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Basilica of San Clemente al Laterano (Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano) Tours

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Basilica of San Clemente al Laterano (Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano)
Rome’s Basilica of San Clemente al Laterano (Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano) offers wonders both above and below ground. The interior of the 12th-century church is richly decorated with Byzantine mosaics considered among Italy’s best, and below the surface are two layers of ancient ruins including a fourth-century basilica, a temple, and a first-century villa. 

The Basics
When visiting the San Clemente al Laterano, you can admire the present-day church—home to spectacular mosaics and the tombs of St. Clement and St. Cyril—before heading underground to tour the excavations below. Here, you’ll find well-preserved frescoes, a pagan temple dedicated to Mithras, and the remains of a Roman house.

There are thousands of years of history to take in at the basilica, so the best way to visit is by joining a private guided tour of the church and underground excavation sites with skip-the-line entry. Many tours of San Clemente al Laterano also visit the Capuchin Crypt and accompanying museum. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Basilica of San Clemente al Laterano is ideal for history buffs.
  • Book a skip-the-line tour to avoid long waits, especially in the summer months.
  • San Clemente is a Catholic church—modest clothing, covering shoulders and knees, and a respectful decorum are required.
  • Photography is not allowed inside the basilica.
  • The excavations beneath San Clemente are not accessible to wheelchairs or strollers.

How to Get There
The Basilica of San Clemente al Laterano is located on Piazza San Clemente near the Colosseum. Take metro line B from the Termini train station to the Colosseo stop.

When to Get There
The church and underground excavations are open daily year-round; check the website for hours and mass times. The site is a cool reprieve from the summer heat, yet can be very crowded during this time.

San Clemente History
San Clemente was built on top of an older basilica dating from the fourth century, which in turn was built on the remains of a villa owned by a wealthy Roman, probably destroyed by the great fire in AD 64.
Address: Piazza San Clemente, Rome, Italy
Admission: Varies
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Underground Tour of St. Clements Church & Capuchin Crypt for Families with MarcoAttraction Tickets

Underground Tour of St. Clements Church & Capuchin Crypt for Families with Marco

Go underground in Rome during a walking tour designed for families. Keep the kids involved with games and quizzes as you explore beneath St. Clement’s Basilica. See temple ruins dating back to ancient Rome and visit the Crypt of the Capuchins, home to several rooms decorated with the bones of over 4,000 monks, beneath the Our Lady of the Conception church.
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St. Clements Basilica and Quattro Coronati Church Small-Group Tour

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Modern Rome sits on top of layers of history, and nowhere is this more evident than in the Basilica of San Clemente. On this guided tour, explore above and below ground by visiting the 12th-century church and its three levels of underground ruins that date from the 1st to the 4th centuries. Afterwards, move on to the 4th-century Santi Quattro Coronati, one of the most ancient basilicas in the city.
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Underground Rome And Catacombs Tour with Basilica of San Clemente

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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, encounter catacombs, ancient churches, pagan temples, and other underground sights, and 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.
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Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour

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Go underground to see Rome’s ancient catacombs and crypts on a half-day tour. Visit the Domitilla Catacomb and Basilica of San Clemente with skip-the-line access, plus visit the Capuchin Crypt, where you’ll see a Caravaggio painting and marvel at a chapel made entirely out of human bones. Learn about past burial customs and secret Christian worship spots during this fascinating exploration into the history of Rome.
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San Clemente Underground, Church & St. Peter in Chains Tour

