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Carcere Mamertino

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Address: Clivo Argentario 1 | Campitelli, 00186 Rome, Italy

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Historical significance

There is definitely significance to this site. We visited with the Omnia Pass. The multimedia tour was odd and disconnected at times. Our kids liked it though but I do not think I... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
Cairo, Egypt
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Cairo, Egypt
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

There is definitely significance to this site. We visited with the Omnia Pass. The multimedia tour was odd and disconnected at times. Our kids liked it though but I do not think I would have been happy if I had paid for this visit even though it is not a large cost. This is a very small site. Go down... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

even is a very little part from the ancient prison, Mamertin Prison is the prison where saints apostoles Paul and Peter were imprisoned. even on many sites appear like a free of charge objective it is a 3Euro fee. take 5-7 miuntes to visit it. but it worth. Is a location hard to find, even most of the locals did... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

This is not a flashy place - it's a dank prison where, according to tradition, St. Peter was imprisoned. As a site of spiritual pilgrimage, this is significant and worth visiting. It's a short visit - don' bother with the audio tour - there is an altar, and a cistern like chamber where prisoners were kept.

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San Angelo, Texas
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15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

This prison is surprising to how small it actually is. I was expecting a larger ordeal leading up to the location, but it's quaint setting set along a staircase near the Roman Forum was fitting to give a sense of the experience Peter had to endure. Was a very neat stop on the visit to Rome.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I visited the Mamertine Prison earlier this month whilst on holiday with my boyfriend. We opted for the multi-media tour, which cost 5 euros (as opposed to 3 euros to see the archaeological site alone). The staff were very helpful and spoke excellent English, but unfortunately the tour, which was sold to us as a spiritual and historical experience, was... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We didn't know anything about this attraction until we got there. We got free entry with sight-seeing card that we had but what a waste of time and a waste of a use of the card. I assumed there would be more to the attraction than just the little hole he was held in but that was it. The whole... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

The prison is situated at the foot of the Capitol Hill near the exit from the Roman Forum. It takes some finding but it is worth it. We used our Omnia pass but would willingly have paid the entrance fee. It is as expected a very small site which held some of Ancient Rome's enemies which included St Peter &... More 

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Abbotsford, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Although I didn't use the audio guide here, I really don't know why people are complaining that there's "nothing much to see." What are you expecting, Disneyland? This is a small prison where people were thrown through a hole in the floor; the only exit was when you died. Legend has it that Sts. Paul and Peter were held here,... More 

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Llandudno, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

A really small attraction consisting of an Altar and the room that St Peter was supposedly inprisoned in all those years ago. We got in free with the Omnia Rome/vatican pass. Would not have been happy to pay to see this though.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This tiny monument, kind of hidden out of sight is full of history, The prison where Saint Peter was kept, a tiny damp grotta. There is also the part of the wall framed where Saint Peter hit is head.This monument really shows the suffering inflicted 2000 years ago. I saw this monument 40 years ago and happy to go back... More 

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Piazza Venezia / Ancient City
If all roads lead to Rome, then they all end here. Piazza Venezia and the Ancient City are the very epicenter of the Eternal City. Within a 360-degree turn, Roman history unrolls in front of you, from its ancient beginnings to its 21st century transformations. Whether it’s those historical playgrounds known as the Roman and Imperial Forums, or the side-street shops, trattorie, and churches, this neighborhood packs a cultural punch and then some. Screaming scooters, battling buses, crazy cars, and lots of foot traffic converge in the area all day long. By dusk, a different vibe emerges as the neighborhood quiets down. Don't be surprised if you find yourself passing through the Piazza Venezia at least once a day, since it’s the most direct way to get from one side of town to another.
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