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Basilica of San Clemente al Laterano (Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano) Tours

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Basilica of San Clemente al Laterano (Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano)
Rome’s Basilica of San Clemente al Laterano (Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano) offers wonders both above and below ground. The interior of the 12th-century church is richly decorated with Byzantine mosaics considered among Italy’s best, and below the surface are two layers of ancient ruins including a fourth-century basilica, a temple, and a first-century villa. 

The Basics
When visiting the San Clemente al Laterano, you can admire the present-day church—home to spectacular mosaics and the tombs of St. Clement and St. Cyril—before heading underground to tour the excavations below. Here, you’ll find well-preserved frescoes, a pagan temple dedicated to Mithras, and the remains of a Roman house.

There are thousands of years of history to take in at the basilica, so the best way to visit is by joining a private guided tour of the church and underground excavation sites with skip-the-line entry. Many tours of San Clemente al Laterano also visit the Capuchin Crypt and accompanying museum. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Basilica of San Clemente al Laterano is ideal for history buffs.
  • Book a skip-the-line tour to avoid long waits, especially in the summer months.
  • San Clemente is a Catholic church—modest clothing, covering shoulders and knees, and a respectful decorum are required.
  • Photography is not allowed inside the basilica.
  • The excavations beneath San Clemente are not accessible to wheelchairs or strollers.

How to Get There
The Basilica of San Clemente al Laterano is located on Piazza San Clemente near the Colosseum. Take metro line B from the Termini train station to the Colosseo stop.

When to Get There
The church and underground excavations are open daily year-round; check the website for hours and mass times. The site is a cool reprieve from the summer heat, yet can be very crowded during this time.

San Clemente History
San Clemente was built on top of an older basilica dating from the fourth century, which in turn was built on the remains of a villa owned by a wealthy Roman, probably destroyed by the great fire in AD 64.
Address: Piazza San Clemente, Rome, Italy
Admission: Varies
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Underground Tour of St. Clements Church & Capuchin Crypt for Families with Marco

Underground Tour of St. Clements Church & Capuchin Crypt for Families with Marco

Go underground in Rome during a walking tour designed for families. Keep the kids involved with games and quizzes as you explore beneath St. Clement’s Basilica. See temple ruins dating back to ancient Rome and visit the Crypt of the Capuchins, home to several rooms decorated with the bones of over 4,000 monks, beneath the Our Lady of the Conception church.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$179.42
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St. Clements Basilica and Quattro Coronati Church Small-Group Tour

St. Clements Basilica and Quattro Coronati Church Small-Group Tour

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Modern Rome sits on top of layers of history, and nowhere is this more evident than in the Basilica of San Clemente. On this guided tour, explore above and below ground by visiting the 12th-century church and its three levels of underground ruins that date from the 1st to the 4th centuries. Afterwards, move on to the 4th-century Santi Quattro Coronati, one of the most ancient basilicas in the city.
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  • 3 hours
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Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour

Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour

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Go underground to see Rome’s ancient catacombs and crypts on a half-day tour. Visit the Domitilla Catacomb and Basilica of San Clemente with skip-the-line access, plus visit the Capuchin Crypt, where you’ll see a Caravaggio painting and marvel at a chapel made entirely out of human bones. Learn about past burial customs and secret Christian worship spots during this fascinating exploration into the history of Rome.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$83.09
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San Clemente Underground, Church & St. Peter in Chains Tour

San Clemente Underground, Church & St. Peter in Chains Tour

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Discover the archaeological layers underneath the Basilica of San Clemente on a guided tour of this 12th-century church. Descend three levels under the church to see a 4th-century basilica, the remains of an ancient pagan Mitraic temple, and further below, the ruins of ancient Roman homes. Then walk to the nearby Basilica of St. Peter in Chains to view ancient relics and Michelangelo's famous sculpture of Moses.
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  • 2 hours
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$61.47
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Ancient Catacombs and Underground Rome | Semi-Private and Private Tours

Ancient Catacombs and Underground Rome | Semi-Private and Private Tours

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Go underground in Rome and explore the city’s ancient catacombs with this small group walking tour. In a group limited to six people, follow your guide through narrow passageways to see tombs of some of Rome’s first Christian citizens. Learn about artwork on the walls and hear stories about the rituals once held in these spooky spaces.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Exclusive Rome Underground San Clemente Basilica Small-Group Tour - VIP Entrance

