Rome underground basilicas & Foro Boario walking tour
- 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 Portunos and Temple of Hercules
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 the history of the two temples that brought 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 Portunos.
Cross the Palatino Bridge to see the Ponte Rotto (Broken Bridge), commissioned by Marco Emilio Lepido in 179 B.C. Some traces indicate that the bridge was already partly built before 241 B.C. 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 neighbourhood to the church of St Crisogono, dedicated to the martyr Saint Chrysogonus. See the 8th-century frescoes discovered in the excavations of an earlier church, probably dating back to the reign of Constantine I.
- Licensed yout guide
- Groups of maximum 15 people
- Entrance fees to the basilica crypts
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off
- Food & drinks
Meet your guide by the Ponte Palatino (Palatino Bridge) on the Foro Boario side. They will be holding a "Mea Tours" sign
Entrance fees to both crypts are not included. Entrance fees are EUR 7 per person, including headsets and admission. This can be paid direct to your guide prior to the tour departure.
As you are entering a sacred place, it is important that you dress appropriately and have your knees and shoulders covered, no tank tops is permitted inside the Basilica. Failure to do so may lead to denied entry in the basilica.
Tours in English and German start at 2.30pm Tours in French start at 3.00pm