Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano

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  • Rome: Roman Catacombs Semi-Private Tour

    1. Rome: Roman Catacombs Semi-Private Tour

    Meet your guide in the city center and head towards the Appian Way in a comfortable minivan. Reach one of the largest and oldest catacombs of Rome and venture 52 feet (16 meters) below the surface into the otherworldly crypts of Domitilla.

    Explore its endless maze of underground burial chambers, spread across 4 levels. Be captivated by ancient wall paintings of mythological and biblical figures and discover the religious symbolism of the frescoes.

    Learn about the shift from paganism to Christianity and hear about early martyrs and persecutions. Live the excitement of gradually exploring different layers of history.

    Complete your underworld experience in the 4th-century subterranean Basilica of Nereus and Achilleus. Then jump back in the minivan return to the city center.

    The entire tour was well-organized. Comfortable transportation and respect to COVID protocols (vaccines cards, green passes, masks, etc.). Our tour guide, Marle, was very kind and knowledgable, very passionate, enriching the tour with details and anecdotes about the Romans lives and Christian history. Highly recommend!

  • Rome: Catacombs & Crypts Tour with Roman Aqueducts

    2. Rome: Catacombs & Crypts Tour with Roman Aqueducts

    Escape the crowds of the Colosseum and Vatican, and explore the darker side of Rome on a 3-hour and 15-minute small group tour of the ancient catacombs and crypts. Venture to parts of the city that few visitors ever see, traveling between sites by air-conditioned minibus. First, follow your guide to 3 memorable sites, each revealing the extraordinary secrets of Ancient Rome. They include the labyrinthine Roman Catacombs that were part burial ground and part refuge for the persecuted early Christians of Ancient Rome. Then, visit the Capuchin Crypt, known locally as the “Bone Chapel,” and marvel at the walls, decorated with the bones more than 4,000 monks. To finish out the day in style, visit perhaps one of the most spectacular sites in all of Rome - the Roman Aqueducts. Enjoy time to explore and understand this monumental landmark from a stunning vantage point.

    Andrea is the best guide ever! He made a lot of jokes and can talk very interesting. If we come back to Rome we will look for him ;) Greetz, belgium girls.

  • Rome: Crypts & Catacombs Tour with Bone Chapel Visit

    3. Rome: Crypts & Catacombs Tour with Bone Chapel Visit

    Beneath the sun-baked streets of Rome lie cool, shadowed spaces that hide layer upon layer of history. Beat the heat with air-conditioned travel and Skip-the-Line access directly down into three different, but equally fascinating archaeological finds. First, you’ll visit the hallowed catacombs where, beneath their persecutors’ feet, early Christians practiced their forbidden faith. Almost 2,000 years ago, this network of secret tunnels doubled as a place of worship and burial ground. As you explore tombs carved out of solid rock, your guide – a local, expert English speaker – will relate the fascinating history of this sacred spot. From here, the coach will take you back within the city walls to the Basilica of San Martino ai Monti. Located near the edge of the Parco del Colle Oppio, this unassuming church dates back to the 4th century. Admire the stunning frescoes by artists such as P...

    History tinged with humor provided such perspective on our western world ancestors

  • Catacombs of Rome: Bus Tour with Capuchin Crypt

    4. Catacombs of Rome: Bus Tour with Capuchin Crypt

    Beneath the sun-baked streets of Rome lie cool, shadowed spaces that hide layer upon layer of history. Beat the heat with air-conditioned travel and access directly down into three different, but equally fascinating archaeological finds. Admire the hallowed catacombs where, beneath their persecutors’ feet, early Christians practiced their forbidden faith. Almost 2,000 years ago, this network of secret tunnels doubled as a place of worship and burial ground. As you explore tombs carved out of the solid rock, your guide – a local, expert English-speaker – will relate the fascinating history of this sacred spot. Visit the Capuchin Crypt. Capuchin monks used the bones of nearly 4,000 of their brothers to decorate this somber space in intricate floor-to-ceiling designs, lending it the macabre nickname of "the Bone Chapel". Your guide will tell you the theories, but it’s up to you to draw yo...

