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Underground Rome

Family Guide
Altar of Mithras below San Clemente church
Over the past 3,000 years, layers of rubble from buildings destroyed by floods, fires, earthquakes and enemy troops, interspersed with everyday household waste, have buried much of ancient Rome. Excavations – as well as tunnelling for the metro – have helped rediscover many sights that were long lost. Delve into catacombs, find a temple buried under San Clemente, and look out for occasional tours and special openings of Rome’s secret underground sites.

Going underground

In 2005, builders working in the basement of Palazzo Valentini on Piazza Venezia discovered ...

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