The group of faculty and students who traveled to Rome during
2014 Spring Break brought home not only great memories, but also
the book "Subterranean Rome," which they recently donated to
"We picked this book because we visited a number of subterranean
sites in Rome on this trip," said classics professor Tom
The group visited the Vatican Necropolis and Tomb of St. Peter,
the necropolis on the Via Triumphalis (also at the Vatican), the
remains of the temple of Juno and Janus under the Church of St.
Nicholas, the recently-opened excavations of the Stadium of
Domitian (at the Piazza Navonna), the subterranean portions of
the Colosseum and the Tomb of the Scipios.
"Most tourists to Rome visit the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel,
the Roman Forum and the Colosseum," said Sienkewicz. "On this
trip, we made a special point of arranging in advance special
tours to subterranean sites at the Colosseum, the Vatican
Necropolis and the recently-opened necropolis on the Via
Triumphalis. We also found time to explore the remains of the
temples of Juno and Janus under the Church of St. Nicholas. But
Rome is also full of surprises, and we stumbled upon two other
subterranean sites which we did not know were now open to the
public: the Stadium of Domitian and the Tomb of the Scipios. So
we definitely spent a lot of our time in Rome underground."