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Carcere Mamertino, Rome

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The Mamertine Prison, in antiquity the Tullianum, was a prison located in the Comitium in ancient Rome. It was located on the northeastern slope of the Capitoline Hill, facing the Curia and the imperial fora of Nerva, Vespasian, and Augustus. Located between it and the Tabularium was a flight of stairs leading to the Arx of the Capitoline known as the Gemonian stairs.The church of San Giuseppe dei Falegnami now stands above the Mamertine.Name and originThe origins of the prison's names are uncertain. The traditional derivation of "Tullianum" is from the name of one of the Roman kings Tullus Hostilius or Servius Tullius (the latter is found in Livy, Varro, and also Sallust); there is an alternative theory that it is from the archaic Latin tullius "a jet of water", in reference to the cistern. The name "Mamertine" is medieval in origin, and may be a reference to a nearby temple of Mars.According to tradition, the prison was constructed around 640–616 BC, by Ancus Marcius. It was originally created as a cistern for a spring in the floor of the second lower level. Prisoners were lowered through an opening into the lower dungeon.
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  • €12,-for 2 persons to then within 15 minutes outside. Staff was very short and we were having trouble getting answers to our questions. Very sorry!
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  • This place is located adjacent to the Roman Forum, but just outside the fence. Entry fee is 10 Euro's to the small museum and the dungeon. Doesn't take but about 15 minutes to see. The dungeon itself ...  more »
  • This prison was built even in 640 BC; the time that Rome had no idea; Came to prominence by the characters that have passed since this space was reserved to hold important prisoners until they are dead usually by strangulation between they defeated Vercingentorix by Cesar in Gaul; Sao Pedro and Sao Paulo. The space was very well documented, give us tablets with explanation of each object and exposed point; I was very impressed with the historic recovery for the importance it has; the chapel of the early Christian on the Dungeon recovered parts of some paintings, the same hole that gives prisoners went down well with the idea of what it was like at the time; the part where Sao Pedro would have hit my head and let your blood has been carefully described; be sure to see the inverted cross on the altar in honor of Sao Pedro and upstairs another Chapel Anyway a surprising and wonderful visit, detail if you buy just this entry ticket they don't accept money and payment only by credit card.
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  • There is a 10Euro admittance to get down to Sts Peter & Paul Prison Cell. It is one of my favorite tour.
  • An amazing historical experance. Being able to see the prison where St. Peter was imprissond, to look down the hole that he spent so many years in. And beyond that, to get to go down into the prison itself was like a biblical time travel. Even if you are not religious, getting to see the ancient prison is very cool.
  • Me and the wife went into the ticket office in the early morning and purchased a colosseum, forum and prison ticket for €20 (an extra 8 for the prison). We left straight for the forum and arena as low on time, we were most interested in these. The queues at the colosseum when we got there were phenomenal, boy were we glad we already had a ticket! Went straight in we did, past all the queues. Once finished we returned to the centre and on the way used our ticket to get into the prison. WOW! What a load of crap.... a few pots and pans and sweaty cellar. 8 Euros for this, you must be having a laugh! That said, due to the extreme crowds present on the day I was glad for our pre purchased ticket so if you've got a spare 8 euros and don't want to queue, go for it (reason for 2 stars). But save yourself 5 mins and bin the prison ticket.
  • There is not too much going on here. You don't need a lot of time. It is cool to see where Peter and Paul were imprisoned. You go down into a dungeon. I did not go the dramatized tour.
  • Connect to the sewer. So the bodies were thrown after excecutions.

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For easy foot access to most of the city's main historical sites, consider staying in Rome's old town center. The area is conveniently placed for public transport, only a walk away from the city's main railway station. Accommodations here span all hotels sectors, from cheap hostels to luxury brand names. To avoid the steep prices and overcrowding of the town center, explore the hotels in the inner suburbs of Rome. They offer comfortable rooms and excellent food at a fraction of the price charged by the centrally located hotel chains. Another affordable option is the area around Vatican, which boasts a good selection of family-owned B&Bs.
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