Underground Rome: Secrets and Mysteries

An outstanding visit to the Roman Houses on the Celio Hill and San Clemente's Basilica

Focus

  • Archeology
  • History

What makes this tour Special

Explore the fascinating archeological sites of the first Christian communities in Rome and their evocative vibes

Get to know the everyday life of Ancient Romans and admire the beautiful preserved frescoes of upper classes' private houses

Learn about the stunning history of one of the most beautiful churches in Rome through the evidences of its three-layers stratification

What to Expect

PRIVATE TOUR

Enjoy your tour with your own private tour expert at your party's disposal only

DURATION

3 hours

START TIME

09:00 - 14:00

PICK UP

Meet&Greet at your hotel/accomodation. Private Driver included throughout the tour

NOT AVAILABLE

Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday

KID FRIENDLY

This tour is suitable for kids of all ages

ENTRANCE TICKETS

Entrance tickets are included! Enjoy your tour!

What's Included
  • Blue badge certified private tour guide
  • Admission tickets for Case Romane del Celio and for the Basilica of S.Clemente
  • Reservation fees
  • Meet & greet your private guide at your hotel or accommodation
  • One Way Transfer from your hotel/accommodation to the tour site
Not Included/ Optional Extras
  • Drop off back to your hotel/accommodation after the tour
  • Extras

Sites you’ll visit

  • Roman Houses on the Celio Hill
  • San Clemente Basilica
  • The Celio hill was a notable wealthy residential district during the Republican-era and Imperial Rome alike. The hill, one of 7 within Rome, is where the greatest soldier of Julius Caesar lived, and the site where the expensive material of Marble was first found within a house in the age of Rome. Lavish villas complete with murals and mosaics have since been found. It has even been said that the great Emperor Marcus Aurelius was born on the Caelian Hill in 121.
  • This small Basilica of Rome located behind the Colosseum uniquely has 2 underground levels, the lowest dating back to the Republican era of 509-27BC and the middle level is believed to be from 392. The Basilica dedicated to Pope Clement first is a real history filled gem of modern day Rome.

Tour description

Enjoy an incredible adventure and discover the secret spots hidden underneath Rome. Explore Roman Houses on the Celio Hill and admire their beautiful frescoes while learning what life was like 2,000 years ago in one of the wealthiest neighbourhoods in Rome. The Case Romane have been recently restored and re-opened to the public, along with a room displaying archaeological findings. Marvel at decorative wall-paintings from 5 separate houses, discovered during excavations in the late 19th century.


Continue with the Basilica of San Clemente, an early Christian basilica not far from the Colosseum and dedicated to Pope St. Clement. Walk down through different layers of time where you will discover well-preserved mosaics, frescoes and even a buried temple dedicated to God Mitra.

Useful information

The locations visited during this tour are not accessible to wheelchair users
Appropriate clothing is highly recommended. Please be aware that the access to holy sites requires a strict dress code. The Basilica of San Clemente is part of the itinerary. Shoulders and knees have to be properly covered.

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