Just a stone’s throw from the Colosseum, you will find one of Rome’s hidden gems, the 12th-century Basilica and the archeological site of San Clemente. Visit this incredible place and navigate three underground levels which uncover over 2,000 years of history. The Basilica reveals a sparkling gold mosaic in the central nave. What lies beneath the Basilica remained a secret until 1860 when a flood led an Irish Dominican Roman Catholic priest and archaeologist to discover the levels beneath.
Today, the excavations are still not complete but you can descend 100 feet underground. At the first level is a 4th-century Basilica, which was long forgotten after the construction of the 12th-century Basilica above. Further down are the remains of an ancient pagan Mithraic temple, complete with an altar. Past the temple are the ruins of ancient Roman homes. All of this is incredibly preserved and was painstakingly excavated. At the lowest level, discover the underground spring which caused the chaos that led to the underground discovery.
Visit the Basilica of San Pietro in Vincoli, the Church of St. Peter in Chains. Here, you will find one of the most prized relics of the Catholic church, what are said to be the chains that bound St. Peter while he was a prisoner in Jerusalem. The chains are visible and located under the main altar of the church. Here, you will also see one of Michelangelo’s most important sculptures, which was carved specifically for this space. A close look at this magnificent sculpture of Moses reveals two horns on his head. Your guide will reveal why.
You meet with your guide in front of St Clemente Basilica entrance across the street from Hostaria i Clementini at Via di S. Giovanni in Laterano, 106 at 2:45PM to enter in and visit it. Then you will walk a few minutes to get to the other church called St Peter's in Chain, visit it and finish the tour at 5:00PM
Tour meets at 2:45PM sharp for a strict 3:00PM departure.
Meeting point is in front of St Clemente Basilica entrance across the street from Hostaria i Clementini at Via di S. Giovanni in Laterano, 106
The nearest metro stop is Line B ‘Colosseo’.
Tour ends at St.Peter in Chains Church at 5:00PM
- A paying adult must accompany all minors under 18 years of age.
- Children 5 and under can join for free.
- This tour involves walking on uneven terrain and is not suitable for guests who are unable to walk or climb/descend stairs on their own.
What to Bring
- We recommend the use of comfortable shoes
- Something to cover shoulders and knees since we are going inside 2 churches
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In order to be eligible for a full refund your tour must be modified/cancelled by e-mail (email@example.com) no less than 72 hours before your scheduled departure time.