St Clement of Rome: explore the 3-tiered Basilica of San Clemente in central Rome, and discover a unique church built over 3 periods; the 12th century, 4th century, and 1st century AD.
Duration 1h : 30m
13 participants maximum
Skip the long lines to enter the church, located near the Colosseum in a quiet corner of the former Roman Republic. Start with the 12th century Basilica, built by Cardinal Anastasius, and admire the rich adornments, such as the Byzantine Apse mosaic with an arabesque motif of scrolled acanthus tendrils. Learn about the Schola Cantorum, and marvel at floor mosaics that cover the entire floor of the edifice.
Then, travel back to the 4th century as you head to the underground Basilica that the 12th-century church was built over. Explore its aisles and central nave, as your guide explains the story of the frescoes depicting the life of St. Alexius and St. Clemente.
Step even further below ground, and head to the lowest levels of the Basilica to see the remains of a 1st-century building of the Republican era. Discover secret rooms, such as the altar of the cult of Mithras and the Mithraic Schoolroom, as well as a maze of rooms and corridors made of tufa block.
Learn about the life of San Clemente, and how and why the Basilica was constructed the way it was, with all its miraculous mosaics, frescoes and hidden corridors.
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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 the San Clemente Basilica, unless otherwise advised in advance.