Visit Rome’s famous 3-tiered underground church, the Basilica of San Clemente, on a 3-hour guided tour. Taking in the church’s 1st, 4th, and 12th century buildings, the tour showcases mosaics, frescoes, an underground schoolroom, and a maze of corridors made from volcanic stone. Then you will visit the Santi Quattro Coronati Church: originally built in C. IV it is subject to particular devotion by stone-cutters an marble-carvers, and with the Oratorio di San Silvestro and the decorations with frescoes dated C: XIII which describes some episodes from the legend of Costantino. As you explore, you’ll learn about the saints and cardinals connected with the fascinating church from your guide. Numbers are limited to 13 for a small-group experience.
13 participants maximum
Meet your guide at Piazza San Clemente, pay your entrance fee, and make your way inside the square’s centrepiece basilica. Your skip-the-line ticket allows you to whisk past any long lines.
As you enter, listen to your guide to learn about the 3-tiered basilica, which was built over the 1st, 4th, and 12th centuries.
Starting inside the 12th-century building, you’ll admire the rich ornamentation of the interior as you hear about Cardinal Anastasius for whom the church was built. Gaze at a Byzantine mosaic with an arabesque motif, and stare in wonder at the frescoed floor of the edifice.
The 4th-century basilica lies one level beneath the ground. Head down to explore the aisles and central naves as your guide talks about St. Alexius and St. Clemente, whose lives are depicted in magnificent frescoes.
Walk down to the basilica’s lowest level where the remains of the 1st-century building await. Discover once-secret rooms, such as a Mithraic schoolroom, and work your way around a tangle of rooms and corridors made from volcanic stone.
Your next site to visit during this tour is the Santi Quattro Coronati Church: originally buit in C. IV the church owes its name to the tradition of the martyrdom of four Roman soldiers who refused to adore Esculapio. You will visit the Oratorio di San Silvestro with the decorations with frescoes dated C. XIII wich show some episodes from the legend of Costantino.
The assemble of buildings still show the severe character it had during the Middle Ages, when it was used as a defensive bastion fro the nearby Basilica di San Giovanni.
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Entrance fees to the underground Basilica of San Clemente. Admission is EUR 13 per adult and must be paid directly to your guide prior to tour departure. If you are under 26 years of age and have valid student ID, admission fees are EUR 6.
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Tour meeting point
Piazza di S. Clemente, 00184 Roma, Italia
Meet on Piazza San Clemente, in front of the main entrance to the Basilica di San Clemente. The nearest Metro station is "Colosseo," and approximate 5-minute walk. Your guide will be holding a "Mea Tours" sign for ease or recognition. Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes prior to the tour departure.
Tours end inside at Santi Quattro Coronati Churchs, unless otherwise advised in advance.