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Walks of Italy shows the underground of Rome through crypts, bones and catacombs

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With so much to do in Rome, it's better to focus on taking in the sights of this "eternal city" through a guided tour by Walks of Italy.

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This particular tour, especially during the summer time, provides a respite from the searing heat in Rome. Visitors walk through an area mandated by air conditioning to preserve the bones, trail in a line viewing catacombs and go through a tunnel of maze unearthing several layers of churches.

The attractions included in this tour aren't well known but it's a great peek inside the history and culture of Christianity in Rome.

Tour Guide

Linnea hosted an intimate group of five, while training a potential tour guide, throughout the underground secrets of Rome, including bones, catacombs and crypts. The attractions appear as normal buildings from the outside, not screaming out to happenstance tourists.

Well-versed in English, Linnea pokes fun about death at the Capuchin Crypt, knows all the tunnels throughout the Catacombs of Priscilla and shares her fascination with history and art of the Basilica of San Clemente.

Linnea was a wonderful, intelligent, professional and compassionate guide. She was patient with everyone’s questions, stopping at souvenir shops, taking photographs and provided detailed understandable responses, frequently with humor. Our pace was steady as she gently guided us along, ensuring we covered all the important aspects of our tour. Her passion for ancient Roman history, along with her breadth and depth of understanding of this time period were quite impressive.

Uniqueness:

To ensure your prompt arrival, the tour company provides maps and images of the meeting spot. In addition, the tour company present VIP entrances to all attractions, skipping long line of customers to continue the tour without big breaks.

Price Point

Depending on season, currency rates, and availability, this tour starts at $87 per adult.

Highlights:

  • Catacombs of Santa Priscilla
  • Earliest Known Depiction of the Virgin Mary
  • Capuchin Crypt – Decorated with Human Bones
  • Basilica of San Clemente (NOTE - The tour commences in Piazza Barberini and ends at the church of St. Clement.)

Duration

Three hours and 30 minutes

Fun facts from the tour

The Capuchin Friars belong to a Roman Catholic religious order of brothers and priests, inspired by the ideals of St. Francis.

The Catacombs of Priscilla, managed by the Benedictine order of nuns, possess the niche with the oldest image in existence of the Virgin Mary.

In 1857, Father Joseph Mullooly, the then Prior of San Clemente, began excavations under the present basilica, uncovering in the process not only the original, fourth-century basilica directly underneath, but also at a still lower level, the remains of an earlier, first-century building.

Contact

Walks of Italy

U.S. Phone Number: +1-888-683-8670

Email: info@walksofItaly.com

Address: Via santa Maria dell'Anima 48/A 00186 Rome, Italy

http://www.walksofitaly.com/tour_bookings/tour_all_listing/1/34?utm_sour...

Il Convento dei Cappuccini di Via Veneto

Italy Phone Number: 06/88, 803,695

Email: Segreteria@cappucciniviaveneto.it

Address: Via Veneto 27, Rome 00187

http://www.cappucciniviaveneto.it/index.htm

Catacombs of Priscilla

Italy Phone Number: 06-86206272

Address: Via Salaria, 430-00199 Roma

http://www.catacombepriscilla.com/inglese

Basilica San Clemente

Italy Phone Number: +39-06-7740021

Email: Segreteria@basilicasanclemente.com

Address: Via Labicana, 95 Roma 00184 Italia

http://www.basilicasanclemente.com

Tips #1: Visitors will enter churches, requiring respectful dress, not showing shoulders and knees.

Tips #2: These websites do not list gift shops as part of a way to purchase after returning home. Find your treasures when you visit the attractions.

Tips #3: Walks of Italy offers shuttles to drive between the attractions. It's a great way to drive through the streets of Rome without renting a car.

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