Rome is a fascinating city, there are layers and layers of history to see. It’s so interesting the way that subsequent inhabitants built their churches and buildings on top of previous civilizations buildings.
I took the Underground Rome for Kids Tour. Underground Rome is a must take tour when you visit. This tour takes you through different churches in Rome where you can see the layers three deep in some cases of buildings built upon buildings. This is an incredible family friendly tour, the kids loved seeing the different layers of Rome and how you could go deep underground churches to see what was there. As with other family tours with Context Travel, your guide will meet you at a designated spot and spend some time talking to you about what you are getting ready to see. Our guide had a great map to help the kids visualize what they were getting ready to walk into. The first stop on the tour is Church San Clamente, this Medieval church is built upon a 1st Century Roman building. The excavation of this church is thanks to one of the monks who, through his reading, knew that they church had to be built on an ancient structure and began to excavate the church in secret. Upon entering the church, women will be expected to cover their shoulders (keep a scarf in your purse the whole time you’re in Rome, it’s really about one of the best tips I have for you!), once you get your tickets you descend to the first level, you are in another church that existed before the current church, descend further and you are in an ancient Roman temple and house.
Kids will love seeing how far down this church goes and all of the nooks that they can see into once they hit the bottom level. This tour is also a great way to beat the heat! The underground cool is a welcome break to the summer heat in Rome. The next stop on the tour is a short walk away at SS. Giovanni e Paolo Church, this church is built upon what is believed to be a middle class Roman housing development. On this part of the tour you will see amazing ruins of former apartments, artifacts ranging from dishes to wall paintings.
We enjoyed this tour tremendously, it takes you off the beaten path where you will see Rome in a way you could never experience on your own. As with all of the family tours with Context Travel, our docent was one who has worked with families and clearly has a passion for bringing Rome to life for kids. Rome is a lot of walking and a lot of ruins, taking a tour like this helps bring things to life for kids and helps to ignite a better understanding of what life was like thousands of years ago.
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