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3 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 3 more


Immerse yourself in the history of one of Rome's most fascinating churches with a 1.5-hour tour of the Basilica of San Clemente. Explore the hidden rooms under the 12th-century church, including a 4th-century altar and 1st-century house.
  • 1.5-hour tour of the hidden layers under Rome's Basilica of San Clemente
  • Admire the beautiful mosaics in the 12th-century basilica at street level
  • Explore the hidden rooms under the basilica
  • See the 4th-century basilica, a 3rd-century temple and a 1st-century Roman house
Get below the surface of modern Rome with an in-depth tour of the Basilica of San Clemente. See how excavations revealed hidden layers underneath the church.

Enjoy skip-the-line entry with your guide and begin in the 12th-century church at street level. Admire the gorgeous 13th-century mosaics in the apse of the basilica as well as the floor. Learn about the Schola Cantorum, which includes some elements of the earlier basilica, before descending the stairs.

See what remains of the 4th-century basilica, including the former central nave and aisles, as you learn about the saints shown in the frescoes on this level – San Clemente and Sant'Alessio (Alexius).

Continue deeper under the basilica to see the remains of a 3rd-century Mithraic altar in a small temple room. Visit the very lowest level under the church to see part of a 1st-century Roman home.

Enjoy this extraordinary immersion into many eras of Roman history in one place.


Viator Traveller's Reviews

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, Oct 2018

Great tour of the multiple historic levels of this basilica. Our guide from MEA tours was excellent.

, Oct 2018

Highly recommended. The tour guide with Mea Tours was excellent. No photos are allowed, per the church's rules. But there is a gift shop with post cards. Perhaps the best thing here is the relatively easy access to the Mitra Mithra temple, at the lowest level.

, Sep 2018

Our tour guide, Alexander, arrived to our meeting point a bit late and seemed a bit scattered in general. He was very kind and knowledgable, but sort of soft-spoken and difficult to listen to. I think he tried his best, though, and the tour moved at a good pace. Overall, it was a decent tour and we learned quite a bit. The place is definitely worth seeing.

, Jun 2018

Superb tour with Alessandro. So much history attached to this ancient little church and the myths/stories were very entertaining. The catacombs were very interesting and the fact that it is still a working monastery amazing. Thank you so much. Harry and Kerry Williams

, May 2018

This tour was the biggest joke. The person collecting money was late. The tour guide was leaving people behind and had to be told 3 separate times to stop and wait. He didn't seem to know much about the site either. Waste of money-do the tour on your own.

, Apr 2018

My favorite tour of all time, though I am partial to the art history side of this tour and it happened to be that there were just a few of us to make a real intimate experience. I felt I could really ask my questions and get to know San Clement. This tour is a must. Be prepared to purchase books on your way out - no photography allowed, but youll want to remember the stories behind those mosaics forever. Such an amazing piece of history to walk through from the ground floor 12th century basilica, down to a 4th century church, all the way down to late 1st century apartments, an alter to Mithros, and running water from Neros canals! Youll leave wondering what the apartments below even this last floor must be like, but alas, they havent uncovered it yet!

, Apr 2018

Fascinating both from a historical and archeological perspective. Definitely recommend. It is 1000% better with a guide

, Mar 2018
, Dec 2017

This is a must see!

, Oct 2017

This is a hidden gem! Really cool. Fascinating to no end. Highly recommend. Five minute walk from Colosseum. Viator never lets me down. They are the best!

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