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Underground Rome Tour for Children and Families

  • In front of St. Clemens' Basilica
  • In St. John's Cathedral
  • In the Oratory of St. Sylvester
  • In front of the Crypt of the Capuchins
  • It is a private, walking tour. Your English-speaking guide is reserved only for your family.
  • The length of the tour is 3 hours; it is a mix of indoor, underground, and outdoor areas.
  • Not available on Sunday mornings and certain holidays when venues are closed to the public.
  • Transportation to the tour is not included, but can be arranged for an extra fee. During this tour will require at least 1 taxi ride not included in the tour fee.
  • This tour may not be suitable for very young children or adults who can be frightened easily by seeing skeletons or bones.
  • 24 hours minimum notice is required for a reservation. Availabilities are limited, so order early!
  • We visit rain or shine, so bring appropriate protection from the elements.

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  • A visit to the Catacombs is not included in the standard 3-hour tour. We can add an additional hour to your tour as requested for an extra fee. The guide can accompany you and will explain the venue before entering. At the Catacombs you may join a group led at the Catacombs venue selected and your guide will not be permitted to speak depending on the venue. There are several Catacombs throughout Rome and the staff according to the scheduled date will select one site if you choose this optional add-on.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a bottle of water (there are fountains available so you can refill your bottle).
  • Many underground areas are not handicap friendly and some passages are very narrow. Wheelchairs and strollers are not recommended for this tour.
  • Entrance tickets are required at some venues and will be purchased upon entering. The lines are not often more than a few minutes long to enter.
  • Dress code is not required, however because many sites are inside of Catholic churches it is appreciated to follow etiquette. Church dress etiquette includes that shorts and skirts must cover the knees. Shoulders must be covered. It is not necessary to dress in formal attire during a tour.

Tour description

Deep Underground Rome contains the secrets of the ancient city’s remains from layers of a long and varied history. There are special places throughout the Eternal City where these layers can be revealed and on our tour we will take you to see the relics of ancient ritual spaces, dwellings of the early Romans, engineering marvels from early periods of the great Roman Empire, and the changing façades of Catholicism in Rome.

An excellent tour around the capuchin crypt and some important basilicas. Giorgia was excellent, great with kids and very knowledgeable. She answered all our questions, was very patient and understood when the kids needed to move on. Definitely recommend.

We take your family through the most famous and interesting sites of Underground Rome to teach the historical significance of the early periods and also other sites that relate them back to modern Christianity and the society of Italy today.

Our itinerary includes the decorative Crypt of the Capuchin friars, the Church of St. Clemens (visiting 4 subterranean levels!), the Holy Steps, the Church of St. John in Lateran, and more.


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