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Location: Italy         Length: 32 min.

This film retraces the rediscovery of the catacombs, subterranean burial places and hideouts beneath the streets of ancient Rome. It finds in the dark galleries the traces of early explorers and the signatures, graffiti and inscriptions they left. These early underground explorers include legendary figures such as Antonio Bosio and Giovanni Battista de Rossi, the scholar who laid the scientific basis of modern Italian archaeology. This film sheds new light on an underground world where silence dominates but images retell stories voiced many centuries ago.

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Directed by Alberto Castellani

Produced and distributed by The Generali Group

Copyright 2002 by The Generali Group

Antonio Bosio (Catholic Encyclopedia)

Catacombs of Rome (Wikipedia)

The Christian Catacombs of Rome (The Salesian Institute)

The Generali Group

Giovanni Battista de Rossi (Catholic Encyclopedia)

Roman Catacombs (Catholic Encyclopedia)

Visiting the Catacombs (International Catacomb Society)