Exclusive Rome Underground San Clemente Basilica Small-Group Tour - VIP Entrance

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Discover some of Rome's hidden treasures on this small-group tour that takes you from the arenas of the ancient republic to the sublime art of the High Renaissance. Admire sacred relics and an unfinished masterpiece by Michelangelo at San Pietro in Vincoli church, and see where gladiators prepared for battle at the Ludus Magnus near the Colosseum. Then, take an underground archaeological tour through millennia of Roman history at the multi-layered Basilica of San Clemente al Laterano.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$81.88
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Underground Rome -- Saint Clement's Church

Underground Rome -- Saint Clement's Church

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As if going 45 feet underground weren't exciting enough, we'll see the remains of 2000-year-old Roman buildings, frescoes from the year 1000, and touch on ideas like Rome's rising ground level and the history of religion...
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$142.17
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Off The Beaten Track: Underground Tour of Rome

Off The Beaten Track: Underground Tour of Rome

Benefit from a private half-day tour that takes you into three underground attractions in Rome. Visit the Basilica of San Clemente, the Museum and Crypt of Capuchins, and Vicus Caprarius – the City of Water with your own private guide who shares live commentary about each site. Learn about Capuchin friars, ancient aqueducts, and more as you see several lesser-known places that are worth seeking out.
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  • 3 hours
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$204.71
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Rome Catacombs Tour: with St Clement & Temple of Mithras (Small-Group of 7)

Rome Catacombs Tour: with St Clement & Temple of Mithras (Small-Group of 7)

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Venture beneath the lofty churches and bustling city streets of Rome to discover the ancient mysteries of the Domitilla catacombs. Follow in the footsteps of early Christians as you explore this underground network of tunnels and burial chambers, and marvel at the macabre. You’ll also discover thousands of years of spirituality at an underground Mithraic temple, a pagan sanctuary buried under the famous Basilica of St. Clement.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$119.21
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Underground Rome Tour: St. Clement and Celian Houses

Underground Rome Tour: St. Clement and Celian Houses

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Discover what ancient sites lies beneath Rome’s already historical streets on an underground tour. Following a guide, explore a labyrinth of hidden churches, temples, tombs and narrow streets 50 feet (15 meters) below the modern-day street level. See houses of Roman senators, abandoned shops and even a subterranean spring. You’ll start at the Basilica of St Clement to head below ground, plus visit the ancient church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo on Celian Hill.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$86.56
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Rome Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Crypts and Catacombs plus Ghost and Mystery Walking Tour

Rome Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Crypts and Catacombs plus Ghost and Mystery Walking Tour

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Discover the dark side of Rome on this Super Saver that combines two bestselling tours into one fascinating and fearsome sightseeing experience. You’ll start with a tour to the Appian Way to visit Domitilla Catacombs, where you’ll skip the line with priority admission. Learn about burial customs in Ancient Rome, and visit the Basilica of San Clemente and the Capuchin Crypt for a look at a chapel made entirely of bones. Then explore central Rome on a night tour that introduces you to the Eternal City’s many ghosts and mysteries.
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  • 8 hours
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$101.15
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Small Group Tour: Christian Rome and Underground Basilicas Half-Day Tour

Small Group Tour: Christian Rome and Underground Basilicas Half-Day Tour

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Explore the Christian basilicas and landmark locations in Rome on this guided, 3-hour, small-group tour. Visit the Basilica of San Clemente, the ancient Santi Quattro Coronati, the Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran. Learn fascinating facts about these and other basilicas along the way. Skip-the-line entrance tickets to the Basilica of San Clemente provided. Please dress conservatively. Attire such as shorts, miniskirts and uncovered shoulders are not allowed. Rome hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 3 hours
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$110.78
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Rome Underground Walking Tour

Rome Underground Walking Tour

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Most travelers have little idea of what lies beneath Rome’s bustling streets. Go underground with a guide to explore the secrets of the city, including a buried church, an apartment building with well-preserved frescoes, and a 1700-year-old water fountain. Your guide gives you necessary context as you walk through archaeological sites hidden from the public eye.
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  • 3 hours
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$59.00
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Exploring Ancient Rome Private Tour

