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  2. Lazio
  3. Rome

Underground Rome, Catacombs, & Basilica of San Clemente Tour

Product ID: 199147
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Descend into the subterranean layers of Rome's fascinating and forgotten past.
About this activity
Duration 3.5 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the Basilica of San Clemente
  • See the Roman houses underneath San Giovanni e San Paolo
  • Discover the catacombs of Santa Domitilla
Full description
There is another Rome underneath the city you know and love. A silent and humble city under the majestic Renaissance and Baroque architecture. There are centuries of history buried in the layers beneath the churches and in the tunnels running through the catacombs. Take yourself on a captivating journey into the bowels of the earth.

There were difficult centuries for Rome, from being the capital of an immense empire to a small province under constant threat of wars and political crises. Even after Constantine moved the capital of the empire to Constantinople in 330 AD, Rome still numbered around 450,000 inhabitants at the beginning of the 5th century AD. And yet, there were no more than 25,000 inhabitants by the 8th century AD. This drastic decline in population with traditional political institutions falling into disuse, saw the rise of the new power of the papacy. Meanwhile vast areas of the city within the ancient walls were abandoned or turned into vegetable gardens, and entire structures were re-adapted, often as Christian churches.

Journey back in time from the Renaissance to pagan Rome at San Clemente
Explore ancient life in the Roman houses beneath Santi Giovanni e Paolo
Save time and enjoy a more comfortable visit by selecting to travel between sites via minivan.
Take a catacombs tour of Santa Domitilla.
Includes
  • Skip-the-line entrance tickets
  • A professional guide
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

In front of Basilica San Clemente.

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Important information
Know before you go
This walking tour includes a number of 10-15 minute walks between sites and some steep staircases. Wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water.