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GUIDED TOURS to hypogea and archeological sites of a special interest in Rome

(saturday, March 14th - The program is being updated according to the access permits)

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MITREO DEL CIRCO MASSIMO (Velabro): Just a stonethrow away from the world famous “Mouth of Truth (“Bocca della verità”), in the undergrounds of an old building, one of the few - and one of the best preserved! -temples of Mithra still visible in town. Built in the III century A.D. inside a pre-existing structure related to the adjoining Circus Maximus, it consists of  five rooms and contains an amazing marble bas-relief with Mithra killing the bull.

 

SOTTERRANEI DI S. SABINA (Aventino): The magnificent Church of St. Sabina lies on top of the Aventine hill, overlooking the Tiber river and the Tiberine Island. The undergrounds host the remains of rich aristocratic houses and  temples, as well as one of the first places where the early Christians gathered together, in the house of a roman matron: Sabina.

We will also be able to see a portion of the ancient republican city walls.

 

CAVE DEL CLAUDIUM (Celio): A real medieval tuff quarry in the heart of Rome, a few meters from the Colosseum. Crossing a gate and proceeding inside a monastery closed to the public, we will have the chance to admire the massive structures of the Temple of Claudium. Passing under the temple arches and descending a  metal staircase, we will enter another dimension, with water dripping from the vaults and galleries dug in the heart of the Caelian hill. The little crystal-clear ponds are the final bonus to this visit.

N.B. For this visit, torch and helmet are required


SOTTERRANEI DI S. CRISOGONO (Trastevere): Entering a church along the busy Viale Trastevere and opening a tiny door in the sacristy, we will have to descend along a winding staircase in order to reach the archaeological remains six meters below. Here the structures have been modified and reused for centuries. This is one of the first places where the early christians gathered, reusing for their rituals the spaces of two, maybe three, houses dating back to the II and III century A.D.

 

INSULAE DI SAN PAOLO ALLA REGOLA (Trastevere): Inside a residential building in Trastevere we will have the opportunity of going eight meters underground, travelling back in time through four different levels,  in a very complex stratification of buildings of different periods. Some of the rooms belong to a big warehouse built by  Emperor Domitian (Horrea Vespasiani) to stock food to be distributed freely to the citizens of Rome. On a higher level, windows and a court yard belong to an insula that hosted poor people. Some clay pipe and the decorations induce to suppose the presence of an ancienty laundry (fullonica).

 

It's obviously impossible to visit them all in few days. But if you'll decide ti spend sonme more days in Rome before and/or after the congress here we'll find some informations for visits in Rome (places not part of the tours organized during the congress) and surronding. 

 

CLICK HERE FOR A QUICK "ROME UNDERGROUNDS GUIDEBOOK"

 CONTENTS: Carcer Tullianum / The Roman houses under the Basilica of Ss. Giovanni e Paolo / Domus Palazzo Valentini / Mitreo Circus Maximus / The underground at S. Crisogono / The underground and the Church of Santa Sabina / Tomb of Scipios / Titulus equitium Colle Oppio / City of water Vicus caprarius

 

CONFERENCE TOURS (March, 15th, 16th and 17th):

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March, 15th: THE ALBAN HILLS. THE HYPOGEA AND THE GRAND TOUR PLACES. DISCOVERING THE ALBAN HILLS AND THEIR ARTIFICIAL CAVITIES

  • The Alban Hills
  • The Alban Drain Outlets
  • The Albano Drain (Castel Gandolfo) the Nemi Drain
  • The Nimphaeum Dorico (Castel Gandolfo)
  • The Nimphaeum Brigantino or of Diana (Castel Gandolfo)
  • The Catacomb of San Senatore (Albano)

Click here to download the Program of the Guided Tour "Hypogea of the Alban Hills" (pdf)

March, 16th: GALLICANO AND TIVOLI: ROMAN AQUEDUCTS AND BRIDGES ITINERARY


Click here to download the Program of the Guided Tour "Gallicano and Tivoli" (pdf)


March, 17th: NARNI UNDERGROUND, THE CELLS OF THE INQUISITION AND THE AQUEDUCT "FORMINA"

  • The Formina Acqueduct
  • The Underground of the Church of S. Domenico: the Inquisition Cells
  • The Roman and Medieval Cisterns

Click here to download the Program of the Guided Tour "Narni Underground" (pdf)

 

UNDERGROUNDS OF ITALY:

In our country many underground sites-hystorical, archeological, minig, have been opened to the public during the last years.


CLICK HERE FOR THE LIST OF THE UNDERGROUNDS OF ITALY