The Underground Rome
Ilaria at San Clemente
We will start with visiting St. Clemente Basilica, built in the XII century after the Normans in 1084 destroyed the previous church.
We’ll visit the beautiful church of the XII century, the lower church dating to the early days of Christianity and the deeper level consisting in two ancient Roman buildings dating to the I and II century AD.
Next we’ll walk to the Roman Houses on the Caelian Hill, situated under the Basilica of the Saints John and Paul. According to tradition, St. John and St. Paul were martyred here in 362 A.D. We’ll explore two different houses which contain more than 20 frescoed underground rooms, which dates from the period between the 2nd and the 4th Century A.D.
Other subterranean Rome sights to visit:
We can tailor an itinerary for you to cover more particular sites, obtaining special openings and permissions when required.
Open to the public:
Temples below San Nicola in Carcere, Crypta Balbi, House of Augustus, House of Livia, Domus below Palazzo Valentini, San Martino ai Monti, Tombs of via Latina, area Sacra of Largo Argentina, Mausoleums of San Sebastiano, Vicus Capriarius
Special permission required: Mithraeum of the Circus Maximus, mithraeum of the baths of Caracalla, columbaria of Pomponius Hylas, columbaria of Vigna Codini, Necropolises of via Ostiense, nympheus of the Annibaldi, Auditorius of Maecenas, S. Crisogono, S. Cecilia in Trastevere, Hypogeum in via Livenza, Hypogeum of the Flavians, Aracoeli Insula, Roman House beneath the Barracco Museum, constructions beneath S.Paolo alla Regola, Domus Aurea, Sette Sale, Sundial of augustus, Stadium of Domitian, Latrine in via Garibaldi, VII cohort of guards, Monte del Grano tomb, Nimpheum of Egeria.