Rome is a city so rich in monuments that there are almost as many hidden underground as there are on top! This shared tour visits the fascinating underground labyrinths of the Catacombs and the Mithraeum of San Clemente, as well as the ancient Appian Way. It starts at the Basilica of San Clemente, an ancient church dating back to the 4th century. This layer cake of Roman history will also uncover the secrets of a male-only religion called the Cult of Mithras that existed 2,000 years ago and rivaled Christianity in popularity.
After visiting the Mithraeum and the Basilica, you and your guide will be picked up by our driver for a short ride back into the past and away from the hustle and bustle of the city center. For nearly three centuries, Christianity was illegal in the Roman Empire, and Christians were forced to bury their dead outside the city walls and perform their religious rituals in secrecy. The Catacombs of Domitilla on Rome's Appian Way are one such burial complex that spreads over 17 kilometers of underground galleries and passages, some of which are inaccessible. The catacombs are well preserved and contain a precious fresco that is the earliest known depiction of Christ as the Good Shepherd, as well as the bones from more than 150,000 burials.
After a short stroll along a stretch of the ancient Appian Way where Julius Caesar once walked, your driver will deliver you back to the center of Rome to enjoy the rest of the day.
Participants of this tour are both Select Italy and non-Select Italy clients; maximum number of participants is 12.
Sites Included: Basilica of San Clemente, Mithraeum of San Clemente, Appian Way, Catacombs of Domitillia
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