Guided tour of underground Rome

Entrance to the hidden treasures of the historic center

The Trevi Fountain and the Basilica of San Lorenzo in Lucina

2 hours
Proprietà: Private
Pets not allowed

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.

What we will visit

  • Visit the historic center in a unique way
  • Immerse yourself in the stories about the origins of the Basilica of San Lorenzo
  • Discover the hidden world beneath the Trevi Fountain

Itinerary

 

1
10:30 - 11:30

Visit the Basilica of San Lorenzo in Lucina

  • Meet with the guide in the historic center and start of the tour.
  • Visit 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.

  • Underground tour of the Basilica

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.

2
11:30 - 12:30

Visit the underground of the Trevi Fountain

We will then move to the Trevi Fountain to continue the tour.

  • Entrance to the undergrounds called Vicus Caprarius or City of Water

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.

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Included/not included

The excursion includes:

  • professional guide
  • entrance to the Basilica of San Lorenzo in Lucina
  • entrance to the underground of the Trevi fountain

Cancellation policy

  • The excursion can be canceled free of charge up to 72 hours before departure

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