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Roma, Italy
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icon3 hours  (approx.)
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Overview

There’s more to Rome’s ruins than the Colosseum! Discover the secret sites and hidden gems of ancient Rome on this 3-hour tour of underground Rome. Explore the evocative ruins of the Stadium of Domitian, the Pantheon and Hadrian’s Temple, and venture off (or under) the beaten track as your guide reveals the last vestiges of the once-mighty Roman Empire. This small-group tour is limited to 13 people, ensuring a personalized experience.
  • 3-hour walking tour of underground Rome
  • Venture beneath the streets of Rome to explore little-known Roman ruins
  • See the Stadium of Domitian, the Pantheon and Hadrian’s Temple
  • Stroll around Piazza Navona and admire the Trevi Fountain
  • Learn more about Rome’s ancient history and empire from a knowledgeable guide
  • Small-group tour limited to 13 people ensures a personalised experience
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Professional and licensed guide
Entrance fees are €15(from 1/1/20 18€)(age 18yo and over). For those under 18yo €10(from 1/1/20 13€)
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Piazza Navona , Piazza Navona, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

Meet your guide on Piazza Navona, between Bernini's Four Rivers Fountain and the Church of St. Agnes. They will be holding a "Mea Tours" sign

10:00 AM
Bottega Veneta Roma Rinascente Menswear , Via del Tritone 61, Via dei Due Macelli, floor, Dept. UOMO, 23/2nd, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

Tour ends at the Rinascente Store

Meet your guide at a centrally located meeting point and set out to begin your explorations of underground Rome. Make a beeline for Piazza Navona, where you’ll uncover the little-known ruins that lie beneath the bustling streets of the busy square. Venture underground to view the impressive ruins of the Stadium of Domitian and learn how it was built by Emperor Titus Flavius around 80AD. Let your guide bring the ruins back to life as you hear about the athletic contests that once took place in the stadium and imagine what life was like in ancient Rome.

Back at street level, stroll over to the Pantheon and pose for photos before the mighty Temple of all the Gods. See Hadrian's Temple and trace the path of the ancient Roman streets that run beneath the now-iconic landmark.

Pause to throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain – said to ensure that you will one day return to Rome – on the way to explore the Vicus Caprarius. Nearby, marvel over a Roman insula, surrounded by the walls of today’s Via di S.Vincenzo and Via del Lavatore. Learn how the area was a swamp in ancient times, before playing a part in the construction of the Virgo aqueduct, which still supplies the water to many of Rome’s fountains, including the Trevi Fountain.

With your imagination stoked and your mind spinning with tales of ancient Rome, bid your guide farewell and end your tour in the Piazza de Trevi.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Piazza Navona
Explore the piazza, built over the site of the Stadium of Domitian
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Stadio di Domiziano - Navona Square Underground
Commissioned by Emperor Titus Flavius Domitianus in around 80 AD, the stadium was primarily used for athletic contests.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Pantheon
stroll over to the Pantheon, temple to all the gods of Rome. Discover the original street level of Ancient Rome at the ruins of Hadrian's Temple. Look below ground to see evidence of streets from centuries gone by.
Pass By:  
Trevi Fountain
throw a coin in the fountain to partake in tradition. Cross Piazza di Trevi to enter the Vicus Caprarius
Stop At:  
Vicus Caprarius – the City of Water
the Vicus Caprarius, which emerged during the renovation of the Trevi Cinema. See a Roman insula, consisting of a 'block' divided into independent units, surrounded by the walls of today’s Via di S.Vincenzo and Via del Lavatore. Learn how, in ancient times, the area was a swamp, before playing a part in the construction of the Virgo aqueduct in the time of Agrippa. The aqueduct still supplies the fountains of Rome’s historic center, including the Trevi Fountain.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Rinascente Roma Tritone
Discover the ruins of the Virgin acquedoct
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A maximum of 13 people per booking
  • The tour is mono-lingual
  • Please note: a minimum number of participant is required for this tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Mea ToursEvents S.r.l.
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Underground Rome: Beneath the Streets Small-Group Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Underground Rome: Beneath the Streets Small-Group Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Underground Rome: Beneath the Streets Small-Group Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Underground Rome: Beneath the Streets Small-Group Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Underground Rome: Beneath the Streets Small-Group Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Underground Rome: Beneath the Streets Small-Group Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Underground Rome: Beneath the Streets Small-Group Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Underground Rome: Beneath the Streets Small-Group Tour.

