Rome, Italy, also known as “the Eternal City” is one of the oldest European cities, dating back almost 3,000 years. Rome is a popular destination spot today, with its trove of architectural masterpieces drawing tourists yearly. One of the most fascinating parts of the ancient urban center though is its historic basement.
Rome boasts some of the oldest and longest burial underground tunnels in the world. The oldest ones in Rome date back to the first century. They were first were built by the Jewish community in Rome and were used as cemeteries. Christians built their own underground network 100 years later. The galleries, chambers, and churches beneath the city are also adorned with graffiti. Thousands of prayers written by many are all over the walls and is something one shouldn’t miss when exploring the tunnels.