Exploring Ancient Rome Private Tour

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Step back in time with this half-day private tour of Rome. Start at the Colosseum, using your skip-the-line access to breeze right in past the always-long queue. Learn about the gladiator brawls that took pace here 2,000 years ago from your private guide before heading over to the Roman Forum to walk amongst the ruins of the erstwhile center of the Roman universe. Explore the fascinating Basilica of St. Clement, an 11th-century church built on top of a 4th-century church that was built on a 1st-century nobleman's house.
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  • 4 hours
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$309.96
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Between Holy Doors

Between Holy Doors

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What exactly can you expect from this tour? Immerse yourself in the Rome of the Popes, where stories, wonders, legends and reality blur and harmonize with today's Rome. You will be guided by one of our local, certified tour guides. What makes our guides special is their passion for Rome and they want to share it with you. Highlights of the tour: On this tour, you will experience "Santa Maria Maggiore", which contains one of the four Holy Doors. Then we will reveal the hidden basilica "Santa Prasede" and its secrets. Followed by "San Pietro in Vincoli" where you will see the statue of Moses by Michelangelo and the miraculous chains of St. Peter. Then we will visit two of the oldest churches in the city: "Santi Quattro Coronati" with the legend of Pope Sylvester "San Clemente", dedicated to the fourth Pope "Clemens I" The tour culminates in a visit to the arch-basilica of "San Giovanni in Laterano", which contains another of the four Holy Doors.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$36.13
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Colosseum & Basilica of Saint Clement & Tomb of Saint Cyril - Private Tour Skip the line

Colosseum & Basilica of Saint Clement & Tomb of Saint Cyril - Private Tour Skip the line

Travel back in time to explore the 2000-years-long history of Rome in the most breathtaking places of the Eternal City: the famous Colosseum and the Basilica of Saint Clement, a three-tiered complex of buildings dated from Ancient Rome to the Middle Ages, treasure trove of spectacular mosaics and beautiful frescoes. Discover the symbol of Rome, the Colosseum, and the secrets of the gladiators and exotic beasts that fought to the death in its stunning arena. Follow the steps of great Emperors to the Roman Forum, the very heart of the old city, where they built marvellous temples, stunning arches of triumph and amazing palaces. Enjoy the best view over Rome from the panoramic terrace of the Palatine Hill: a unique chance for amazing pictures! See the gladiators’ school, where slaves and enemies of Rome learned to fight for the entertainment of Emperors, senators and common people in the nearby Colosseum. Finally enter the fascinating world of the Basilica of Saint Clement, where time seems to have frozen: explore the underground levels, from Ancient Romans’ houses to the first Christian shrine, and admire the wonderful mosaics and gilded ceilings of the Middle Ages church. Discover the secrets of the beautiful altar of the Mithraeum, a sanctuary of the exotic pagan cult of the god Mithras, the tomb of the famous Saint Cyril and the stunning frescoes of the 4th-century Christian church. This tour is kids-friendly and can be customized to meet your requests and special needs! Please contact us!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Private tour of the Roman Catacombs and Basilica of San Clemente: tickets included

Private tour of the Roman Catacombs and Basilica of San Clemente: tickets included

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Discover the underground of Rome accompanied by your private guide! You will have the chance to walk the winding underground galleries of the Catacombs of Priscilla, where the Christians were buried. Then continue to the Basilica of San Clemente: you will descend until you reach the Temple of Mitra and a Roman house dating back to the 1st century, just below the Basilica. Please note that this tour includes at least 2 taxi transfers (NOT included in the tour price) to move from one site to another. Photographs and videos are not allowed inside the Catacombs of Priscilla and in the cellars of San Clemente. It is advisable to wear sober clothing suitable for entering the church.
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  • 3 hours
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Colosseum For Kids with Underground of San Clemente's Basilica

Colosseum For Kids with Underground of San Clemente's Basilica

Break down the history of the iconic history of the Colosseum to your kids' learning level on this private tour in Rome. With a dedicated guide in the lead, spend three hours exploring and learning about the ancient history and role of the Colosseum in Roman culture. Skip-the-line access means your kids won't grow bored waiting in long lines.
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  • 3 hours
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$258.90
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Exclusive Rome Undergrounds| San Clemente Basilica Private Tour | VIP Entrance

