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Rome Catacombs and San Clemente Underground Tour

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Visit the best catacombs in Rome, one-of-the-only remaining Medieval churches,the Ancient Appian and the Aurelian Walls on this tour walking which takes you through multiple time periods of Roman history. Learn about the city and its rich history from your expert guide who will be accompanying you through the tour.

Highlights
  • Skip the Line tickets at the San Clemente Basilica and the Catacombs of Domitilla
  • 3 hours walking tour of two top attractions in Rome; learn about the sites from a professional art history guide
  • Stroll down the Ancient Appian Way which dates back to 312 BC
  • Discover the long history of Rome as you explore 3 different layers of time at the miraculous Basilica of San Clemente and go to depth of 60ft. Below the current ground level.
  • Admire the ornamentations of one the most richly adorned churches in Rome
  • Visit the Catacombs of Domitilla and discover a painting of Jesus Christ which may forever change your opinion on the prophet’s physical appearance.
  • Transport included to and fro various points of attractions. An air-conditioned coach will be arranged in the summer
  • Small group size, maximum 16 people
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Why You Shouldn’t Miss This

Discover the fascinating history of the Eternal City on this 3-hour tour with the services of an expert art historian and guide; you’ll discover thing you didn’t even know existed.

The Basilica of San Clemente is a multi-layered building which happens to be one of the only remaining medieval churches in Rome. Popularly called the ‘lasagna church’, each layer of the building represents a different time period in history.

The Catacombs of Domitilla are one of the best catacombs in Rome. Over here your expert guide will dispel myths surrounding early christianity and teach you new things about the religion. You will also get to visit an underground church built to honor two Roman soldiers who chose death over praying to the Roman Emperor. You will also find heart-warming epitaphs and discover a painting of Jesus Christ which will forever change how you imagine the prophet looks like.

The Aurelian Walls were a set of defensive walls built in the third century to keep the barbarians at bay. Not only will you be able to see this wall on your to the Catacombs but you will also get to walk a small stretch on the Ancient Appian Way which has played host to major events including: St. Peter’s meeting with Jesus on his way to escaping and the crucifixion of 10,000 slaves during the revolt of Spartacus.

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Your Experience

Begin your tour near the Basilica of San Clemente and venture into medieval Roman church. Over here you will be able to see stunning ornamentation used in this medieval church and discover its many secrets. Discover lost frescos about Christian martyrs and see one of the first examples of the modern Italian language in its written form. A level lower and you’ll discover a lost mithraeum and learn about pagan worship. Your final level at San Clemente will be 60ft. below the current ground level and into an ancient Roman house. You can also spot running water from the original Roman waterways here.

The Domitilla Catacombs host a forbidden burial ground. As you pass through the narrow corridors and see the final resting place of thousands of early Christians, your guide will unveil some unheard secrets from these times. You can also see epitaphs, fourth-century frescoes of saints and discover a painting of Jesus that goes against his modern stereotypical representation.

You will also get to see the famous Aurelian Wall built by Emperor Aurelian to keep Rome same from the barbarian invasion of the 3rd century. The Appian Way is another famous attractions which has been mentioned in several epics from the past.

All transfers in between the tour will be done via a shared coach; prices are included in the ticket. Just sit back and take in the history of Rome on this mesmerizing tour which explores various time periods of the Eternal City.

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Inclusions
  • Skip the line tickets to San Clemente Basilica
  • Skip the line tickets to Catacombs of Domitilla
  • Skip the line tickets to Ancient A- Skip the line tickets to San Clemente Basilica
  • Skip the line tickets to Catacombs of Domitilla
  • Skip the line tickets to Ancient Appian Way
  • Services of a professional driver and luxury vehicle for the tour
  • Services of an expert art historian guide ppian Way
  • Services of a professional driver and luxury vehicle for the tour
  • Services of an expert art historian guide
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Exclusions
  • Food and Drinks
  • Pickup and Drop-off
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Know Before You Go

Tour Timings
The tour happens on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 9:30 AM. The tour goes on for 3 hours. Please note: there are some black days each month due to the venues not being available for a tour.

Dress Code

  • The sites on this itinerary include holy places and as such require a decorum for attire. Men and women must cover their shoulders and knees. You may bring extra covering and put them on before the entrance to the holy areas.
  • There will be plenty of walking on the tour so do make sure you wear comfortable walking footwear.
  • Please do not carry any big bags on the tour.

Admission Restrictions
This tour is not advised for individual with any movement difficulties as there is plenty of walking on the tour. Wheelchairs and strollers will not be allowed on the tour.

Photography and Cameras
Photography and cameras are not allowed in some of the sites visited on the tour. Please respect the photography policy of all the venues you visit as part of the tour.

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Moderate Cancellation Policy

You may cancel up to 72 hours in advance for a full refund.

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How To Use Your Ticket
You will receive an email with your Rome Catacombs and San Clemente Underground tour ticket shortly. You may display the same on your mobile device along with a valid photo ID when you meet your guide at the meeting point.

Meeting Point
The meeting point is located outside the Basilica di San Clemente, in Piazza di San Clemente on Via di San Giovanni in Laterano. We recommend that you reach the meeting point at least 15 minutes before the start time of your tour.

Getting There
Taxi: Just tell the driver “Basilica San Clemente” and they should get you right there.
Subway/Metro: The closest stop is the “Colosseo” stop on the metro line B aka the blue line.Once out of the metro turn left and walk past the Colosseum. When you see the “LudusMagnus” ruins in front of you, walk to the right of them straight up via San Giovanni in Laterano.The Basilica di San Clemente will be on your left.

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Your ticket is valid only on the date and time for which you’ve scheduled the experience.

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Where?

Basilica of San Clemente , Via Labicana, 95, Roma

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