Underground Rome: Ancient Catacombs and Secret Temples

3 hr

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Private Tour

Fully explore the depth of the Eternal City with a fascinating tour of the subterranean labyrinths below its surface - the underworld of Rome.  You'll get private access through these ancient underground cemeteries and feel the magnitude of the catacombs as you quietly walk among the now empty graves.

  • Enter Basilica San Clemente and the Catacombs.
  • Discover subterranean tunnels, different kinds of tombs and the cult of Mithras.
  • Learn about the two millennia...
Fully explore the depth of the Eternal City with a fascinating tour of the subterranean labyrinths below its surface - the underworld of Rome.  You'll get private access through these ancient underground cemeteries and feel the magnitude of the catacombs as you quietly walk among the now empty graves.

  • Enter Basilica San Clemente and the Catacombs.
  • Discover subterranean tunnels, different kinds of tombs and the cult of Mithras.
  • Learn about the two millennia old layers of history underneath the Eternal City.
  • Witness some of the most important early-day Christian frescoes in the world. 
  • See one of the earliest depictions of the Virgin Mary.
The quiet tunnels will come to life as your guide tells you the stories and legends of early Christianity during the days of Roman persecution.  The catacombs were the underground burial places of the Christian and Jewish communities from the second century AD. Christians would gather in the Catacombs for funerals and to celebrate the anniversaries of martyrs and the dead. During the time of Christian persecution the catacombs served as the burial site for Christian martyrs and were also used to celebrate the mass in secret. Around the year 366 AD these underground cemeteries became shrines for the martyrs and popular sites for pilgrimages. 

Step into this mystical maze and see some of the most important Christian frescoes in the world - such as the earliest depiction of the Virgin Mary and the oldest image of the Magi kings. Learn how the catacombs were started, and listen to the stories of some of the important figures, including Saints Peter and Paul, who were once buried there. See how pagan artwork translated into Christian Rome.

Discover within these subterranean tunnels, the different kinds of tombs - arcosolium, the sarcophagus, the forma, the cubiculum and the crypt. Learn about the special guild of workers referred to as fossores - ' gravediggers' - who dug miles and miles of these galleries in the dim light of oil lamps. Don't miss out on the opportunity to see this awe-inspiring underworld beneath one of the most ancient cities in the world.


Tour duration
3 hours

Type of tour
Excursion tour - a private vehicle will take you to/from your destination. At your destination you will walk between sights.

Tickets included
  • Entrance tickets to Basilica San Clemente and the Catacombs

Other inclusions
Gratuities optional
Customisable - simply ask us

Suitable for
Family, Friends, Culture Vulture, Adventurous

Attractions along this route:

Catacombs
An underground network of ancient Christian burial grounds.

Basilica of San Clemente
This church is on three levels: medieval, early Christian and finally an ancient Roman cult sanctuary.
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Cancellation Policy

You can cancel for a full refund up to 48 hours before the start of your experience. If you do not show up for the experience or fail to cancel at least 48 hours in advance, you will not receive a refund.