Rome Underground Archaeology Tour with Vicus Caprarius

Dig below Rome’s surface, literally and figuratively, with a leading archeology expert
From US$423 privately
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Tour Details
3 hours
Product Type
  • Vicus Caprarius
  • Rinascente Tritone
  • San Silvestro in Capite
  • Stadium of Domitian
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  • Join an engaging, local expert at the top of their field such as you explore the subterranean depths of Rome
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Tour Description
Delve into Rome's captivating depths and uncover its hidden treasures on this extraordinary tour led by an expert archaeologist. Together with your guide, you'll embark on a subterranean odyssey through sewers, crypts, and buried temples, piecing together an enthralling narrative of urban layering and the enduring legacy of the ancient Roman world.

Begin your journey with a descent into the Vicus Caprarius, a newly excavated site that unveils the remnants of Roman apartments nestled beneath a modern cinema near the iconic Trevi Fountain; a poignant reminder of the city's rich and enduring history. You'll learn about the challenges and rewards of urban archaeology and gain a deeper appreciation for the meticulous work that brings the past to light.Your tour also includes a stop at the chic Rinascente department store where within its basement lies the Aqua Virgo aqueduct, a remarkable feat of engineering inaugurated by Augustus in 19 BC. Marvel at the ingenuity of the ancient Romans as you trace the path of this vital water source.

Your guide will accompany you to the Basilica of San Silvestro in Capite; as you enter its courtyard, you'll be greeted by a mesmerizing array of archaeological remains, hinting at the rich history that lies beneath your feet. You will then venture into the subterranean world of vibrant Piazza Navona. As you descend into its underground levels, you'll encounter the Stadium of Domitian, once a grand arena that hosted gladiatorial contests and chariot races where you'll feel the echoes of the past and visualize the electrifying atmosphere that once filled this ancient venue.

Throughout this captivating tour, you'll discover how Rome's ancient structures have been preserved and integrated into the contemporary urban fabric, creating a captivating tapestry of history and modernity.
  • You're a history lover looking to explore ancient ruins and historical landmarks
  • You crave an elevated experience with a guide who has advanced academic knowledge
  • You want to enrich your remaining stay in the Eternal City
  • Vicus Caprarius – excavated underground space showing ancient Roman apartments situated near the Trevi Fountain.
  • Rinascente Tritone – modern department store housing the ancient Aqua Virgo aqueduct in its basement.
  • San Silvestro in Capite – eigth-century Catholic church displaying a courtyard full of archaeological remains.
  • Stadium of Domitain – ancient Roman stadium situated underground Piazza Navona.
  • Includes tickets to Vicus Caprarius and Stadium of Domitian.
  • Upon receiving your order, our team will secure a guide. Once the venue tickets are released, we will purchase them. Our team will be in touch with alternative options if we cannot secure tickets for the date and time you requested. 
  • Check out our upcoming online lectures which transport you back to Ancient Rome, accompanied by a leading Context Expert. 
  • Check out Cities of the Underworld on the History Channel; many of the guides who lead this walk were featured on this program.
Wheelchair accessibility
  • This tour may be accessible for clients with limited mobility. Vicus Caprarius, Rinascente Tritone and San Silvestro in Capite are wheelchair-accessible. Stadium of Domitian is not currently accessible as there are no ramps or elevators at the site and the terrain is uneven and difficult to navigate.
Service Dogs
  • Service dogs are allowed if you have a medical certificate proving the need. 
  • For more information about Context tours, please visit our FAQs.
Is this walk suitable for clients who are claustrophobic?
You do spend much of the tour underground, although you won't visit any site that is particularly narrow or small.
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Paolo is an exceptionally qualified guide. He’s a working archeologist and a university professor. His knowledge of Roman history is impressive. He is a great guide.
Great locations and Dimo was so knowledgeable, entertaining, and welcoming! Would definitely tour with him again!
Paolo was an exceptional guide, truly the best we have encountered. His vast knowledge base and personable, engaging style kept us all — including our middle-school children — riveted through the 3-hour tour. His passion for his field was infectious and we loved hearing real life examples from his field work as an archaeologist. Thank you Paolo for an outstanding experience.