Rome underground basilicas & Foro Boario private tour
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Rome underground basilicas & Foro Boario private tour

Free cancellation
Language: English , Italian , German
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 3 hours
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • 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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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitised between use
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • Temperature screening is compulsory for all visitors
  • Visitors over 18 must show their ID and proof of one of the following: a full vaccination or first vaccination (this requirement varies depending on the country) received at least 15 days prior, recovery from a COVID-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative result from a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the experience starts. This may also apply to those aged 12 and above
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative result from a recent antigen or molecular test may be required, please check the local requirements before your visit.
  • 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
    • Please refer to the calendar for updated starting times and availability
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    Provider
    Mea Tours&Events
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 48 hours before the experience begins.

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