Rome Tour | Discovering the Eternal City, Underground

Rome Tour

Welcome to Rome Tour | Discovering the Underground of the Eternal City. This a Rome Tour I took with The Roman Guy.

As with many things in Rome and Italy in general, there is a strong sense of history.

A sense that on that very spot you stand, so much has happened; the glorious, the good, the bad and the downright ugly and you do not have to dig deep to find proof either!

Here is where I team up with The Roman Guy for my second tour in Rome (see the Vatican tour here). The goal? Discover my city with the eyes of a tourist!

Rome Tour | Discovering the Underground of the Eternal City

The Rome Catacombs and San Clemente Underground Tour was the perfect tour for me. For one, I had never been to the Basilica di San Clemente and secondly, it was my first visit to the Rome Catacombs! (hangs his head in shame)

Full details on this tour can be found at the following link: Catacombs Tour (click for all the details).

Basilica di San Clemente in Laterano

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Basilica di San Clemente – Underground

Before I start, a shoutout has to go to Bojan, our tour guide for the day. Not only was he incredibly knowledgeable but has a real passion for what he does. 

So my day starts at Basilica di San Clemente, nestled between the Colosseum to your west and Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano east. I mean, if you did not know it was there, it would be easy to miss!

Well apart from the Church being absolutely beautiful, the stunning find is underground, to where the Basilica originally stood in the 4th century (mind boggling, I know!).

The frescoes (image left and right above), date back to the Dark Ages and represent the start of a new era for Christianity. This (minor) Basilica is a real gem and a must visit!

Quick note: Camera flash cannot be used in both the underground basilica and the Catacombs! Hence, the photos are not the greatest quality of the underground stuff but it is incredible. I did not want to stay behind, risking getting lost in one of the many chambers of the catacombs! 😉

Catacombs of Domitilla

Our next stop is to Catacombs of Domitilla, basically the ‘City of the Dead’! Yeap. City. Of. The Dead. You read correctly! And the Domitilla Catacombs are only a small part of this necropolis.

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Catacombs – entrance

Bojan explained, that at the time, Christians believed in resurrection and they needed a resting place (coemeterium) before coming back to the world of the living.

If you are in love with history and wish to delve a little deeper in early Christianity, Roman Pagans and take a glimpse at the Queen of the long Roads, Via Appia (Appian Way) then I would highly recommend this tour! The 9:15 start allows you to finish by lunch time and enjoy the rest of the day. For some restaurant recommendations, check out my list!

Have you been on this Rome tour with The Roman Guy? Share your pics and stories, as I will be happy to add them to this post! 

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  1. MariaAbroad

    I would love to do an underground tour of Rome! Spooky and misterious, just what I like!

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      touristbychance

      Could not agree more Hannah! The architecture is amazing and the City of the Dead was actually pretty cool, from a historical point of view but it sure isn’t for everyone 🙂

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      touristbychance

      Definitely agree! There is also something about discovering your own backyard with a tour guide…it just helps make the experience that little bit more special!

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  2. Kathi

    Really cool! I’m going to Rome in November and we booked the Trastevere Food Tour with The Roman Guy, so I’m very excited how that will be! I visited the Catacombs years and years ago on a summer camp trip to Rome, we even held a mass down there – so impressive! 🙂

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