What you'll do
Many visitors to Rome only visit the tourist sites. By contrast, we -- who perform studies and research -- want to offer you the opportunity to take a trip with us to ancient Rome, bringing you where mass tourism has not yet arrived and allowing you to discovery and touch wonderful structures hidden and preserved by nature! We will explore the magnificent aqueducts of Rome, four of them located in a park frequented only by locals. Aqueducts brought water to the city via long channels supported by arches. I will explain to you how these were built, how they worked, and even how Rome, from the time of its earliest construction, was so completely dependent on this water supply that when the Barbarians invaded the city, the first thing they did was cut these aqueducts. In many museums you can't take photos. Here, not only can you take pictures, you will be able to walk on the aqueducts and touch history with your hands, because this will not be a mere guided tour, but a real experience of discovery. Afterwards, we will enjoy some typical Roman cuisine.
I am Marco, a speleo-archaeologist who has been studying the aqueducts of Rome for over 20 years. I have two organizations that collaborate with the Italian archaeological superintendency and I am rather well known in Italy. In fact, the National Geographic Society put us on the cover of its July 2006 issue and discussed our activities. We want to offer this experience to make the history of Rome known from another perspective, namely the non-touristic aspect of the city, which is unavailable to tourists brought by tour operators.
About the organisation
Sotterranei di Roma
Sotterranei di Roma is intended to safeguard and highlight our underground archaeological heritage. Accordingly, our activity includes both the recovering archaeological sites and promoting them through study and publications, both scientific and popular. By participating in this experience, you too can contribute to these activities by supporting us in our business.
This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to Sotterranei di Roma.
I will provide you with maps and diagrams to understand how ancient Roman aqueducts worked.
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Where you'll be
We will visit the Aqueduct Park and the Marcio Aqueduct, the “Felice” Aqueduct, the Claudio Aqueduct, and the Anio Vetus Aqueduct. We will take a look at the old farmhouse "Roma vecchia" and we will peruse the Aqua Mariana, the ancient canal built by Pope Sixtus V. It will be an extraordinary experience, discovering the waterways and aqueducts of Rome. Afterwards, we will enjoy some typical Roman dishes.
Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 10 guests aged 18 and up can attend.
You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.
This park is off the beaten tourist track, an extraordinary place where you can admire huge structures that were used to bring water to the ancient city.
The ancient aqueducts of Rome