The center of Rome never ceases to amaze and gives us ancient testimonies both on the surface and below. Guided visit to the undergrounds of the Trevi Fountain and the Basilica of San Lorenzo in Lucina.
Built in the 4th century, it takes the name “in Lucina” because according to tradition it was built on the residence of a Roman matron of the same name.
A hypothesis currently most accredited by scholars is that of the previous presence of a pre-Christian temple dedicated to the goddess Juno Lucina and which was subsequently used as a Christian cult.
Juno Lucina was the goddess “of childbirth” and, according to tradition, the women of ancient Rome used to take miraculous water from the well of the temple to heal themselves and have children. The tradition would be confirmed by the discovery of a well with white marble steps, wonderful mosaic and frescoed walls.
Thanks to the latest excavations it is possible to admire in addition to the housing structures with mosaic floors dating back to the second century AD. also structures and works related to the first paleochristian basilica and a splendid 12th century Cosmatesque floor.
In this level there is a circular baptismal basin with a diameter of 4 meters covered with marble slabs, and a smaller rectangular basin perhaps used for the baptism of children or for the rite of the washing of feet.
We will then move to the Trevi Fountain to continue the tour.
Located seven meters below street level, it is a real neighborhood with “insula e tabernae”, a public building, dating back to the years of the Neronian fire in Rome, and a cistern of the Virgin Aqueduct which still feeds the Trevi Fountain.
Inside the new headquarters of the famous “La Rinascente” shopping chain, 15 arches and other remains of residential buildings that came to light during the renovation of the building in 2017 can be admired.
End of the tour.
The excursion includes: