Meet your guide at the Circus Maximus metro stop in the morning, and begin your underground journey with a visit to the Capuchin Crypt — a powerfully macabre meditation on life and death maintained by Franciscan monks for more than 500 years. Wander through vaulted chambers filled with the skeletal remains of countless friars, arranged over the centuries into incredible displays of wall and ceiling art.
Continue on to the medieval Basilica of St. Clement, built atop thousands of years of spiritual history. Venture beneath the church to the remains of a 4th-century Romanesque basilica, in turn built atop a 1st-century temple to the pagan deity Mithras. This unique layered archaeology allows you to view the physical evolution of Christianity, from its earliest clandestine formation.
Make a final descent beneath the city streets into the Domitilla catacombs—- Rome’s oldest and best preserved catacombs, and the only labyrinth to still contain human remains. Learn about the history of this extensive network of tunnels and burial chambers, abandoned during the Middle Ages and only recently rediscovered in the 16th century. Feel the weight of history as you admire 2nd-century frescoes and step into a captivating underground basilica, before saying farewell to you guide back in the daylight.