- Meeting time: 9:45AM
- Short walk from metro station to St. Clement’s
- 1.5 hrs to explore 4 levels of the Basilica
- End time: 11:30AM
- End of tour inside of St. Clement’s
- Expert, English speaking guide
- Guided 1.5 hrs tour
If you don't have 3.5 hours to take our UNDERGROUND ROME CRYPTS GRAVES AND CATACOMBS tour, join us on this in-depth tour of underground Rome at Saint Clement's basilica, hidden deep beneath the ancient streets of Rome.
With the help of our expert English-speaking guide explore one of the hidden treasures of The Eternal City and have a taste of archaeological lasagna that we call Rome. Saint Clement's Basilica is extremely important because it is a perfect example of the Roman layering effect and contains two thousand years of history, buried underground, in the same building. On this tour you will have a chance to explore four levels of ancient Rome hidden deep beneath the floor of the 12th century Basilica, uncover some of the secrets of its past, and travel two thousand years back in time.
City of Rome has one of the largest, if not the largest subterranean cities in the world. Underground Rome is so vast that every time we dig, we find something new; buildings, palaces, castles etc. As the street level was rising higher and higher, the Romans rarely demolished the old buildings, but most of the time they simply built new atop, creating layer after layer. This building technique effectively created what we call "Archaeological Lasagna".
Saint Clement's Basilica is an ancient church built in the 12th century that was built on top of 4th century Basilica dedicated to the same saint, the 4th century Basilica was built on top of Mithraic Temple built by the followers of this cult in the 2nd century, and finally the Mithraic Temple was built above the 1st century public building. In Saint Clement's Basilica we have two thousand years of history of Rome under the same roof.
Not accessible to the wheelchairs. Wear comfortable shoes.