Attractions in Rome • Small Group: Underground Basilicas & Boario Forum Tour

Attractions in Rome: discover a secret world beneath the streets of Rome on an underground tour of 2 lesser-known churches in the heart of the city; Santa Cecilia and San Crisogono.

Duration 3h
20 participants maximum
Service with guide

Attractions in Rome

Meet your guide by the Boario Forum, the cattle forum valium of Ancient Rome. Learn the history of the 2 temples that gave the site great importance in the Roman Republic. Hear about the round Temple of Ercole (Temple of Hercules) and the Ionic-style Temple of Portunus.

Cross Palatino Bridge to see the Ponte Rotto (Broken Bridge), commissioned by Marco Emilio Lepido in 179 AC. Some traces indicate that the bridge was already partly built by 241 AC. Continue to Tiber Island and the church of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere. According to legend, the church was built on top of the home of St. Cecilia, a noble verge 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 district to the church of St. Crisogono, dedicated to the martyr Saint Chrysogonus. See the 8th-century frescoes discovered in the excavations of an earlier church, thought to date back to the reign of Constantine I.

The tour includes:

  • Licensed guide
  • Headsets

The tour does not include:

Entrance fees to the basilica crypts. Entrance fees to both crypts are EUR 7 per person, including headsets and admission. This can be paid direct to your guide prior to the tour departure

Pick-up and drop off

Food and drinks

Tour meeting point

Ponte Palatino, Roma, Italia

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

Tours end at the church of San Crisogorno unless otherwise specified at the start of the tour

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