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  • "The nice thing is you can avoid the heat in the summer and the rain in the winter." See review

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star-1
Tour didn't happen - left disappointed.
Mai_M
, Aug 2022
We were very excited for this tour however, the tour didn't happen. We were waiting at the departure location for over 30 minutes in the heat before we decided to abandon our hopes that the tour guide was running late. It would have been good to have had some warning that the tour was cancelled so we could have planned another activity for our limited time in Rome. We were very disappointed, and were also unable to contact anyone from Viator to assist us.
star-1
Underground tour that never happened !!!
Alison_D
, Jul 2022
This tour never happened. It was hosted (supposed to be ) by Mea tours - nobody turned up. The telephone numbers on the paperwork - 1 was a wrong number and 1 was unavailable (not working). Over £70 this was paid months ago in preparation for this trip. The local tourist office also tried to help us by trying to contact Mea tours and could not get anyone. Very disappointed as if we had been pre warned it was not going to happen for a reason we would have understood. This can reflect badly on Viator - however if this is dealt with appropriately when we return from travelling and claim a refund - that really is as much as Viator can do - we appreciate it is Mea tours who have let us down and they are delivering under the Viator name .
star-1
Disappointed and let down
Karen_W
, Jun 2022
12/6/2022 English speaking trip. We where at the meeting point in time but no one from “Mea Tours” appeared this was very disappointing as we had been looking forward to this trip for months. I will now have the stress of getting a refund not what I was expecting.
star-5
Great tour
Kim_S
, May 2022
Guide was excellent. We could understand her well, she kept the group together and she had a wealth of info. Tour was very interesting and worthwhile.
star-1
Didn’t get to go on the tour
Martin_C
, Apr 2022
The tour guide didn’t turn up, I was very disappointed after paying all this money to be let down and then I am still waiting on a full refund
star-1
Poor service
Paula_R
, Apr 2022
The tour didn't happen. They changed it to a different day, but did not notify me. After calling several times, they said that they would text me the new time. But, it never happened.
star-5
Below the streets
Catherine_C
, Nov 2021
A wonderful and knowledgeable guide made this trip truly come alive and gave an insight to what lies below the famous streets of fashionable Rome.
star-5
Well worth it !
Craig_C
, Oct 2021
Serena was hugely knowledgeable and professional . Her English was perfect, she encouraged us to ask questions and was really good with our daughters’ questions.
star-5
Entreating underground
Phillip_J
, Aug 2021
Fascinating look at the layers an vestiges of ancient Rome. Explored out of the way yet accessible places that would be very hard to find by your self.
star-5
Francesca the unique amazing guide that increased my love for history!
718augustob
, Jan 2020
Francesca has a back ground of College, she knows deeply history and art but what make her quite different is her honesty, the passion she lives for ancients, a passion you can feel it. Walking with her a stone is not any longer a stone is alive, talk to you! Our best ever experience. Thanks Francesca to be like you are!!
star-5
Well Managed Tour
Dennis S
, Jan 2020
Our party enjoyed the tour very much.  Serena was an excellent guide:  very professional, knowledgeable, and pleasant. She expertly led the group of sixteen through the very crowded city all while providing exceptionally clear details of the surroundings. It was truly a well executed tour.
star-5
Very Interesting!
Paul R
, Nov 2019
See Rome from a completely different perspective - Great tour and great guide! The nice thing is you can avoid the heat in the summer and the rain in the winter.
star-3
underwhelmed by underground Rome
Kevin C
, Aug 2019
Our guide did a great job of trying to make the tour interesting - with little raw material! We spent more time above ground than below and the under ground locations were a bit ho-hum. Rome has more to offer than this! Overall, this tour was a disappointment
star-5
A Great View of Underground (and Above Ground) Rome
Mikaeel_V
, Jun 2019
It was an enjoyable tour to see both above and below Rome. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and did her best to make it engaging for the group. We highly recommend. In fact, we got separated from the group in front of the Pantheon as there were swarms of people...however, upon calling the main help desk of the tour company, the tour lady was contacted and she was able to put aside the group and, fortunately enough, find us at the designated spot — and seamlessly continued the tour as if nothing happened. We are grateful for their kindness and ensuring we were able to still enjoy the tour despite the hiccup in being separated from the group.
star-5
Spectacular Tour
Wayne_T
, Jun 2019
This tour gives you access to amazing underground archaeological sites that are not visited by the general public. Flavio was my tour guide and he was very knowledgeable and eager to answer questions. We went to Piazza Navona (underground), the Pantheon and Trevi (underground). I highly recommend this tour and Flavio.
star-5
The amazing underground of Rome
rino_f
, Oct 2018
Excellent tour of underground Rome. We enjoyed a private tour with a guide. Our guide Louisa was extremely knowledgeable and made the three hour tour very enjoyable. We saw various locations of ruins under the streets of Rome and learned much about the history of the ancient Romans. I highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Excellent tour!
Ronald_S
, Jul 2018
This tour was very enjoyable and I would recommend to anyone. It was a nice combination of above and below ground sites, (mostly above) and our guide was extremely knowledgeable and very accommodating for everyone with questions and other special requests. The audio system used was better than some of the others we have used on our trip and made it very easy to understand Alex's running commentary on all the sites.
star-2
It could have been more interesting...
Martha K
, Apr 2018
It could have been more interesting in half the time. The guide repeated the same information and didn't seem knowledgeable.
star-5
Amazing via - Rosella was our guide...
Kennedy_C
, Feb 2018
Amazing via - Rosella was our guide with MEA and she was so smart and eloquent. Learned a ton on the trip and it was an easy pace walking wise.
star-3
This tour is advertised as...
Tracy C
, Dec 2017
This tour is advertised as underground Rome but we spent most of our time above ground - so thats a bit misleading. The guide was very knowledgeable but it was A LOT of the guide talking and not enough time for us to take pics and look at the many wonderful sights.

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