Rome’s Best Kept Secrets: The Underground Tour

With so much to see and do, it’s easier to take a tour by an experienced guide. Walks of Italy provides the best way to visit the eternal city through history, culture and religion without doing too much research.

In hidden Rome, the tour company provides a chance to visit three best-kept secret attractions through Crypts, Bones & Catacombs: Underground Tour of Rome. With trained and passionate tour guides, visitors can learn centuries of history through these less-known attractions. Just because the sites aren’t visited by masses of tourists doesn’t mean the attraction are insignificant. In fact, the tour group doesn’t experienced the high crowds most of the popular attractions face during the summer peak season.

  • Capuchin Crypt, a religious chapel lined with the bones of 4,000 monks

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  • the Catacomb of Santa Priscilla

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  • the Basilica of San Clemente

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Out-of-town tourists are instructed to meet their designated tour guide at the foot of large statues in the middle of the square at Piazza Barberini. Just a couple of blocks is the Capuchin CryptIMG_2775

At the Capuchin Crypt, visitors will see the multitudes of bones crafted in almost sinister manner. The philosophy of life is captured throughout the various rooms of bones.1302629771

Through van transport, tourists are escorted to the Catacomb of Santa Priscilla. The Catacomb is one of the 20 in Rome available to the public. This least-visited attraction is managed by Benedictine nuns, who maintained the underground catacombs. The average age of the nun is about 80, with no novice entering the convent doors. Sustainability and transition will become key issue on who will take over the Catacomb of Santa Priscilla within the next 10 years.

The Catacomb of Santa Priscilla showcases the known, earliest drawings of the Virgin Blessed Mary, the Mother of God.1302629091 Other highlights include galleries of cemeteries, a Greek chapel and the Cubiculum of the Veiled Woman. If anyone suffers from claustrophobia, this is not the attraction to visit, so these individuals should wait in the gardens or select another tour.

The Basilica of San Clemente is a live archaeological dig. About 200 years of history in distinct layers are peeled away through several centuries of churches and temples laying underneath the Basilica. Upon entering the sacred areas, tank tops are forbidden apparel and females should keep shoulders covered at all times. With a bustling gift shop, the entrance of the tunnels show long lines of out-of-town guests waiting to enter the areas. With the assistance of the tour company, guests are ushered into the tunnels immediately.IMG_2812

Interested in signing up for this specific tour, visit the tour company’s website here.

 

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Mary Jeneverre Schultz toured Europe with her mom. Her travels take her all over the United States. She enjoys Chinatowns, Little Tokyo and Manila Towns. International adventures include the Philippines, Mexico France, Italy, England, Vietnam and Ireland.