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Discover the archaeological layers underneath the Basilica of San Clemente on a guided tour of this 12th-century church. Descend three levels under the church to see a 4th-century basilica, the remains of an ancient pagan Mitraic temple, and further below, the ruins of ancient Roman homes. Then walk to the nearby Basilica of St. Peter in Chains to view ancient relics and Michelangelo's famous sculpture of Moses.
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Discover the dark side of Rome on this Super Saver that combines two bestselling tours into one fascinating and fearsome sightseeing experience. You’ll start with a tour to the Appian Way to visit Domitilla Catacombs, where you’ll skip the line with priority admission. Learn about burial customs in Ancient Rome, and visit the Basilica of San Clemente and the Capuchin Crypt for a look at a chapel made entirely of bones. Then explore central Rome on a night tour that introduces you to the Eternal City’s many ghosts and mysteries.
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Go underground in Rome and explore the city’s ancient catacombs with this small group walking tour. In a group limited to six people, follow your guide through narrow passageways to see tombs of some of Rome’s first Christian citizens. Learn about artwork on the walls and hear stories about the rituals once held in these spooky spaces.
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Explore the Christian basilicas and landmark locations in Rome on this guided, 3-hour, small-group tour. Visit the Basilica of San Clemente, the ancient Santi Quattro Coronati, the Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran. Learn fascinating facts about these and other basilicas along the way. Skip-the-line entrance tickets to the Basilica of San Clemente provided. Please dress conservatively. Attire such as shorts, miniskirts and uncovered shoulders are not allowed. Rome hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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In this tour, you will experience the “Basilica Maior” for Saint Mary “Santa Maria Maggiore” that contains one of the four sacred doors. Followed by “San Pietro in Vincoli” where you will behold the statue of Moses by Michelangelo and the miracle-working chains of Saint Peter. After a beautiful view of the “Colosseo”, two of the oldest churches of the city will be visited “Santi Quattro Coronati”, with the legend of Pope Sylvester and “San Clemente”. The tour culminates with the visit of the “Basilica Maior” and Archbasilica “San Giovanni in Laterano – Mother and Head of All Churches in Rome and in the World”
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Discover some of Rome's hidden treasures on this small-group tour that takes you from the arenas of the ancient republic to the sublime art of the High Renaissance. Admire sacred relics and an unfinished masterpiece by Michelangelo at San Pietro in Vincoli church, and see where gladiators prepared for battle at the Ludus Magnus near the Colosseum. Then, take an underground archaeological tour through millennia of Roman history at the multi-layered Basilica of San Clemente al Laterano.
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Step back in time with this half-day private tour of Rome. Start at the Colosseum, using your skip-the-line access to breeze right in past the always-long queue. Learn about the gladiator brawls that took pace here 2,000 years ago from your private guide before heading over to the Roman Forum to walk amongst the ruins of the erstwhile center of the Roman universe. Explore the fascinating Basilica of St. Clement, an 11th-century church built on top of a 4th-century church that was built on a 1st-century nobleman's house.
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Travel back in time to explore the 2000 year long history of Rome in the most beautiful places: the Colosseum and the Basilica of San Clemente. Discover the symbol of Rome, the Colosseum, and the secrets of the gladiators who fought to the death in the splendid arena. Follow the steps of the Emperors to the Roman Forum, the heart of the old city, full of wonderful temples. Then enjoy the best view of Rome from the Palatine rooftop terrace! You will also see the gladiator school, where slaves and prisoners have learned to fight for the fun of emperors, senators and ordinary people in the Colosseum! Finally enter the fascinating Basilica of San Clemente: explore the underground levels, from the houses of the ancient Romans to the sanctuary of Mitra, from the extraordinary frescoes of the Christian church of the fourth century to the wonderful golden mosaics of the church of the Middle Ages, up to the very important Tomba di San Cirillo. Please note that times are subject to availability
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Colosseum skip the line and church of San ClementeHalf-day Tours

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To be able to discover two fascinating monuments, making use of an expert who can guide them to discover the secrets of the eternal city.
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A 2.5-hour tour for those who want to experience the treasures of Rome off the beaten path. You will be introduced to art and architecture from antiquity through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. With your professional art historian guide, visit San Clemente underground, San Pietro in Vincoli church, and Ludus Magnus. This Exclusive Private Tour will brings you into the depths of history and you can maximise your time enjoying awesome experience. Tour for family with kids, groups of friends and couples.
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Immerse yourselves in the underground crypts of Rome on this private 3-hour guided tour. You will experience the Basilica of San Clemente, the Crypt of the Capuchins and much more besides. You will be transported from place to place by your guide, and you will discover the appearance that these places would have had in the past. You will be picked up from your accomodation within the city center of Roma so please provide accurate address.
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Discover the underground of Rome accompanied by your private guide! You will have the chance to walk the winding underground galleries of the Catacombs of Priscilla, where the Christians were buried. Then continue to the Basilica of San Clemente: you will descend until you reach the Temple of Mitra and a Roman house dating back to the 1st century, just below the Basilica. Please note that this tour includes at least 2 taxi transfers (NOT included in the tour price) to move from one site to another. Photographs and videos are not allowed inside the Catacombs of Priscilla and in the cellars of San Clemente. It is advisable to wear sober clothing suitable for entering the church.
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Benefit from a private half-day tour that takes you into three underground attractions in Rome. Visit the Basilica of San Clemente, the Museum and Crypt of Capuchins, and Vicus Caprarius – the City of Water with your own private guide who shares live commentary about each site. Learn about Capuchin friars, ancient aqueducts, and more as you see several lesser-known places that are worth seeking out.
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Venture beneath the lofty churches and bustling city streets of Rome to discover the ancient mysteries of the Domitilla catacombs. Follow in the footsteps of early Christians as you explore this underground network of tunnels and burial chambers, and marvel at the macabre. You’ll also discover thousands of years of spirituality at an underground Mithraic temple, a pagan sanctuary buried under the famous Basilica of St. Clement.
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Bring history to life for all the family with this child-focused Colosseum and Basilica of San Clemente al Laterano tour. With commentary, games, and tablets to keep the kids engaged, the private tour offers a more personal experience to help you all get the most out of your Rome tour. Hear secrets of the gladiators as you stroll around the Colosseum terraces, then visit the Basilica of San Clemente al Laterano to discover layers of history under the main church.
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