Guided visits to Underground Rome
Come discover the hidden city under the city! Roman dwellings where the first Christians would convene, where the apostles and evangelists lived during their stay in ancient Rome: a precious treasure to discover and admire.
Come discover the Carcer Tullianum, the oldest prison in Rome, more commonly known as Mamertine Prison, which for many centuries was a maximum security prison for Rome's enemies awaiting execution. According to tradition it was the place where the Apostles Peter and Paul lived their last days before they were martyred. Our visit will continue to the Basilica of San Nicola in Carcere, built over the remains of three of the oldest temples in Rome.
This visit will take you back in time to the experience of the first century Christians, who would gather together in their homes to share and celebrate their faith. The crypt of the Basilica of Santa Maria in Via Lata was one such home, a roman dwelling where Saint Peter, Saint Luke and Saint Paul all lived. Continuing along Via del Corso, which corresponds with the ancient via Lata, we will visit the Basilica of San Lorenzo in Lucina which was again built over the domus of a Roman matron, Lucina.
The first century Christians devoted themselved to remembering the witnesses of faith, from the Apostles to the Martyrs. And they also wished to be buried nearby these same witnesses. Visiting the Catacombs, you will discover an underground city which served as such burial grounds, filled with an aura of sacredness and faith. Here too the first Christians would gather in remembrance of the Apostles and the Martyrs, commemorating their "Dies Natalis" (the anniversary of their death was called the day of their "birth", the birth to eternal life), celebrating the Eucharist and sharing meals in fraternal charity and joyful celebration.
The Catacombs are a hidden gem, far from the noise of the city, that opens each pilgrim to "all the beauty, faith and memory of so many people who believed in Christ and in his word of hope". (Card. Gianfranco Ravasi)
Carcer Tullianum and Crypt of the Basilica of San Nicola in Carcere / Crypt of Santa Maria in Via Lata and San Lorenzo in Lucina
O.R.P. spiritual assistants or guides will accompany the visits.
Price: € 10 per person (free 0-5 years old)
Our offer includes:
- Guided visit
- Group Tour
- Entrance to the sites included in the itinerary
- Reception and assistance
A specialized on-site guide will accompany the visit.
Price: € 10 per person (free 0-6 years old)
- Meet with an O.R.P. pastoral assistant who will welcome you and introduce the visit
- Guided visit
- Time for catechesis and prayer
For a group price quote or more information on visits please send enquiries to email@example.com
Palazzo del Vicariato Vecchio
Via della Pigna, 13/a - 00186 Rome ITALY
Monday to Friday
9 AM to 1 PM and 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM (Rome time)
Office at St. John Lateran
Palazzo Lateranense - Diocesan Offices
Piazza di Porta S. Giovanni, 6 - 00184 Rome ITALY
Monday to Friday
9 AM to 1 PM
Office at St. Peter's
Piazza Pio XII, 9 (Saint Peter Square) - 00193 Rome ITALY
Monday to Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Rome time)