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.
You meet with your guide close to the St. Clement's Basilica entrance. You will enter the church and descend into the underground, exploring. After, you will visit the main church and admire the mosaics and frescoes.
Meeting point is near S. Clemente Basilica, at the corner located at Via di S. Giovanni in Laterano, 126. Please note the meeting point is an outdoor location and not an office, and the address given is indicative. Please arrive 15 minutes early for check-in.
The nearest metro stop is Line B ‘Colosseo’.
Tour ends at St. Clement's Basilica at 4:30PM
- A paying adult must accompany all minors under 17 years of age.
- Children 7 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 for entrance into 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 24 hours before your scheduled departure time.
Where is the meeting point?
The meeting point is located in Via di San Giovanni Laterano 126.
At what time should we arrive there?
On the day of the visit you should arrive at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before the scheduled time of your tour.
In which cases do I have access to a free ticket?
The ticket is free for children up to 16 years of age accompanied by their parents (only available together with a full ticket). Also for invalids and accompanying persons.
In which cases do I have access to a reduced ticket?
The reduced ticket is for school groups and for university students with a valid student card (up to 26 years).
How many people can join a single group?
Within the excavations groups can be formed by a maximum of 25 people plus the guide.
Can I take photos inside?
Yes, photography and filming is allowed in the Basilica and in the excavations without flash.
If I have a wheelchair or a scooter, can I enter the museums?
Due to the architectural structure of the complex, wheelchair and scooter access to the excavations is not possible.
Can I bring food and drinks inside the museum?
It’s forbidden to bring in food and/or drinks inside.
Can I bring luggage or instruments inside?
It’s forbidden to bring in bulky objects such as luggage, musical instruments or similar.
How long is the visit?
The duration time of the visit is about 1 hour and a half.