UNDERGROUND ROME TOUR: the Hidden city walk.
Perhaps you have already been in Rome. You have probably seen the Colosseum, the Forum, the Vatican museums.
Well, all the sites that I just listed are a MUST in Rome but Rome is much more and you have only scratched the surface!
Join our unique private walking tour of Underground Rome to Explore the Subterranean Wonders Beneath Rome.
We begin the visit to the underground levels of the Roman Houses under the Basilica of Saints John and Paul also known as "Case Romane al Celio.
The Roman houses under the basilica of Saints John and Pauloffer an unusual journey through underground Rome to relive the atmosphere of the ancient city among alleys, ninfeus, spas and the splendid fresco environment of the Roman Houses adorned with extraordinary wall paintings from the 3rd and 4th century AD., perfectly conserved and, the imposing temple of Divo Claudio, transformed by Nero into the ninfeus of the Domus Aurea.
The Complex includes houses, shop and a road section, cut through the foundations of Church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo and provide a fascinating insight to Roman life at the times.
According to the tradition, this was the house of John and Paul who had been officers at the court of the Emporer Constatine (312-37) John and Paul were martyred under the rule of Julian the Apostate (361-363) and were buried on the site of their home.
The Antiquarium exhibits finds from both the houses and the Basilica. It contains Islamic pottery dating from the 12th century which had been used to embellish the medieval bell-tower of the church.
We continue the visit to the subterrean levels of the Basilica of San Clemente: it's one of the most fascinating adventures you can take is to descend into the underground below the 12th century Basilica of San Clemente. Here there are two excavated levels, one revealing the plan of a 4th century Basilica, and the other some 1st century Roman buildings. In one of these is a perfect example of a temple of Mithras, a Persian God who probably migrated back to Italy with soldiers and slaves.
We will enjoy a roman lunch in this typical area of Rome, just few steps from the Colosseum.
From here We can proceed to the Trevi Fountain, the fountain is famous all over the world but very few know what lies beneath the fantastic Facade?
The fountain is still fed by the Acqua Virgo, an ancient acqueduct built in the first century AD by Marcus Agrippa, and resides right above an ancient Roman street- the Vicus Caprarius. Although the Vicus Caprarius no longer remains, a HUGE complex of ancient ruins lie hidden beneath the Trevi fountain, dating to the Imperial age. We will discend under a mondern Cinema not far from the fountain to discover the wonderful underground world beneath.
We will continue with our underground tour with the Stadium of Domitian located under Piazza Navona, which preserves the shape of the ancient running track. The stadium was built by the Emporor Domitian in 85 AD as a venue for Greek-style athletic competitions. Foremost among them must have been foot-races.
Grand re-opening of one of the most important underground site of Rome: The Domitian Stadium in Navona Square, first and unique sample of stonework stadium.Emperor Domitian built the stadium in 85 AD to celebrate the “Certamen Capitolino lovi”, athletic activities very similar to the Greek Olympics. The original name of the square was “in agones”, a greek word which literally means “games”. The stadium was decorated with many statues and one of these, the “Pasquino Statue”, is now located near Navona Square.
Our tour ends in Via Veneto for a visit of the Church of Santa Maria della Concezione, better known as the Capuchine Crypt.
On the celebrated Via Veneto is a church whose crypt has garnered more attention than the paintings inside the church itself. That's because a group of Capuchin monks decided to decorate the eternal resting place below the chapel using the bones of their dearly departed brethren as their artistic medium. The crypt holds the bones of some 4,000 dead Capuchin monks. Arranged in odd decorative designs around the shriveled and decayed skeletons of their kinsmen, a macabre reminder of the impermanence of earthly life, the crypt is strangely touching and beautiful. As one sign proclaims: "What you are, we once were. What we are, you someday wll be."
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