Rome Walking Tours
History and Underground Tours

From the catacombs of St. Callixtus to the majestic Baths of Caracalla, Rome "below" vies with Rome "above" in mystery and magnificence. Your Own Italy offers private walking tours of the wonders of Rome's buried treasures that will enlighten and delight you. See the details below and contact us for additional information and customization of your private tour.
Partial view of arched facade of Colosseum at dusk

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel and accompany you on a journey back in time. At the Colosseum, one of the largest structures of the ancient world, Romans once gathered to watch gladiator games, animal contests, and even reenactments of sea battles. A massive stone amphitheater which seated an estimated 60,000 spectators, it was built in only eight years. Your guide will tell you about its design and construction, political purposes, fighters (both willing and unwilling), and eventual demise as an arena. At the Imperial Roman Forum, you will hear about the myths and religions of...

Evening view of the Roman Forum

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel and will take you on a truly fascinating tour where you'll find out how a great empire falls and then reemerges in a different form of the "dark ages": the period between the demise of the Roman Empire and the beginning of the Italian Renaissance. The church of San Clemente is a twelfth century church built on the remains of a fifth century church built on the remains of a Mithraic temple and other Roman structures (perhaps the Roman mint that is reputed to have been located in this area). The layers of buildings are amazingly intact and contain...

Facade of Tempio Maggiore, Jewish Synagogue in Rome

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel and accompany you on a lively tour of Jewish Rome. Ancient Rome, like contemporary New York City, was a sprawling area of diverse people trying to live and do business together. They were Greek, North African, Sicilian . . . and Jewish, many of whom went to Rome to work but ended up settling among their compatriots, building homes, raising families, and becoming vital parts of the Roman community for centuries.Jews have lived in Rome more or less continuously for over two millennia, making Rome’s Jewish community among the oldest in the world. From...

View of trees along the Appian Way in Rome

Your guide and private driver will pick you up at your hotel and accompany you on a tour that will take you back to ancient times. First stop, the medieval basilica of San Clemente. This Catholic church dedicated to Pope Clement I, is built atop a Romanesque church, which was built atop numerous ancient edifices, including a temple to the god Mithras. The past becomes tangible as you walk backwards in time while descending underground layer by historical layer! Your guide and driver will then take you to the nearby Catacombs, a maze of quarries and tunnels, the catacombs are ancient...

Looking up at mosaic tiles in the apse of Basilica San Clemente in Rome

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you a tour where the past becomes tangible as you walk backwards in time while descending underground layer by historical layer! The medieval Basilica of San Clemente, a Catholic church dedicated to Pope Clement I, is built atop a Romanesque church, which was built atop numerous ancient edifices, including a temple to the god Mithras. Afterwards, you'll imagine how the ancient Romans lived while visiting the ancient Roman houses on the Celian Hill. Recently restored and re-opened to the public, the ancient homes offer a glimpse into what life...