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Rome underground basilicas & Foro Boario private tour

Availability: Monday to Sunday
Duration: 3 hours
Language: English, French, German
Mobile voucher accepted
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  • Discover two underground basilicas in the heart of Rome
  • Learn the history of the Foro Boario cattle forum
  • Marvel at the beauty of the Monastery of St Cecilia in Trastevere
  • Go to the site of the Temple of Portunus and Temple of Hercules
What to expect

Discover a secret world beneath the streets of Rome on an underground tour of two lesser-known churches in the heart of the city; Santa Cecilia and San Crisogono.

Meet your guide by the Boario Forum, the cattle forum venalium of Ancient Rome. Learn about the history of the two temples that brought about great importance to this site during the Roman Republic. Learn about the round Temple of Ercole (Temple of Hercules) and the Ionic-style Temple of Portunus.

Cross the Palatino Bridge to see the Ponte Rotto (Broken Bridge), commissioned by Marco Emilio Lepido in 179 BC. Some traces indicate that the bridge was already partly built before 241 BC. Continue to Tiber Island and the Church of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere. According to legend, the church was built over the home of St Cecilia, a noble girl of an important family of the Roman Republic. See the tomb of St Cecilia and the geometric Cosmatesque crypt.

Walk down a characteristically small street of the Trastevere neighborhood to the church of St Crisogono, dedicated to the martyr Saint Chrysogonus. See the 8th-century frescoes that were discovered in the excavations of an earlier church, probably dating back to the reign of Constantine I.

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What's included
  • Licensed tour guide
  • Headsets
  • Private tour
  • Entrance fees to the basilica crypts
What's not included
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
Where

Lungotevere Aventino, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

Meeting point:

Meet your guide by the Ponte Palatino (Palatino Bridge) on the Foro Boario side. They will be holding a "Mea Tours" sign.

What to remember
  • As you are entering a sacred place, it is important that you dress appropriately and have your knees and shoulders covered, no tank tops are permitted inside the Basilica. Failure to do so may lead to denied entry in the basilica
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When
  • Tours start at 3.30pm
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Provider
Mea Tours&Events
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Unfortunately, we can't offer you a refund nor can we change or cancel your booking for this particular product, due to our partner's policy.

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