Vicus Caprarius – the City of Water

Vicus Caprarius – the City of Water

Vicus Caprarius – the City of Water
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11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighborhood: Trevi
A non-stop photo and souvenir opportunity, Trevi is all about action. From early morning through the wee hours, the piazza surrounding Trevi Fountain hosts a never-ending flow of tourists hoping to make a wish or take a selfie. Clever restaurants, charming gelaterias, uncanny bars, kitsch shops, and a range of hotels make up the local landscape. Beneath the bustle are the remains of an ancient neighborhood that you can visit by heading over to a repertoire cinema and asking for a peek underground. There is something for everyone, but if peace and quiet are what you seek, plan to visit in the early morning hours.
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  • Barberini - Fontana di Trevi • 7 min walk
  • Spagna • 9 min walk
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  • AK8397
    Ontario, Canada894 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Underground Gem
    We stumbled upon this unknown site when doing our research on Rome. Looked fascinating, so we booked our tickets online ahead of time. Booking your time ahead is a good idea because this is a small place, with limits on the number of people allowed in at a time. You can get a guided tour (extra cost) or do a self-guided one. I suggest the latter (unless you are an archeologist in need of detailed explanations). You get a headset that you can listen to, plus there are lots of posters with additional information at each site along the tour. Very interesting. Worth an hour of your time.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 6, 2023
  • Jade
    Lincolnshire, United Kingdom182 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Site
    A small but interesting site beneath the city. There’s lots of information provided in Italian and English about the site and the time period in general and a number of artefacts on display. Nice and cool too so a great place to escape the heat and enjoy some history!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 8, 2023
  • Roxanne
    San Francisco, California90 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Budget-friendly
    It's important to set some expectations before you visit. If you have extremely high expectations (like we did) and thought this would be an actual underground city that you can roam around, you will be disappointed. If you have no expectations and simply wanted to get away from tourists and be out of the hot sun, then you'll probably find this enjoyable. It's very small space and there is not much to explore; it's pretty much all within view. There are a few artifacts and statues that are neat to look at it. It's very inexpensive to visit (about $4.30 per person).
    Visited June 2023
    Written August 15, 2023
  • Tommo
    Melbourne, Australia55,346 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rome's underground city
    We bumped into some fellow Australians whilst visiting Trevi Fountain and they advised that they were visiting a nearby underground city. We had not heard of this so decided to join them. Its hidden just underneath the Trevi Fountain and known as the City of Water. It harbours the remains of ancient Roman flats dating back to the first century. It also contains various historic relics from that era. The opening times are Tuesday to Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm and a modest entry fee of €4.00 was charged. Its relatively small and underwhelming in comparison to the Naples Underground City but worth visiting all the same.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 6, 2024
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Adam C
London, UK11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This was very interesting to me, but I can see how others may not think so. It's a view into a small part of Rome that was buried a long time ago. It's smaller than I expected from the brochure, but really cheap to go in. A good 30 minute stop if you near Trevi. See if you can find the jar of Ribena ;-)
Written March 6, 2020
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Rachael S
3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We (family of 3) came during our allotted time and were between two tour groups. The space is very small, so we had to squeeze passed one another to get to different sections. We never actually went to one end because the tour was taking so long and there wasn't room for us.
The pictures definitely make the space look bigger. The audioguide has information for 7 things. You can also read the placards instead. I would not recommend this.
Written February 22, 2024
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Roxanne
San Francisco, CA90 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
It's important to set some expectations before you visit. If you have extremely high expectations (like we did) and thought this would be an actual underground city that you can roam around, you will be disappointed. If you have no expectations and simply wanted to get away from tourists and be out of the hot sun, then you'll probably find this enjoyable.

It's very small space and there is not much to explore; it's pretty much all within view. There are a few artifacts and statues that are neat to look at it. It's very inexpensive to visit (about $4.30 per person).
Written August 15, 2023
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Jade
Lincolnshire, UK182 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
A small but interesting site beneath the city. There’s lots of information provided in Italian and English about the site and the time period in general and a number of artefacts on display. Nice and cool too so a great place to escape the heat and enjoy some history!
Written August 8, 2023
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Escape48798135149
Chichester, UK199 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
This small museum, just off of the Trevi Fountain, is a must for the Imperial Roman era enthusiast. The exhibits chart the Roman watercourse and the medieval building that covered up this part of the Vicus Caprarius. The whole area, 9m below the surface, was discovered when the development of the old Trevi Theatre was started.
Written February 18, 2022
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Tualie
Varese, Italy1,484 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
The suggestive name as City of Water is because those basements are constantly flooded; it was the water tank of a domus (upperclass private townhouse) fed by the water that comes from aqua Vergine aqueduct the same that today feeds the upper famous Trevi fountain. These remains, at 9 meters below street level, were discovered in the late 90's during renovation works of an old cinema and belongs to a private food processing corporation. There are some ancient finds like fragments of ancient marble probably mosaics, a partial statue, African amphorae and hundreds of coins of low nominal value, probably savings from a slave.

As written by fellow travellers, is cheap and takes only 15 minutes to visit.
Written April 10, 2023
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SCC69
Cardiff, UK150 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Well worth a visit. Close to Trevi Fountain. Book in advance to avoid queues and guarantee entry. Easy to book via what’s app, just search Trefi Fountain. We did the €4 self tour. There are plenty of boards with information so you know what you’re looking at.
Written March 17, 2023
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The Spanish Steps Apartment
Rome, Italy32,178 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Couples
A minute or two from the Trevi Fountain is an interesting underground archaeological site. The site is interpreted in English, Italian, and some French and there are many displays of artifacts excavated from the site. The excavations uncovered an Imperial-age building, which at one point was converted into a holding tank for the waters of the Acqua Vergine (you can still hear water flowing at the site). The building was also an apartment that was subsequently converted into a luxurious private home. Visiting the site gives you a glimpse of the different stages that a small area of ancient Rome went through over time. I have been to this museum twice and both times there were fewer than three other people there, so if you would like to explore a small museum/site in peace and quiet, this is the place for you.
Written March 2, 2015
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AbsolutelyDubrovnik
Seattle, WA1,085 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
Bumped into this museum while walking from the Trevi Fountains. The site was uncovered while demolishing an existing building and later donated to this museum. The site shows the aqueducts, cisterns, washing room, stairways etc all in a wonderful condition down below the current day Rome street level. It is worth the 3e entrance fee.
Written March 28, 2017
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Maggi713
Baltimore, MD12,355 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Couples
Everyone who comes to Rome comes to see the Trevi Fountain, but few tourists know that you can actually tour beneath the fountain. Just around the corner from the Trevi Fountain is the Vicus Caprarius – the City of Water. In 1999, the underground archaeological area was discovered during construction of the Cineteca Nazionale's Sala Cinema Alberto Sordi in the former Cinema Trevi. Over a three-year period, archaeologists excavated 4,300 square feet of rubble that covered a 4th Century Roman mansion (built on the site of two communal dwellings), and a section of an aqueduct--the Acqua Vergine--that connects to the nearby Fountain of Trevi. During the excavations, they found water running from ancient Roman pipes, and items (such as bronze coins and amphorae, or terracotta flasks). We were pleased to see that The City of Water was so well-designed, offering the tourist detailed exhibit labels in Italian and English. Modern, well-lit stairs and walkways lead you through the ruins. This is worth a stop after you have been to the Trevi Fountain.
Written February 9, 2017
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