Guided tour

Rome: Catacombs & St Clement's Underground Semi-Private Tour

Rome: Catacombs & St Clement's Underground Semi-Private Tour

From US$ 112.93 per person

Explore a surprising lesser-known gem in the city center before jumping outside the city walls to the mazy Roman Catacombs. Go 16m underground in a dark world of secret cults and ancient wall paintings with either a private or a small-group guided tour

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Duration 3 hours
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Private or small groups available


  • Save time with pick-up, luggage deposit & drop-off in the city center
  • Descend in the dark maze of the Roman Catacombs
  • Be surprised by the 3-level underworld of St. Clement’s Basilica
  • Find an ancient Mithraic Temple and an underground river
  • Enjoy the quality of a small-group (max. 8) or private tour
Full description
Explore 2 contrasting underground sights with an expert guide. Discover a hidden gem 14m below St. Clement’s Basilica and descend into the twisty tunnels of the Roman Catacombs. Meet your guide in front of St. Clement's Basilica and venture deep underground below its foundations into a mystical world of ancient cults and legends. Journey through several layers of history and earth, down to 14 meters below ground. Live the excitement of gradually exploring the later structures built on top of it on your way up to the surface. Go back in time down to the deepest point and discover the best-preserved Mithraic temple of the city. Touch the waters of an underground stream before going higher into the remains of the 4th Century Basilica, built on top of the martyr’s house and below the actual one. Walking along its imposing walls, you will be fascinated by the ancient frescoes while learning about the scenes and lives of the martyrs they portray. Then you will journey outside the city walls to one of the largest and most ancient catacombs, the otherworldly crypts of Domitilla. Descend 16 meters below the surface and explore the accessible part of its vast labyrinth of underground burial chambers and galleries revealing the shift of faith from paganism to Christianity.
  • All entrance and private-transport fees
  • Live professional guide
  • Sterilised headsets to hear clearly your guide
  • One mask per person if required
  • Use of hand-sanitizing gel during the tour
  • Full on-site assistance
  • Luggage deposit in our office for the duration of the tour
    Not suitable for
    • People with claustrophobia
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions

    You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    • All required protective equipment is provided
    Traveler requirements
    • You must bring your own headphones
    • You must fill out a travel information form
    • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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    Meeting point

    Meet at the TouriksPoint at Via di San Giovanni in Laterano 132, 15 meters from the Basilica of St. Clement. Please arrive 5 minutes before your scheduled starting time.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes

    Not allowed

    • Short skirts
    • Sleeveless shirts
    • Luggage or large bags

    Know before you go

    • - You will need to be at the meeting point 5 minutes before the tour starts
    • - An appropriate dress-code is required in order to enter the churches: knees and shoulders should be covered
    • - Wear comfortable walking shoes: a moderate amount of walking is involved
    • - This tour is subject to weather conditions and/or liturgic-calendar events. If canceled you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
    • - This activity will have a maximum of 8 participants
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    5 /5

    based on 6 reviews

    Review summary

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    A great experience in a part little known to the general public. We are very happy to have had such a passionate guide so invested in her work. Thanks to Sara, we highly recommend her.

    August 26, 2021

    This tour was very interesting and impressive, Lorenzo was a great guide, definitely recommended

    June 14, 2021

    beautiful with Tourkis

    June 1, 2021

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    Product ID: 364710