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Hidden Catacombs Visit (with Ancient Roman Lunch)

Discover the hidden underground beneath a Basilica and end the day with a full Roman luncheon.

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Step back in time and come in direct contact with history through Rome’s hidden underground! First though, get to know your local guide over a coffee and cornetto (croissant). After you’ve fueled up, you’ll head to a beautiful Basilica hiding underground history that dates back to the earliest Christians. While most tourists stand in long lines in the sun to visit the most famous catacombs, this site is a local secret in an area just outside the city center. The entrance is inside a church and for this reason they are less crowded, offering a truly immersive and intimate experience. You’ll descend below the majestic Basilica to reach the catacombs, two thousand years old and dug into the soft “tufa” stone by the very first Christians. Listen with wonder as your guide shares the incredible history and points out fascinating details.

To top off this unique experience, you’ll continue your journey back to ancient times, but this time through food! You’ll be invited into a private home for an authentic ‘Roman Prandium’–a typical lunch from 2000 years ago based on the ancient Roman recipes of Apicius. When else will you have the chance to taste history with spiced wine, dried pork, handmade bread, cheeses, lentils, soups, and more? A truly unique way to experience the history of Rome, that will leave you with new friends and a full belly!

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Central Italy


3.5 Hours

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  • Get to know your guide over a coffee and croissant.

  • Explore and learn about the underground history of the catacombs.

  • Experience a lunch based on recipes of ancient Rome!


  • Entrance and visit in the catacombs and the basilica with English-speaking guide

  • Homemade lunch based on recipes from ancient Rome


  • Transportation to/from meeting point

  • Optional tips for your guide

  • Anything not mentioned in "Included"

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