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Carcere Mamertino

Piazza Venezia / Ancient City
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Address: Clivo Argentario 1 | Campitelli, 00186 Rome, Italy
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Christianity in the Ancient Rome Private Tour
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An appreciation of the historical significance is a must

Compared to other sights in Rome the Carcere is simple and unremarkable. It is much smaller than we had imagined and there wasn't a great deal on show. The staff were friendly and... read more

Reviewed 23 February 2017
David B
Doncaster, United Kingdom
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
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Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

This was a must see for our trip. We didn't realise how close it was to the Roman Forum! It was a bit overpriced (there are 2 prices) but as a Christian it didn't matter as we wanted to be where the Apostles Paul & Peter were incarcerated. We were humbled to visit this attraction.

Thank Patricia R
Reading, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

At 10 Euros this is what can only be described as a tourist trap. My visit lasted probably ten minutes at the most . A word of warning to visitors who do not understand Italian, my guide's English was incomprehensible .

Thank LyndaF10
Doncaster, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 February 2017 via mobile

Compared to other sights in Rome the Carcere is simple and unremarkable. It is much smaller than we had imagined and there wasn't a great deal on show. The staff were friendly and the tablets explaining the few exhibits were a nice touch. The main benefit is the opportunity to appreciate the huge significance of the place for the early... More 

Thank David B
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Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

This is a short but very touching visit. The staff was very friendly and talkative, with lots of details even for me as a solo visitor. At the time of my visit it was possible to pay only with a credit card. Make sure you get a clear view of the paintings in the middle floor.

Thank Ernest V
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2016

Interesting piece of history. Entry is now 10 Euro which now includes a small museum tour with an interactive tablet which we basically spent less than ten minutes walking through before heading down to the prison itself. There are some images that remain from long ago which were very interesting. Standing down in the prison makes you wonder how many... More 

Thank David B
Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2016

Oh, where to start... Well, the staff were all quite rude. Some even blatantly ignored us. It was 5 euros each with a student discount and the Roma Pass (It is usually 10) which was still not worth it. All there is is two rooms with very repetitive information and a tiny dungeon room down bellow. The whole experience took... More 

2 Thank Eliza B
West Palm Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

It was very moving to be in this prison where the Apostles Paul and Peter were held captive for their faith. It was the last prison that they would see before they would be martyred. It is a must see if visiting Rome.

1 Thank Johnhdz
Weston, Florida
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Reviewed 20 November 2016

It is impressive to contemplate the final days of Peter and Paul in this dungeon next to the magnificence of the Roman Forum and recognize that the Roman Empire has crumbled, whereas the religion promoted by Peter and Paul is covering the earth. A must see for Christians.

3 Thank Don113
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Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

This site holds special interest for Christians. Entering the chamber where Paul was possibly imprisoned was a highlight of my trip to Rome. If you're not interested for those reasons, you may not be interested at all. People seem to have trouble locating it for some reason. It's basically behind the Altare Della Patria (Alter of the Fatherland) which is... More 

5 Thank adam j
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 August 2016

Historical prison with some well known and famous names (Jugurtha, Vercingetorix, st peter, st paul...etc) worth a visit. the price is 10 euros for adults and free for kids

2 Thank Leo D

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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 neighbourhood 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 neighbourhood 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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