Exclusive Rome Undergrounds| San Clemente Basilica Private Tour | VIP Entrance

A 2.5-hour tour for those who want to experience the treasures of Rome off the beaten path. You will be introduced to art and architecture from antiquity through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. With your professional art historian guide, visit San Clemente underground, San Pietro in Vincoli church, and Ludus Magnus. This Exclusive Private Tour will brings you into the depths of history and you can maximise your time enjoying awesome experience. Tour for family with kids, groups of friends and couples.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$167.38
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Private Tour For Kids of Colosseum and San Clemente's Basilica

Private Tour For Kids of Colosseum and San Clemente's Basilica

Bring history to life for all the family with this child-focused Colosseum and Basilica of San Clemente al Laterano tour. With commentary, games, and tablets to keep the kids engaged, the private tour offers a more personal experience to help you all get the most out of your Rome tour. Hear secrets of the gladiators as you stroll around the Colosseum terraces, then visit the Basilica of San Clemente al Laterano to discover layers of history under the main church.
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$238.43
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Underground Rome Capuchins' Crypt & San Clemente Basilica Tour w Hotel Pick-up

Underground Rome Capuchins' Crypt & San Clemente Basilica Tour w Hotel Pick-up

Immerse yourselves in the underground crypts of Rome on this private 3-hour guided tour. You will experience the Basilica of San Clemente, the Crypt of the Capuchins and much more besides. You will be transported from place to place by your guide, and you will discover the appearance that these places would have had in the past. You will be picked up from your accomodation within the city center of Roma so please provide accurate address.
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  • 3 hours
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$263.71
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Adventure for Kids: Colosseum and San Clemente Walking Tour

Adventure for Kids: Colosseum and San Clemente Walking Tour

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Visit the Colosseum and the Underground of San Clemente Basilica with a kid-expert guide! See the great Amphitheater that is the ultimate symbol of Rome, led by your expert guide. Gladiators, Emperors and undergrounds of the ancient City's facts and stories will entertain and engage you and the younger ones! From the Colosseum, your next stop is San Clemente Basilica. Travel back in time discovering the hidden secrets of its underground built on three levels through visual aids. The intriguing golden mosaics will recount to you more than 2000 years' history: feel free to ask your enthusiastic guide questions as you play finding traces of Roman past. On your way to San Clemente, see the Ludus Magnus, the place where the brave men called Gladiators used to prepare their fights. Take this opportunity to explore Rome in an exciting way!
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$250.88
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Private Tour - St. Clemente and the Oratory of St. Silvestro

Private Tour - St. Clemente and the Oratory of St. Silvestro

We will visit together two very interesting location, to discover at the same time the Medieval and the Underground Rome. It will be surprising to enter in the Church of St. Clement, with the stunning mosaics of the upper floor, the astonishing frescoes of the middle floor and the adventurous atmosphere of the deepest floor, related with ancient roman buildings and temples. From there, we will move to the Oratory of St. Silvestro, to enjoy the splendid little room entirely dedicated to the roman Emperor Constantine. The last Judgment painted on the counterfaçade is considered a masterwork of the Medieval Art in Rome.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$120.42
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Underground Rome Private Tour:Roman Houses on the Celio and St. Clemente Scavi

Underground Rome Private Tour:Roman Houses on the Celio and St. Clemente Scavi

Enjoy an incredible adventure and discover the secret spots hidden underneath Rome. Explore Roman Houses on the Celio Hill and admire their beautiful frescoes while learning what life was like 2,000 years ago in one of the wealthiest neighbourhoods in Rome. Continue with the Basilica of San Clemente, an early Christian basilica not far from the Colosseum and dedicated to Pope St. Clement.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$250.88
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Kid-Friendly Underground Rome Tour with St Clement's Basilica & Capuchins Crypt

Kid-Friendly Underground Rome Tour with St Clement's Basilica & Capuchins Crypt

On this 2.5-hour tour you will go down 15 metres underground discovering the four layers of St.Clement’s Basilica, and you will visit a creepy crypt covered by the bones of the capuchin monks. With multimedia tools, games and quizzes, your top-rated kid-friendly guide wil lead you on an exciting visit to St. Clement’s Basilica and the Crypt of the Capuchins. What are you waiting for? Join us and you will have a thrilling experience!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$225.18
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