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Underground Basilicas & Foro Boario Private Walking Tour

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7 reviews

Underground Basilicas & Foro Boario Private Walking Tour

From US$ 350.07 per group up to 2

Discover some secret sights of Rome on an exclusive 3-hour walking tour inside the city’s underground passages. Explore the churches of San Crisogono and St. Cecilia in Trastevere, learn about the former cattle forum of Foro Boario, and more.

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Duration 3 hours
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  • Discover 2 underground basilicas in the heart of Rome
  • Learn the history of the Foro Boario cattle forum
  • Marvel at the beauty of the Monastery of St. Cecilia in Trastevere
  • Walk alongside the ancient Ponte Rotto
  • Go to the site of the Temple of Portuno and Temple of Ercole
  • See the tomb and crypt of Saint Cecilia
  • Visit the church of St. Crisogono, dedicated to the martyr Saint Chrysogonus
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Discover a secret world beneath the streets of Rome on an underground tour of 2 lesser-known churches in the heart of the city; Santa Cecilia and San Crisogono. Meet your guide by the Boario Forum, the cattle forum venalium of Ancient Rome. Learn the history of the 2 temples that gave the site great importance in the Roman Republic. Hear about the round Temple of Ercole (Temple of Hercules) and the Ionic-style Temple of Portunos. Cross Palatino Bridge to see the Ponte Rotto (Broken Bridge), commissioned by Marco Emilio Lepido in 179 AC. Some traces indicate that the bridge was already partly built by 241 AC. Continue to Tiber Island and the church of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere. According to legend, the church was built on top of the home of St. Cecilia, a noble vergile of an important family of the Roman Republic. See the tomb of St. Cecilia and the geometric cosmatesque crypt. Walk down a characteristically small street of the Trastevere district to the church of St. Crisogono, dedicated to the martyr Saint Chrysogonus. See the 8th-century frescoes discovered in the excavations of an earlier church, thought to date back to the reign of Constantine I.
  • Licensed guide
  • Headsets
  • Entrance fees
  • Pick-up and drop off
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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  • Comfortable shoes

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  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags

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  • Please dress appropriately to enter sacred sites. Shoulders and knees must be covered. Failure to do so may lead to you being denied entry to the basilicas
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Tour: Die Tour war wirklich sehr interessant und einmal etwas Anderes für die Destination Rom. Wer also einmal von den Standard-Zielen abweichen möchte und abseits der Touristenzentren Roms wandern möchte für den ist diese Tour eine echte Alternative / Bereicherung. Uns hat es wirklich sehr gut gefallen. Guide: Wir hatten das wahnsinnige Glück, dass wir am selben Tag bei 2 verschiedenen Touren den selben Guide hatten. "Unsere" Martha war wirklich toll. Eine so nette, herzliche und noch dazu kompetente Führung hatten wir noch selten. Sie hat uns an ihrem gesamten Wissen teilhaben lassen und rundherum immer wieder verschiedene Dinge erzählt. Danke.

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December 30, 2015


Spannende, interessate Tour.

Karin hat uns eine tolle Tour geboten. Ihr Wissen ist immens.

April 21, 2017



sehr nette Führerin die etwas von ihrem Fachbereich wusste und dies mit Herzblut und Heiterkeit weitergab. Vielen Dank

May 4, 2016

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