Rome underground and Appian way
Live a unique experience
With a driver and a guide, experience the ancient “freeway” that was the Appian Way, the starting point for Roman traders and warriors journeying to the far eastern reaches of the empire. Dating from 312 BCE, it was flanked by mausoleums, many of them built by Rome’s most wealthy and famous families. More than anything it is the unmissable Christian Catacombs which consistently draw visitors today. They are the burial grounds of the earliest Christians who after death were laid to rest deep below the earth in maze-like underground galleries.
Today when you visit these tombs, you witness a remarkable insight into the formative early Christian community and, with the help of your guide, get a sense of how Christianity was born ad how it developed toward what it is today (normally we join an archeological guide group for this part of the tour).
We will take you to the Basilica of San Clemente, perharps the most unique basilica in the city. Here, you will literally see the layers of Rome History, as the modern day church is build atop an ancient basilica which it itself atop an ancient roman religious site.
You will also drive past two of the most important Basilicas in the city, St. John Lateran (the former seat of the Papacy) and Santa Maria Maggiore.
- Client with physical limitations (i.e. walking difficulties) are nor recommended to take this tour. No wheelchairs allowed. People with claustrophobia may find this tour difficult.
- Dress code required for the Catacombs: Knees and shoulders must be covered, sandals allowed. It is always chilly underground, therefore be prepared.
Enjoy the tour with maximum comfort
- Guide in Christian Catacombs
- Pick-up at hotel and drop-off in the city centre or restaurant on route
What's not included
Things to know about our tours
- Guide for S. Clemente or S. Peter in Chains
- Gratuity for chauffeur and guide