Beneath the bustling, busy streets of Rome is an entirely different world. A must for the inquisitive traveler, this tour explores a side of Rome not often seen.
In what was, in Roman times, a quarry, the more curious traveler will find the Catacombs of Priscilla. Once used for Christian burials, today’s visitor is treated to 3rd century wall paintings; the oldest known depictions of Mary in existence. From the 3rd century to the comparatively modern 12th century, the Basilica di San Clemente offers visitors the unique opportunity to descend through time, culture and faith. A perfect example of Christianity’s rise to prominence- the basilica rests above a 4th century church that was once a private home, and place of clandestine Christian worship. A 3rd century Mithraeum, or the Temple of Mithras, occupies the courtyard of an apartment built on the foundations of a building that stood until the great fire in 64 AD. Before you return to the surface, close your eyes and let history come alive with the sounds of the still running aqueduct that dates back to the 1st century.
- Easy access to the catacombs & crypts
- Professional English speaking guide to accompany you along the journey
- We will visit the Crypt of Capuchins, Catacombs of Priscilla and the Basilica of San Clemente
- We will learn more about the significance of clandestine Christian worship
Rome is a city with its vibrant and colorful history perpetually on display. However, It isn't until you walk beneath the city’s streets that you begin to understand what it meant to be citizen of Rome-from birth to death, across the centuries. Europe Odyssey offers a tour that blurs the lines between past and present and grants you access to a Rome that few people ever experience.Book now