Private Tour of the Roman Catacombs and San Clemente Basilica

3 h
Walking Tours
difficulty Very easy
Wheelchair Accesible
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Private Tour of the Roman Catacombs and San Clemente Basilica

Rome does not idly hold its title of 'The Eternal City'. Indeed, layer upon layer of modern Rome is quite literally built upon the past. Now is your opportunity to take a guided tour into the depths of history, and unearth some of the most ancient and hidden secrets Rome has to offer.

Guided tour through the Catacombs; one of the most mysterious and enigmatic locations in all of Rome
Discover the secret burial places, symbols, and holy ground of the first Christians in Rome
Lose yourself in the magical and mysterious atmosphere of the tour without worry – our certified professional guides will keep you safe and on track
Three highlights of Ancient Rome in one tour – the Catacombs, the Basilica of San Clemente, and the Temple of Mithras
Penetrate the inner depths of Ancient Rome and seek out places few others dare to tread

Rome is built on thousands of years of history. Now you can explore some of the most awe-inspiring and mysterious parts of that history all together on one tour, aided by a licensed and qualified guide.

A private tour to visit the catacombs of Priscilla 

Wind your way through the twisting tunnels of the Catacombs of Priscilla while you learn about the history and struggles of the first Christians in Rome, all those years ago. See where their martyrs are buried, and examine the ancient symbols carved into the living stone.

Visit the Basilica of San Clemente and discover its impressive architecture

Proceed onward from the catacombs into the Basilica of San Clemente, constructed in the 12th century. As with everything else in Rome, it too was built on top of something older, and your guide will obtain exclusive access for you to proceed downward into the ruins of the 4th century basilica the current structure was constructed on top of.

Explore an authentic Temple of Mithras, hidden in an ancient Roman house

Pressing deeper still, you will eventually exit the basilica into none other than a 1st century Roman House, still remarkably well preserved after nearly 2,000 years. Best of all? The house features a perfectly preserved Mithraic temple – one of the last genuine pagan altars still preserved anywhere.
So if you are interested in exploring some of Rome's most hidden and ancient secrets join us for this tour of the Catacombs of Priscilla, the Basilica of San Clemente, and an ancient Mithraic temple; you'll never forget the incredible sights you will see.

More out-of-the-ordinary Tours in Rome!

If you already know Rome and you are looking for a private tour out of the ordinary touristic routes, take a look at our Jewish Ghetto Tour, to explore one of the most enchanting areas of Rome, at our Borghese Gallery Tour, to visit a museum full of masterpieces of the art history, or at our Ancient Ostia Tour, to escape the chaos of the city with the visit of this famous archeological site off the Roman coast.

  • Catacombs of Priscilla
  • Basilica of San Clemente
  • Private tourist guide
  • Ticket for Catacombs of Priscilla
  • Ticket for Basilica of San Clemente
  • Transportation
  • Food & water
  • Tips (optional)


Meeting point: 

Meeting point information and local telephone numbers at your destination are included on your Confirmation Voucher.


No photos allowed in the Catacombs.
We recommend wearing suitable clothing at the entrance to the church.
We recommend you to book transportation services and driver with us at ItalyXP.
Otherwise, we suggest you to take a taxi with your guide to optimize your eXPerience!

Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability. Once your booking is confirmed we will email you a voucher. This is your ticket and proof of purchase.

Reviews of Private Tour of the Roman Catacombs and ...

Reviewed by Beverly B from Stati Uniti

Off the beaten track in Rome

My husband and I visited Rome for one day (off a cruise ship), and wanted to spend the day visiting sites other than the usual, as we had been to Rome on other occasions. We contacted Katie, having used her once before and found her to be wonderful. She lived up to our high expectations, and took us to visit several sites, some of which we had never heard of, and was able through her extensive knowledge, and wonderful "storytelling" skills to make them come alive for us. It was truly wonderful - we learned a great deal, had a wonderful Roman lunch, never saw a crowd the whole day, and came away with a renewed enthusiasm for Rome!
Reviewed by Chris U from Stati Uniti

Francesco is by far the BEST TOUR GUIDE IN ROME!!!!!

After we went on a tour of the catacombs with tour guide Francesco he went with us back to where we were staying and recommended several amazing places to eat and drink. We told him that we are into food and good wine and he then took us to a local store where we could get a bottle of wine and some cheese and bread to take to the terrace of our hotel. We didn't even know we had a terrace which had a whole view of the city until Francesco told us about it. We had so much fun and learned so much that day by just spending a couple hours with him that we booked him for a tour of the Colosseum. He showed up right on time again and began to take us on what I considered my favorite tour of Rome. It wasn't just the Colosseum, it was literally information on every fountain, every plant, every person, and so much history. It was above and beyond what we expected, Francesco was awesome. He was such a nice guy and also a surfer! Being from Southern California my wife and I felt like we had made an instant friend. Francesco has a place at our house if he ever decides to come visit and check out the surf in So Cal! Bravo and grazie mille!
Reviewed by Audbod18 from

Made the whole experience meaningful and worthwhile

Rome is so complex, these guys really bring it to life and pitched it perfectly for the adults and kids in our small group. We did a 3 hour tour with Nicole on our first day, of the Coloseum and Forum and hills, and we enjoyed it so much we asked her to take us around the Vatican and St Peters two days later. She was delightful, Italian with near perfect English, high energy, engaging and so knowledgable. She was also amazing at weaving through the crowds - we had no dead time. Through the same company we also did a tour of the Catacombs and St Clementine, this time with Katie - an American living in Rome, who was also extremely well informed and great with our preteen kids who said it was "absolutely amazing". It was a complete indulgence to have our own private tour, but worth every cent!