Guided tour

Rome: Catacombs & St Clement's Underground Semi-Private Tour

4.7 / 5

24 reviews

Activity provider: Touriks

Rome: Catacombs & St Clement's Underground Semi-Private Tour

Activity provider: Touriks

From US$ 104.50 per person

Explore a surprising lesser-known gem in the city center before jumping outside the city walls to the mazy Roman Catacombs. Go 16m underground in a dark world of secret cults and ancient wall paintings with either a private or a small-group guided tour

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Chinese, Portuguese
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • Save time with pick-up, luggage deposit & drop-off in the city center
  • Descend in the dark maze of the Roman Catacombs
  • Be surprised by the 3-level underworld of St. Clement’s Basilica
  • Find an ancient Mithraic Temple and an underground river
  • Enjoy the quality of a small-group (max. 8) or private tour
Full description
Explore 2 contrasting underground sights with an expert guide. Discover a hidden gem 14m below St. Clement’s Basilica and descend into the twisty tunnels of the Roman Catacombs. Meet your guide in front of St. Clement's Basilica and venture deep underground below its foundations into a mystical world of ancient cults and legends. Journey through several layers of history and earth, down to 14 meters below ground. Live the excitement of gradually exploring the later structures built on top of it on your way up to the surface. Go back in time down to the deepest point and discover the best-preserved Mithraic temple of the city. Touch the waters of an underground stream before going higher into the remains of the 4th Century Basilica, built on top of the martyr’s house and below the actual one. Walking along its imposing walls, you will be fascinated by the ancient frescoes while learning about the scenes and lives of the martyrs they portray. Then you will journey outside the city walls to one of the largest and most ancient catacombs, the otherworldly crypts of Domitilla. Descend 16 meters below the surface and explore the accessible part of its vast labyrinth of underground burial chambers and galleries revealing the shift of faith from paganism to Christianity.
Includes
  • All entrance and private-transport fees
  • Live professional guide
  • Sterilised headsets to hear clearly your guide
  • One mask per person if required
  • Use of hand-sanitizing gel during the tour
  • Full on-site assistance
  • Luggage deposit in our office for the duration of the tour
    Not suitable for
    • People with claustrophobia
    • Wheelchair users

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    Participants

    Date

    Meeting point

    Meet at the TouriksPoint at Via di San Giovanni in Laterano 132, 15 meters from the Basilica of St. Clement. Please arrive 5 minutes before your scheduled starting time.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes

    Not allowed

    • Luggage or large bags
    • Short skirts
    • Sleeveless shirts

    Know before you go

    • - You will need to be at the meeting point 5 minutes before the tour starts
    • - An appropriate dress-code is required in order to enter the churches: knees and shoulders should be covered
    • - Wear comfortable walking shoes: a moderate amount of walking is involved
    • - This tour is subject to weather conditions and/or liturgic-calendar events. If canceled you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
    • - This activity will have a maximum of 8 participants
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 24 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      5/5
    • Transportation
      5/5
    • Value for money
      5/5

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    Transfer from the meeting point worked well and the tour was very interesting. We were also the first in the catacombs and were able to look at everything in peace. Here, too, we had a private tour and everything was explained to us and all of our questions were answered. Everything perfect.

    June 30, 2022

    November 4, 2022

    We had Marle Robinson as our guide and she was amazing, the extent of her knowledge was fantastic. She has opened up our minds with her explanations and stories of the past. This is a must not miss tour, but you must ask for Marle!

    October 30, 2022

    Product ID: 364710