granted admittance to the charming Chapel of St. Sylvester with its series of 700 year-old frescoes that tell the political and religious story of the times.

Our last stop is the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Laterano. The oldest church and cathedral in Rome, it is known as the “Mother Church.” With its lavish ceiling, nave, Holy Door and statues of the Apostles, it is a work of art. For a thousand years, the Popes lived beside this cathedral. Outside in the Piazza is the tallest Egyptian obelisk in the world. This beautiful red granite monolith originated in Amun in Karnak, and was shipped to Alexandria in the 4th century. Constantius II had planned to bring it to Constantinople, but shipped it to Rome’s Circus Maximus in 357 AD instead. It was restored in 1588 and erected in Laterano where it is a remarkable sight.

This tour books quickly, so please don’t hesitate to contact us for information and reservations at [email protected].


What is included

Official Licensed Guide
Entrance Fees to Underground Sites
Transportation from site to site

Details and Important info

Duration: 3 hour
Operating Days: Everyday
Meeting point: Provided Upon Booking
Language: English, Frensh, Spanish, German, Italian
Group Size: Small Group, up to 15 people
Start time: Customizable

Some Eateries & Sites visited

Piazza Barberini
Capuchins' Crypt
Via Veneto
Undergrounds of the Basilica of Saint Clemens
Basilica of St. John in Lateran
Optional: Catacombs
Optional: Church of the Holy Four Crowned

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