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Carcere Mamertino (Mamertine Prison)

  • Via del Tulliano Map It
  • Piazza Venezia
  • Historic District/Site

Published 06/20/2007

Fodor's Review

The state prison of the Middle Ages has two subterranean cells where Rome's enemies, most famously the Goth, Jugurtha, and the indomitable Gaul, Vercingetorix, were imprisoned and died of either starvation or strangulation. Legend has it that in the lower cell saints Peter and Paul were imprisoned under Nero, and a miraculous spring of water appeared with which they baptized their jailers. A church, San Giuseppe dei Falegnami, now stands over the prison. The multimedia tour has received mixed reviews: it focuses on the Christian history of the site, and the audio is more fluffy than historical.

Sight Information


Via del Tulliano, Rome, Latium, 00186, Italy

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Sight Details:

  • €10
  • Closed Mon., Wed., and Fri.

Published 06/20/2007


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