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San Clemente Underground Tour

including the Basilica
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78 reviews

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.. Read more

  • Descend 100 feet underground in the Basilica of San Clemente

  • Visit an the ancient mithraic temple hidden at the lowest level of the excavations

  • Admire one of the most beautiful Mosaics in the world

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Children
(8 - 16)
09 january 2023
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San Clemente Underground Tour

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About the tour

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.

Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun

1.5 hours - departure 3:00PM

English


what’s included
  • English-speaking Tour Leader
  • Entrance fee to San Clemente Archeological Site
what’s excluded
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
Katrin H

TripAdvisor 14 May, 2024

Beste Führung

Die Tour mit unserem Guide Gina war einfach nur toll Wir haben bereits einige geführte Touren durch Rom gemacht aber ihre hat uns bisher am besten gefallen Die Gruppe war nicht zu groß und Gina hat uns ganz viele Details zu dem Gebäude und zur Geschichte erzählt Es war sehr interessant und einfach unglaublich angenehm ihr zuzuhören

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Itinerary

Starting Point

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’.

Ending Point

Tour ends at St. Clement's Basilica at 4:30PM

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.

Additional information


  • We recommend the use of comfortable shoes
  • Something to cover shoulders and knees for entrance into churches.

Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun

  • We are unfortunately unable to accomodate guests with wheelchairs.
  • Guests must be able to climb and descend stairs on their own.


  • 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.

In order to be eligible for a full refund your tour must be modified/cancelled by e-mail (info@ecoarttravel.com) no less than 24 hours before your scheduled departure time.

Reviews
Katrin H
TripAdvisor
14 May, 2024
Beste Führung

Die Tour mit unserem Guide Gina war einfach nur toll Wir haben bereits einige geführte Touren durch Rom gemacht aber ihre hat uns bisher am besten gefallen Die Gruppe war nicht zu groß und Gina hat uns ganz viele Details zu dem Gebäude und zur Geschichte erzählt Es war sehr interessant und einfach unglaublich angenehm ihr zuzuhören


_O759MC
TripAdvisor
05 May, 2024
Japanese people challenged

Hi GinaThank you very much We could enjoy San Clemente Underground and Basilica Tour in Rome We come from Japan When l knew this tour l was worried about English tour But we have a daughter who speaks English so we decided to changed it Finally we enjoyed it and we could see the unbelievable things Someday we want to comeback to Rome Because we couldnt see everything 日本からツアーに参加しました英語のツアーしかなく心配しましたが楽しむことができました きっかけはNHKラジオまいにちイタリア語講座でこの教会のことを取り上げていて興味を持ったからです100分からなくても自分の目と肌で感じることができ良かったです


carmelalasorsa
Viator
03 May, 2024
Fascinating tour

I dont have enough superlatives to describe Gina our tour guide for San Clemente She has such a wealth of knowledge about the history of Rome and made our tour a truly memorable experience


Oliver_O
Viator
02 May, 2024
Underground churches

Amazing Too bad we cant take pictures but still awesome Highly recommended so much history preserved


Suzanne_B
Viator
02 May, 2024
Travelling Back in Time

Gina was a very knowledgeable guide she was clear personable and attentive to her tour members The Basilica San Clemente was fascinating the three different time periods and levels associated with each time period were amazing



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