Rome: 2-Hour Tiber Island & San Nicola in Carcere Tour

Rome: 2-Hour Tiber Island & San Nicola in Carcere Tour

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2 hours
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Spanish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian

Pick-up service

Pick-up can be arranged from hotels located in the historic center. One-way shared transfers only.

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What You'll Do
  • Explore Rome's exciting ancient ruins with an archaeologically-literate guide
  • Learn about the history and myths of the Tiber Island
  • Visit the site of the earliest Roman marketplace ever discovered
  • Uncover the hidden sights of the city and the secrets of San Nicola in Carcere
Discover the fascinating legends of the atmospheric Tiber Island on a 2-hour tour that continues underground from the magnificent San Nicola in Carcere, revealing the once-open paths leading to and from Ancient Rome's popular marketplaces.
What to Expect
Visit Ancient Rome's notorious Tiber Island, linked to the rest of the city by 2 bridges since antiquity, yet avoided because of the negative stories connected with it.

Legend has it that after the downfall of Tarquinius Superbus in 510 BC, angry citizens tossed the hated tyrant's corpse into the Tiber where it settled, attracting the dirt and silt that accumulated around it to form the island. Only the worst of criminals and the contagiously ill were condemned there. This changed following a great plague, when the Senate built a temple to Aesculapius, the Greek god of healing, on the island. With the spread of Christianity, the site was converted into a church.

San Nicola in Carcere (St. Nicholas in Prison) is unique in the way the imposing columns of an ancient temple have been incorporated into the church's side walls. Study the fascinating historic details of its interior, including an 8th-century engraving on preserved on one of the columns and the medieval tower's original bell.

From the crypt under the altar, descend underground to discover the once-open pathways once beaten by Ancient Romans on their way to and from the vegetable and cattle markets that once operated just a short walk away.
What's Included
  • Admissions
  • Archaeologically-literate English-speaking guide
What's Not Included
  • Optional hotel transfer
Meeting Point

San Bartolomeo Square on Tiber Island.

What to Remember
Please note that this tour is not suitable for wheelchair users and people with walking disabilities. It is recommended that participants wear comfortable walking shoes.

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