Rome Underground Tour: Secrets of the Imperial City

Secret hidden Rome-Gladiator gyms, buried houses, church crypts – this is Rome as you’ve never seen her before.

The Must-See Highlights of the Underground Rome Tour

Discover underground Rome, buried deep beneath the bustling ancient capital.

See Rome like never before on this underground adventure.

Hidden stories with a great guide

Discover the hidden stories that lie beneath Italy’s metropolitan capital.

Descend into the belly of the ancient city to see the remains of the ancient world.

A Guided underground tour

Learn about the old ways of life, the secrets, and the art and artifacts that remain.

Uncover the three underground levels of the Basilica of San Clemente, a 12th century church home to amazing mosaics and frescoes that date back to the 4th century.

Ancient Roman homes

The deepest level beneath the city reveals homes as old as the 1st century BC that would have been on the street level.

Rome must sees

The Underground Rome tour continues to the Roman houses under the Basilica dei Santissimi Giovanni and Paolo.

Highlights of Rome

Just a stone’s throw from the Colosseum you’ll discover a mesmerising piazza, off the beaten tourist path, and admire the stunning frescoes of the church.

Rome walking tour

Get lost in the magic of wandering the roads, and exploring the old world of The Eternal City on our mysterious walking tour.

Tour Details

The finer tour details:

All persons under 17 must present valid ID showing date of birth for entry into museums or full adult price will be charged.


  • Ludus Magnus (Gladiators’ Gym)
  • Basilica San Clement
  • Roman Houses on the Celium Hill

Excluded from tour price: Optional gratuities


Meeting Point

In Rome, in front of “Squisito Cook”
Via del Colosseo, 31, Roma


Knees and shoulders must be covered to enter the churches! Travelling in hot weather? Don’t worry, you can drape a shawl over your shoulders.

If you enjoyed your tour and would like to give your guide a token of appreciation, tips are happily accepted. When asked, the office staff recommends whatever amount you feel comfortable with giving.

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3 reviews for Rome Underground Tour: Secrets of the Imperial City

  1. Sonja Fuquea

    Our Rome Underground tour was great. It was January, the slow season so we were the only two people booked for our tour. Alessandro, our guide, was wonderful! He was very knowledgeable and took time to answer all our questions. We could tell he really enjoyed his work. This tour took us to places we would never have thought to visit otherwise. It gave a new and deeper understanding of Roman culture and history. We would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to experience Rome more thoroughly. Also we have booked with ArtViva before and the entire process is always easy and stress free.

  2. Brandon Bolinger

    Definitely recommend this tour. Alessandro was very knowledgeable. It was a real treat to experience ancient sites in three dimensions and in so much of their original and historical context.

  3. Dale Selves

    This was one of several private tours booked with ArtViva and was a complete surprise. I was skeptical as I had no interest in seeing the catacombs. Seeing the the three underground levels of the Basilica of San Clemente, the Roman houses under the Basilica dei Santissimi Giovanni and Paolo, an underground river and incredible frescoes was very interesting and quite marvelous. Our guide’s enthusiasm was contagious! Our ArtViva guides were awesome!

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