Santi Giovanni e Paolo Tours

With a history dating back to the 4th century, the Church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo is among the oldest in Rome and, despite its rather unremarkable façade, boasts a fascinating history. The church was built on the site of the Case Romane, allegedly the former home and burial site of Roman soldiers and converted Christians John and Paul, who were beheaded at the hand of Emperor Julian the Apostate. 

Today, the fabled church, extensively restored in the 12th century, stands atop Celian Hill and is acclaimed for its lavishly decorated interiors, adorned with striking frescos and glittering chandeliers. The real highlight though, lies beneath the church – the excavated ruins of the ancient Claudianum and the Case Romane, which offer a fascinating glimpse into Roman life.

Practical Info

Santi Giovanni e Paolo is located on Piazza dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo in central Rome and is open daily from 8am to 1pm and 3pm to 6pm.
Location
Address: Piazza dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Rome 00184, Italy
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Hours: 8am-1pm, 3-6pm
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Rome by Golf Cart Private Tour

Experience over 2,500 years of history on a private, 3-hour tour through one of the world’s most popular and influential regions — Rome’s beautiful historical district. Roam the streets of this city in a comfortable, covered, street-legal golf cart — providing access unavailable on foot. This family-friendly sightseeing tour offers a narrated journey of the palaces, monuments, churches, fountains and statues that define the rich heritage of the capital and largest city in Italy.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$86.75 USD
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Underground Rome Small Group Tour: St. Clement and Celian Houses

Discover what ancient sites lies beneath Rome’s already historical streets on an underground tour. Following a guide, explore a labyrinth of hidden churches, temples, tombs and narrow streets 50 feet (15 meters) below the modern-day street level. See houses of Roman senators, abandoned shops and even a subterranean spring. You’ll start at the Basilica of St Clement to head below ground, plus visit the ancient church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo on Celian Hill.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$67.08 USD
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Rome Underground Secrets & Mysteries

Escape the crowds and explore the secrets buried beneath Rome on a tour of underground landmarks, from the Basilica of San Clemente to buried Roman houses. In addition to navigating for you, your guide provides little–known facts and anecdotes often unheard by visitors. For round–trip transport from your Rome accommodations, select the upgrade option.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$75.18 USD
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Underground Rome And Catacombs Tour with Basilica of San Clemente

Discover a side of Rome that most visitors overlook: venture below street level and explore the city’s hidden, subterranean highlights. On this small-group tour, you’ll encounter catacombs, ancient churches, pagan temples, and other underground sights, and will learn more about Rome’s wealth of history. Meet your guide in a central location in the afternoon; entry costs for all venues are included in the ticket price.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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$97.16 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Private Tour: Secret Rome and Historical Churches

Bypass Rome’s tourist hotspots and uncover the lesser-known gems that many visitors miss. Guided by an expert in art history, the 3.5-hour tour introduces you to Caelian Hill with its history-steeped churches and archaeological digs. Check out Case Romane del Celio, an ancient Roman house, and step inside the city’s so-called medieval Sistine Chapel. Visit the papal seat, aka the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano, and learn about the city’s history from Roman Empire days to the Middle Ages.  The tour can be tailored to your preferences.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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$42.79 USD
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Private last minute tour of subterranean Rome

Enjoy a private last-minute tour of the subterranean Rome with a dedicated guide. Discover the fascinating history of the subterranean levels of the city, the artworks and the paintings hidden underground!
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$57.83 USD
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