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

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 3 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

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.
  • Visit the Basilica of San Clemente and its ancient underground ruins
  • Take in historic Santi Quattro Coronati and its Oratorio di San Silvestro
  • Skip-the-line entry to both basilicas to maximize your time inside
  • A guide to explain the impressive mosaics, frescoes, and cosmatesque work
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Entrance fees (15EUR per adult,10EUR per under18yo,10EUR per student 18yo and 25 yo with student ID)
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Departure Point

Piazza di San Clemente, Piazza di S. Clemente, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Departure Time

3:30 PM

Return Details

Via dei SS. Quattro, 103, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
Get below the surface of modern Rome with an in-depth tour of the Basilica of San Clemente. See how excavations revealed hidden layers underneath the church.

Enjoy skip-the-line entry with your guide and begin in the 12th-century church at street level. Admire the gorgeous 13th-century mosaics in the apse of the basilica as well as the floor. Learn about the Schola Cantorum, which includes some elements of the earlier basilica, before descending the stairs.

See what remains of the 4th-century basilica, including the former central nave and aisles, as you learn about the saints shown in the frescoes on this level—San Clemente and Sant'Alessio (Alexius).

Continue deeper under the basilica to see the remains of a 3rd-century Mithraic altar in a small temple room. Visit the very lowest level under the church to see part of a 1st-century Roman home.

Then move on to the Santi Quattro Coronati Church, built in the 4th-century, and was built in tribute to the four Roman soldiers who were executed for refusing to adore Esculapio. Visit the Oratorio di San Silvestro, with frescoes dating back to the 13th century and show some episodes from the legend of Costantino.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Basilica of San Clemente
As you enter, listen to your guide to learn about the 3-tiered basilica, which was built over the 1st, 4th, and 12th centuries.  Starting inside the 12th-century building, you’ll admire the rich ornamentation of the interior as you hear about Cardinal Anastasius for whom the church was built.  Gaze at a Byzantine mosaic with an arabesque motif, and stare in wonder at the frescoed floor of the edifice. The 4th-century basilica lies one level beneath the ground. Head down to explore the aisles and central naves as your guide talks about St. Alexius and St. Clemente, whose lives are depicted in magnificent frescoes.  Walk down to the basilica’s lowest level where the remains of the 1st-century building await. Discover once-secret rooms, such as a Mithraic schoolroom, and work your way around a tangle of rooms and corridors made from volcanic stone.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Ss. Quattro Coronati
Your next site to visit during this tour is the Santi Quattro Coronati Church: originally buit in C. IV the church owes its name to the tradition of the martyrdom of four Roman soldiers who refused to adore Esculapio. You will visit the Oratorio di San Silvestro with the decorations with frescoes dated C. XIII wich show some episodes from the legend of Costantino.  The assemble of buildings still show the severe character it had during the Middle Ages, when it was used as a defensive bastion fro the nearby Basilica di San Giovanni.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Mea ToursEvents S.r.l.

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during St. Clements Basilica and Quattro Coronati Church Small-Group Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by St. Clements Basilica and Quattro Coronati Church Small-Group Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during St. Clements Basilica and Quattro Coronati Church Small-Group Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by St. Clements Basilica and Quattro Coronati Church Small-Group Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during St. Clements Basilica and Quattro Coronati Church Small-Group Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by St. Clements Basilica and Quattro Coronati Church Small-Group Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during St. Clements Basilica and Quattro Coronati Church Small-Group Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by St. Clements Basilica and Quattro Coronati Church Small-Group Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during St. Clements Basilica and Quattro Coronati Church Small-Group Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by St. Clements Basilica and Quattro Coronati Church Small-Group Tour.

Traveler Tips


  • "Perhaps the best thing here is the relatively easy access to the Mitra Mithra temple, at the lowest level." See review

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Very interesting tour in and below the nicest church in Rome
Susanne H
, Jun 2019
We went to San Clemente because a friend who knows Rome well had recommended it. For us it was one of the highlights of our visit to Rome. Such an interesting history in the 3 levels and such a beautiful church. Tour is highly recommended. Excellent organisation, and knowledgeable, friendly guide.
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Great tour
mysfyt
, Oct 2018
Great tour of the multiple historic levels of this basilica. Our guide from MEA tours was excellent.
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Highly recommended. The tour guide with...
Clarke M
, Oct 2018
Highly recommended. The tour guide with Mea Tours was excellent. No photos are allowed, per the church's rules. But there is a gift shop with post cards. Perhaps the best thing here is the relatively easy access to the Mitra Mithra temple, at the lowest level.
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Our tour guide, Alexander, arrived to...
desdoes
, Sep 2018
Our tour guide, Alexander, arrived to our meeting point a bit late and seemed a bit scattered in general. He was very kind and knowledgable, but sort of soft-spoken and difficult to listen to. I think he tried his best, though, and the tour moved at a good pace. Overall, it was a decent tour and we learned quite a bit. The place is definitely worth seeing.
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Superb tour with Alessandro. So...
Kerry EW
, Jun 2018
Superb tour with Alessandro. So much history attached to this ancient little church and the myths/stories were very entertaining. The catacombs were very interesting and the fact that it is still a working monastery amazing. Thank you so much. Harry and Kerry Williams
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This tour was the biggest joke. The...
Jerry H
, May 2018
This tour was the biggest joke. The person collecting money was late. The tour guide was leaving people behind and had to be told 3 separate times to stop and wait. He didn't seem to know much about the site either. Waste of money-do the tour on your own.
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My favorite tour of all time, though...
Jessica T
, Apr 2018
My favorite tour of all time, though I am partial to the art history side of this tour and it happened to be that there were just a few of us to make a real intimate experience. I felt I could really ask my questions and get to know San Clement. This tour is a must. Be prepared to purchase books on your way out - no photography allowed, but youll want to remember the stories behind those mosaics forever. Such an amazing piece of history to walk through from the ground floor 12th century basilica, down to a 4th century church, all the way down to late 1st century apartments, an alter to Mithros, and running water from Neros canals! Youll leave wondering what the apartments below even this last floor must be like, but alas, they havent uncovered it yet!
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Fascinating both from a historical...
Ryan W
, Apr 2018
Fascinating both from a historical and archeological perspective. Definitely recommend. It is 1000% better with a guide
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This is a hidden gem! Really cool...
Stephen C
, Oct 2017
This is a hidden gem! Really cool. Fascinating to no end. Highly recommend. Five minute walk from Colosseum. Viator never lets me down. They are the best!
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A most visit!!! It was amazing and our...
Rose C
, Jul 2017
A most visit!!! It was amazing and our guide was very knowledgeable!
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