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    The Best 5 Underground Sites to Visit in Rome

    Discover a unique and fascinating side of Rome!

    by Federica on

    The Best 5 Underground Sites to Visit in Rome

    Beneath the bustling streets and historic landmarks of Rome lies a labyrinth of hidden wonders waiting to be discovered. From ancient catacombs to subterranean chambers, the Eternal City boasts a wealth of underground sites that offer a glimpse into its rich and layered history. Whether you're a history enthusiast, an architecture buff, or simply seeking adventure off the beaten path, these 5 underground sites are sure to captivate and intrigue. Get ready to explore Rome from a whole new perspective! 

    St. Clemens Subterraneans

    Piazza di San Clemente

    The Basilica of St. Clemens is home to an incredible archaeological complex. Below the present 12th century basilica, visitors can find a 4th century church and an even lower Mithraic temple dating back to the 1st century. Close your eyes and listen to the sound of the subterranean waters flowing under you!

    Domus Romane of Palazzo Valentini

    Foro Traiano 85

    Visit this archaeological area and discover two stunning patrician dwellings dating back to the 4th century AD. Marvel at vibrant polychrome marble, mosaic floors, statues, the bathing area and much more. You will feel like a time traveler immersed in a distant past!

    Catacombs of St. Callistus

    Via Appia Antica 110

    The complex of the Catacombs includes the crypts of popes and bishops from the 3rd century, as well as the one where the remains of Saint Cecilia were held until the 9th century.

    Domus Romane del Celio

    Clivo di Scauro

    The impressive archaeological complex located on the slopes of the Celio is famous for the incredibly well preserved frescoed rooms. The area is also relevant from the religious point of view, as it is traditionally known as the place of martyrdom of the Saints John and Paul. 

    Domus Aurea

    Via Serapide

    The Domus Aurea was the residence of Emperor Nero, which was built after the devastating fire of 64 AD. It consisted of a series of pavilions that can still be visited today. Marvel at the remains of intricate decorations and learn about one of the most famous Roman emperors of all times!

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