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  4. Trastevere

Underground Basilicas & Foro Boario Private Walking Tour

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Discover some secret sights of Rome on an exclusive 3-hour walking tour inside the city’s underground passages. Explore the churches of San Crisogono and St. Cecilia in Trastevere, learn about the former cattle forum of Foro Boario, and more.
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Duration: 3 hours
Starting time 3:30 PM
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  • Discover 2 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
  • Walk alongside the ancient Ponte Rotto
  • Go to the site of the Temple of Portuno and Temple of Ercole
  • See the tomb and crypt of Saint Cecilia
  • Visit the church of St. Crisogono, dedicated to the martyr Saint Chrysogonus
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Discover a secret world beneath the streets of Rome on an underground tour of 2 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 2 temples that gave the site great importance in the Roman Republic. Hear about the round Temple of Ercole (Temple of Hercules) and the Ionic-style Temple of Portunos.

Cross Palatino Bridge to see the Ponte Rotto (Broken Bridge), commissioned by Marco Emilio Lepido in 179 AC. Some traces indicate that the bridge was already partly built by 241 AC. Continue to Tiber Island and the church of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere. According to legend, the church was built on top of the home of St. Cecilia, a noble vergile 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 district 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, thought to date back to the reign of Constantine I.
  • Licensed guide
  • Headsets
  • Entrance fees
What’s Not Included
  • Pick-up and drop off
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet your guide by the Ponte Palatino (Palatino Bridge) on the Foro Boario side. They will be holding a sign with the local partner's name on it.

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What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• Please dress appropriately to enter sacred sites. Shoulders and knees must be covered. Failure to do so may lead to you being denied entry to the basilicas

From £280.18 Per group up to 2

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Product ID: 50945