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St. Nicholas Basilica in Carcere (Basilica San Nicola) Tours

St. Nicholas Basilica in Carcere (Basilica San Nicola)
The Basilica di San Nicola in Carcere is a church in Rome with an interesting history. It was built on top of three ancient temples, and pieces of these temples were incorporated into the facade of the current church. There are columns and other sections from the Temple of Spes dating back to 250 B.C., a temple that honored Juno from the 2nd century B.C. and rebuilt in 90 B.C., and the Temple of Janus, the god of gates and beginnings, dating to 17 A.D. Unlike most churches in Rome that took columns from other ruins around the city and moved them, the columns in this church still stand in their original location.

Since the ground level was much lower 2,000 years ago, some of the ruins of these temples are now underground. Visitors can take a tour beneath the church to see these ruins, which are older than many other ruins in the city. These ruins are Republican era, making them roughly 500 years older than the imperial era ruins in other parts of Rome.

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Basilica di San Nicola in Carcere is located at Via del Teatro di Marcello 46.
Address: Via del Teatro di Marcello, 46, Rome, Italy
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Crypts, ancient aqueducts and skeletons

Crypts, ancient aqueducts and skeletons

An experience to learn about the true essence of Rome's underground areas. We will visit: The Capuchin Crypt A cemetery literally built from bones! The rooms are decorated with the remains of about 4,000 friars. The message at the end of the crypt reads: "What we were, you are now. What we are now, you will be." The Virgin aqueduct In Rome, as many as 11 aqueducts arrived, an enormous quantity that was equaled only in modern times. We will take you to the basement of a shopping center to visit the ancient aqueduct and then we'll see where the water comes out, in the famous Trevi fountain. The basement of the Basilica of San Nicola in prison A secret place that few know. This delightful church was built in the 10th century on three temples dating back to the 1st century BC Most of the original temples, including their marble columns, have been incorporated into the structure of the current basilica, but are still visible.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$93.92
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$93.92

Small Group Tour - Skip the line: Secrets Rome, off the Beaten track!

Small Group Tour - Skip the line: Secrets Rome, off the Beaten track!

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See a side to Rome that most visitors miss on this small-group tour. Go off-the-beaten track and underground through ruins and columns. Visit a 2,000-year-old market and cross an island by Rome's oldest bridge. Finish at the little-known church of San Crisogono, over a huge underground house, where archaeologists found a large frescoed wall.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$111.09
Price varies by group size
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$111.09
Price varies by group size
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 Premium Rome Walking Tour: from Colosseum to the Orange Gardens

Premium Rome Walking Tour: from Colosseum to the Orange Gardens

A Rome Private Walking Tour is the best way to appreciate the beauty of the city centre: Ancient Rome remains, romantic fountains, splendid churches and famous Squares, whose images never stop going round the world. You will discover not only the Imperial Rome but also the area of the first Roman settlement, dating back to 3rd Century BC. In this period Rome was a focal European trade area with an important port and money exchange offices! Along the way, you will find out the Colosseum, Circus Maximus, Orange and many other sites still. Explore the Eternal City by walking with us!
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  • 3 hours
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$214.67
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$214.67
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Private Tour - Skip the line: Secrets Rome, off the Beaten track!

Private Tour - Skip the line: Secrets Rome, off the Beaten track!

See some of Rome's off-the-beaten-path attractions on a walking tour of underground locations and historical remnants of different eras of the city. You'll visit a 2,000-year-old market, cross Rome's oldest bridge, walk through ruins, and go beneath a church. This tour offers you a way to explore more of Rome away from the top landmarks for another perspective of the ancient city.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$207.54
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$207.54
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The undergrounds of Trastevere

The undergrounds of Trastevere

The name of the neighborhood "Trastevere" literally means "Beyond the Tiber". In ancient times Jews and Liberti lived here (the slaves who had bought their freedom). Trastevere is one of the most beautiful and ancient quarters of the city, rich in history, legends and underground sites. We will begin our journey to discover the curiosities of Trastevere, such as the oldest synagogue in Rome. We will visit undergrounds of extraordinary and unusual churches and walk in the small ancient alleys. We will then cross the Tiber River to the Tiber Island where, believe it or not, an order of monks still maintains, under their monastery, an ancient underground cemetery, where we will see the preserved remains of many tens of skeletons (If this site is unavailable , we will visit the underground of San Nicola). During the experience we will have the pleasure of tasting some peculiarities of Roman food.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$120.75
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$120.75

A tour under Rome and its most famous monuments

A tour under Rome and its most famous monuments

Because in this tour we retrace the traces of the pluri-millennial history of Rome through its stratifications
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  • 3 to 5 hours
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$48.30
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Secrets of Rome, off the Beaten track! Small group Tour

Secrets of Rome, off the Beaten track! Small group Tour

Half day tour exclusive walk downtown Rome In this tour you will walk three times underground, through ruins and columns, you will enter a 2000 years old market and cross an island by the oldest bridge of Rome: it will be great fun for the whole family and children! Important notice: This tour is intended as a walk which enters underground areas and places of worship: Should anyone feel uncomfortable in underground spaces, the guide can deal with it; those people will comfortably sit in the top church, while the rest of the group will visit the underground. It is advisable to wear confortable shoes such as sport trainers and to respect the churches dress code: trousers should touch the knee and shoulders should be covered; tourists may consider bringing a scarf to wear at necessity.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$111.09
Price varies by group size
From
$111.09
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Secrets of Rome, off the Beaten track! PrivateTour

Secrets of Rome, off the Beaten track! PrivateTour

Half day tour exclusive walk downtown Rome In this tour you will walk three times underground, through ruins and columns, you will enter a 2000 years old market and cross an island by the oldest bridge of Rome: it will be great fun for the whole family and children! Important notice: This tour is intended as a walk which enters underground areas and places of worship: Should anyone feel uncomfortable in underground spaces, the guide can deal with it; those people will comfortably sit in the top church, while the rest of the group will visit the underground. It is advisable to wear confortable shoes such as sport trainers and to respect the churches dress code: trousers should touch the knee and shoulders should be covered; tourists may consider bringing a scarf to wear at necessity.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$212.58
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From
$212.58
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

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