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Catacombs and Secrets of Rome Private Tour

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3-4 hours

Tour Type

Walking Tour

Group Size

Private Tour

Meeting Point

Your Hotel

The Rome Beneath: Discover the Secrets of Rome's Hidden Past

Embark on a private Europe Odyssey tour that will plunge you beneath Rome’s teeming surface, into a world frozen in time. Wander through the winding Catacombs of Priscilla, where echoes of early Christianity are etched into the walls, the oldest known frescoes of Mary your silent guides.

But the journey doesn’t stop there. We’ll journey to the layered history of the Basilica di San Clemente. Above ground, a modern basilica. Beneath, a 4th-century home church and even deeper, a 3rd-century Mithraeum. Every step you take vibrates with Rome’s ancient pulse, underscored by the distant rumble of a 1st-century aqueduct. 

You see, this isn’t just a tour, it’s a ticket back in time. It’s a chance to walk within history’s echoes, to breathe in the antiquity, and to touch the remnants of a Rome buried beneath today’s busy streets. So, shall we descend together into Rome’s past?

Children under 7 years of age – Free

Capuchin Monastery :
Capuchin Monastery :

The Capuchin Monastery, nestled within the bustle of Rome, offers a starkly unique glimpse into the rituals of mortality.


This friary is famed for its Capuchin Crypt, a series of chapels adorned with the skeletal remains of over 4,000 Capuchin monks, arranged artistically and symbolically. But this is more than macabre art; it serves as a profound reminder of life's ephemeral nature, a memento mori echoed in the inscription: "What you are now, we once were; what we are now, you shall be.


St. Clement’s & the Temple of Mithras :
St. Clement’s & the Temple of Mithras :

St. Clement's Basilica, at the surface, built during the Middle Ages, is adorned with beautiful mosaics and frescoes. Yet, one level below, the remains of a 4th-century church hint at Rome's early Christian roots.


This space was once devoted to the mystery cult of Mithras, a religion popular amongst Rome's military and civil service in the late Roman Empire. A fascinating feature here is the Mithraic altar, a stone relief depicting Mithras slaying a bull, a sacred rite in Mithraism.


Fact: The Mithraic religion, although widespread, left few written records, making sites like the Temple of Mithras in St. Clement's invaluable for understanding this ancient faith.


Catacombs of Priscilla :
Catacombs of Priscilla :

The Catacombs of Priscilla, resting quietly beneath the bustling streets of Rome, hold a distinct place in early Christian history. This extensive network of burial galleries, named after the noblewoman Priscilla, served as a sacred burial ground for Christians in the 2nd to 4th centuries.


The catacombs are particularly renowned for their precious 3rd-century frescoes, including what is believed to be the oldest known depiction of the Virgin Mary. The "Madonna and Child" and "The Three Wise Men" frescoes are among the most recognized.


Tour Highlights

  • Expert Insights at your Pace: Witness the earliest known frescoes of Mary and the intricate architecture of forgotten eras, hidden beneath Rome's modern facade.
  • Personalized & Efficient: Experience the serenity of a private tour, free from the distractions and crowds.
  • Full Assistance & Comfort: Benefit from exclusive insights of an expert guide,transforming ancient stones into vibrant narratives.

  • Customized tour tailored to your preferences.
  • Headsets available.
  • Skip-the-line tickets for a hassle-free experience.
  • Engaging, well-groomed guides to enhance your tour.
  • The option for the guide to meet you at your hotel upon request.
  • Transportation costs to and from the tour's meeting point.
  • Water or lunch during the tour.
  • Tips or gratuity for the guide.

This tour is also available as

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Vatican Museum entrance

Tour's Location

How many people can join this tour?
  • The tour requires a minimum of 1 person per booking to be conducted.
  • The tour/activity is designed to accommodate a maximum of 8 people.
How do we travel from one site to the other?

You have 3 options for moving around the city:

  • Private car hire (this costs about € 65 per hour).
  • Your guide will call a taxi (a typical taxi trip is about €15)
  • Your guide will take you on public transport (tickets cost €1,50 each)
What should I wear?
  • Comfortable shoes, such as sneakers with cushioned insoles, are highly recommended for walking.
What should I bring?
  • Sunscreen and a hat (in sunny weather)
  • A light jacket or layers, as it can get chilly underground.
  • A small bag to carry your belongings
  • Cash or credit card for souvenirs, or food
What is not allowed?
  • Large bags, backpacks, and suitcases
  • Drones or selfie sticks
  • Animals (except for service animals)
  • Smoking
Is the tour physically demanding?
  • This tour involves walking, narrow stairs, and uneven terrain. Visitors with mobility issues may find the tour challenging. It is not wheelchair accessible.
  • We recommend you book one month in advance especially during peak season.
Know before you go
  • For a full refund, tours must be cancelled at least 96 hours prior to the scheduled start time.
  • If a tour is cancelled between 72 and 24 hours before the tour, only the balance amount will be refunded, and the ticket fee will be retained.
  • No refund will be issued for tours cancelled within 24 hours or less of the scheduled start time.
from €330,00

Please book the tour a month in advance

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