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Italy Underground

Ready for something different for your next trip in Italy? Venture underground in other parts of the city and you’ll discover Roman houses, temples, sewers and rivers - some of the city’s best-kept secrets.

Italy Underground

Italy is more than meets the eye in a variety of ways. Its beauty is rooted in millenia of history, its culture in successive waves of empires and invaders, its cuisine a complex tapestry of heirloom and exotic. But if you want to dig beneath the surface to see the hidden side of Italy in the simplest sense, it's enough to head underground.

Lying underneath many of Italy's cities is a vast warren of underground masterpieces, from crypts and catacombs to Etruscan burial grounds and Roman ruins. While most travellers to Italy limit themselves to the country's sights above ground, sometimes the most fascinating side of the Bel Paese is what lies below.

Here are some of the most interesting "buried treasures" hidden underground in Italy:

Catacombs of Priscilla

The Catacombs of Priscilla on the Via Salaria in Rome, are situated in a quarry that during Roman time was used for burials.
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Catacombs of San Callisto

The Catacombs of San Callisto are one of the greatest and most important in Rome.
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Catacomb of Saints Peter and Marcellinus

For a long time In the catacombs of Saints Peter and Marcellino, have been preserved the bodies of the two martyrs, killed in 304 AD by Emperor Diocleziano near a place known as the Black Forest (Selva Nera), after their death renamed Selva Candida.
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Insula of Vicus Caprarius

Insula of Vicus Caprarius The insula of Vicus Caprarius, is a Roman insula discovered a stone’s throw from the famous Trevi Fountain. The...
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Underground Naples

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Forty meters deep under the shouting and characteristics streets of the historical center of Naples, there is a world apart, unexplored for a long time, yet isolated in his connection with the ancient city.
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Domitian’s Stadium

Grand re-opening of one of the most important underground site of Rome: The Domitian Stadium in Navona Square, first and unique sample of stonework stadium.
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Crypta Balbi

The museum is part of a vast complex of buildings and which is, in its turn, in the the colonnaded courtyard, adjoining the theater of Balbus,...
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Tomb of the Scipios

Discovered in 1614, the tomb became a regular destination for scholars and visitors. At the beginning of the third century BC the founder of the...
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San Paolo alla Regola

The restoration of a seventeenth-century building of municipal property, has helped to bring to light structures of the imperial age. They will...
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Mausoleum of Lucilius Peto

The Mausoleum of Lucilius Peto was discovered in 1887, about 6 meters below the modern altitude, during the work for the accommodation of the...
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Hypogeum of Via Livenza

In 1923 the excavations for the construction of a building of Via Po and Via Livenza led to the discovery of an underground building but...
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Insula of the Ara Coeli

The Insula of the Ara Coeli is a building that dates back to the second century AD, it’s one of the several buildings discovered at the...
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Nymphaeum of Annibaldis

Discovered in 1895 during the developmental work on the homonymous street, the Nymphaeum is reachable by a small door in the wall of via degli Annibaldi, behind the Colosseum.
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Mithraeum of Circus Maximus

The Mithraeum was discovered in the'30s of the last century, during the works on the creation of the deposit for the scenes of the National Theatre of the Opera.
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Columbarium Pomponius Hylas

Discovered in 1831 by Pietro Campana, the Columbarium of Pomponius Hylas is a Roman columbarium of the first century, completely intact, located...
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Auditorium of Mecenate

The Auditorium of Mecenate is located in the park of Largo Leopardi (along via Merulana) and currently well maintained as a whole; its discovery was made in 1874, during the excavation work for the construction the Esquilino area.
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