Wednesday January 27, 2016
Broadcaster Megan Williams goes underground in the city that was once known Caput Mundi - the capital of the world. Williams uncovers the quiet secrets it continues to offer up, the questions that hang unsolved, and dramatic challenges the city's underground past poses for the present. Delving into Rome's past by venturing into what lies below it. **This episode originally aired March 12, 2015.
Megan Williams takes us through photos of the underground spaces she explores in her radio documentary.
Photographs appear courtesy of Roma Sotterranea, the Centre for Speleological Research of Sotterranea di Roma and Megan Williams.
Participants in the program:
Adriano Morabito, Urban Speleologist and co-founder of Roma Sotterranea
Giuseppina Kysar Mattietti, George Mason University Assistant Professor of Earth Science and Science Education and researcher with Centre for Speleological Research with Sotterranea di Roma
Luca Girardo, Urban Speleologist with Roma Sotterranea
Carlo Pavia, Archeologist and Urban Speleologist
Allan Ceen, founder of Studium Urbis, research centre on Rome's topography and urban development
Laura Venditelli, Head Archeologist at the Roman National Museum Crypta Balbi
Olivia Ercoli, Rome art historian and guide
Underground Sites in Rome Open to the Public
While the vast majority of underground sites in Rome remain closed to the public, in recent years, several have been opened or undergone further restoration.
Here's a list of some of the most interesting underground sites open to the public.