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Basilica of St Clement underground skip the line guided tour

Availability: Monday-Sunday
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Language: English, French, German
Mobile voucher accepted
Do this because
  • Explore all 3 layers of the miraculous Basilica of San Clemente
  • Marvel at medieval mosaics that cover the whole 12th-century church
  • Walk through a maze of tufa stone corridors beneath the streets of Rome
  • See the 4th-century frescoes about the life of St. Alexius
What to expect

Explore the 3-tiered Basilica of San Clemente in central Rome, and discover a unique church built over 3 periods; the 12th century, 4th century, and 1st century AD.

Skip the long lines to enter the church, located near the Colosseum in a quiet corner of the former Roman Republic. Start with the 12th century Basilica, built by Cardinal Anastasius, and admire the rich decorations, such as the Byzantine Apse mosaic with an arabesque motif of scrolled acanthus tendrils. Learn about the Schola Cantorum, and marvel at floor mosaics that cover the entire floor.

Then, travel back to the 4th century as you head to the underground Basilica (the 12th-century church was built over this basilica). Explore its aisles and central nave, as your guide explains the story of the frescoes telling the life of St Alexius and St Clemente.

Step even further below ground, and head to the lowest levels of the Basilica to see the remains of a 1st-century building of the Republican era. Discover secret rooms, such as the altar dedicated to Mithras and the Mithraic Schoolroom, as well as a maze of rooms and corridors made of tufa block.

Learn about the life of San Clemente, and how and why the Basilica was built the way it is, with all its miraculous mosaics, frescoes and hidden corridors.

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What's included
  • Professional, licensed guide
  • Headsets to be able to hear your guide at all times
  • Skip-the-line entrance
  • Groups of maximum 15 people
What's not included
  • Entrance fees to the underground Basilica of San Clemente
  • Hotel pick-up & drop-off
  • Food & drinks
Meeting point:

Meet on Piazza San Clemente, in front of the main entrance to the Basilica di San Clemente. The nearest Metro station is "Colosseo," which is a 5-minute walk approximately. Your guide will hold a "Mea Tours" sign. Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before tour starts.

What to remember

Please note that admission fee to the underground Basilica is not included in the tour rate. Admission is EUR 13 per adult and must be paid directly to your guide before tour starts. If you are under 26 years old, admission fee is EUR 6 (a valid student ID card is required).

As you are entering a sacred place, it is important that you have your knees and shoulders covered, no tank tops is permitted inside the Basilica.
Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before tour starts.

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Tour start at 3.30pm

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