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Rieti's Underground

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Address: Via Pellicceria 5, 02100, Rieti, Italy
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+39 347 727 9591
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Strolling along via Roma, the city’s main street full of beautiful shops...

Strolling along via Roma, the city’s main street full of beautiful shops and historic palazzos, it is hard to imagine that below the street level there is an extraordinary world waiting to be discovered , consisting of the sturdy arches of the Roman viaduct. This work, built in the third century B.C., was created to bring the street up to a level high enough to avoid flooding and Via Salaria becoming a swamp. This was the ancient salt route entering town and leading to the forum in todays piazza Vittorio Emanuele II. The structure consists of grandiose roman vaults, incorporated into a few noble residences, reminiscent of the city of Rieti’s past. Guided tours are often organized in loco upon request, even for small groups.

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Rita Giovanelli takes small groups underground the city of Rieti and explains how the valley was drained by the populace ages ago so the Salt Road from the coast to Rome could be... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 November 2016
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

Rita Giovanelli takes small groups underground the city of Rieti and explains how the valley was drained by the populace ages ago so the Salt Road from the coast to Rome could be traversed. You see intact rooms with arches built that once housed boats and shops. Rieti is actually older than Rome and has a long history of agriculture... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

A great two-hour tour above-ground and below, with a very informative commentary -- my wife and I had our own English-speaking guide, while the eight Italians had their own guide. Made us appreciate Rieti even more. 15 Euros per person -- ignore most everything the online document says about the tour, from the price (it says 7 Euros) to the... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

A marvelous and highly interesing walk through the Roman vestiges of underground Rieti - thoughtfully mapped and accompanied by a knowledgeable guide

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

Rita Giovanelli is a fabulous tour guide. She conducts tours in English as well as Italian. We were fascinated by the ancient Roman walls which still exist. A wonderful morning well spent in the company of an expert in the field. A must for anyone visiting the Sabina region.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

We Emailed to ask about a tour (rietidascoprire@vodafone.it) and received a reply and tour-times for our party of six immediately. The guide herself was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable, and the underground rooms and corridors are beautifully presented. Kids and grown ups loved it (and it was wonderfully cool on a hot July day). We especially enjoyed the combination of ancient... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

Our agriturismo recommended this. You meet the guide by the ponte Romano at 11. If there's no one there there's a telephone number on the notice board by the bridge (the bridge is actually modern- you can see the old one in the water). They take you to explore under the city- you see under a Roman bridge and various... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2016 via mobile

À very nice experience with Rita. She has great knowleg of the history if Rieti and is à fantastic storyteller. The roman history of Rieti is interesting. You all should see this. Jan

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2016 via mobile

We had a great afternoon exploring Rieti and the underground ruins. Our Tour guide was extremely helpful and provided us with endless amounts of knowledge. Definitely worth it!!! So much to learn!!!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015 via mobile

Giadina was very knowledgeable and went the extra mile to make sure we had a lovely day! Interesting history of underground Rieti from ancient through to medieval and modern times. Worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2015 via mobile

It was a great tour, very interesting to see the underground ruins slow Rieti. The tour guide was ver knowledgeable and even collected us from our hotel lobby. Take a jacket as it is quite cool underground, which was a nice relief from the summer heat!

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