  • Crypts, Catacombs & Dark Heart of Rome Supersaver Tour

    5. Crypts, Catacombs & Dark Heart of Rome Supersaver Tour

    Delve into the unusual aspects of Rome’s history on 2 unique tours that introduce you to the ancient city's darker dimensions. Kick-off this full day with a crypts and catacombs tour that visits 3 unforgettable sites in the Eternal City. Your tour begins at the ancient Roman Catacombs. Dating back to the second century A.D. this extensive network of tunnels winds it way beneath the city. Established in the days when Nero was torturing Christians, the tunnels became a place of burial, as well as refuge and celebration. The next stop is the Basilica San Clemente, another site that few visitors ever see. Descend from a 12th century Basilica down through a huge 4th-century basilica, a 2nd-century sanctuary of the mysterious Mithraic cult and, finally, to ruins dating back to the reign of Nero and the Great Fire of 64 AD. Finish off this part of the tour with a visit to the Capuchin Crypt,...

    We only got to see 2 of the three catacombs due to a funeral at one of the churches that houses that catacomb, but were advised that a portion is being refunded because of that. There are also no photos allowed inside of the tombs - possibly due to the damaging effects of the flash to the frescos. The first catacomb did not have any remains with exception of one spot. A lot fo background information on the burial process along with wonderful paintings. The next was an active monastery where the remains were pieced together into artwork. Our tour guide, Julieta was very informative. The dark heart tour was 3 hours later and on the otherside of Central Rome. This was a walking tour to several spots with stories of dark/gruesome moments in Romes past that ends at Castel Sant'Angelo with the most gruesome story. For this part of the tour I suggest that one use the restroom prior as well as bring some water as you are continually walking and not any public restrooms at the end.

  • Rome: Catacombs & St Clement's Underground Semi-Private Tour

    6. Rome: Catacombs & St Clement's Underground Semi-Private Tour

    Explore 2 contrasting underground sights with an expert guide. Discover a hidden gem 14m below St. Clement’s Basilica and descend into the twisty tunnels of the Roman Catacombs. Meet your guide in front of St. Clement's Basilica and venture deep underground below its foundations into a mystical world of ancient cults and legends. Journey through several layers of history and earth, down to 14 meters below ground. Live the excitement of gradually exploring the later structures built on top of it on your way up to the surface. Go back in time down to the deepest point and discover the best-preserved Mithraic temple of the city. Touch the waters of an underground stream before going higher into the remains of the 4th Century Basilica, built on top of the martyr’s house and below the actual one. Walking along its imposing walls, you will be fascinated by the ancient frescoes while learning...

  • St. Clemente & Quattro Coronati Church Small Group Tour

    7. St. Clemente & Quattro Coronati Church Small Group Tour

    Meet your guide at Piazza San Clemente, pay your entrance fee, and make your way inside the square’s center piece basilica. Your skip-the-line ticket allows you to whizz past any long lines. 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, 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 awa...

    Very interesting historical place. Different centuries are represented, you can find out developing of the city.

  • Rome: Underground Temples of St. Clement's Basilica Tour

    8. Rome: Underground Temples of St. Clement's Basilica Tour

    Cross three layers of history and earth as you venture 14 meters below St Clement's Basilica. Discover the best-preserved Mithraic temple of the City 14 meters underground. Find out about the pagan cult of Ancient Romans before Christianity and be intrigued by its sectarian and esoteric side. Meet your guide after checking in at the meeting point and head towards Rome's best-kept secret. Learn about the early-Christian persecutions, martyrs and hear the legend of St. Clement, while standing in the 1st Century structure that was once his home. Feel the eerie atmosphere and touch the waters of an underground river. Journey higher into the remains of the 4th Century Underground Basilica, built on top of the martyr’s house and below the actual one. Walk along its imposing walls and be fascinated by the ancient frescoes while learning about the scenes and the lives of the martyrs they port...

    Very informative guide who described the beautiful and meaningful history of the church. The stacked medieval and then Roman structures underneath the church were the highlight

  • Rome: 3-Hour Catacombs & Basilica San Clemente Guided Tour

    9. Rome: 3-Hour Catacombs & Basilica San Clemente Guided Tour

    Head deep underground and explore the fascinating Roman Catacombs. Laid out on four levels, one on top of another, uncover 20 kilometers of underground caves and corridors still intact from over 1500 years ago. Prepare for an eerie and unique experience on your tour as you head through an impressive site in terms of engineering, and a very important destination for Christians from all over the world. Venture into one of Rome's illustrious underground attractions, and listen to your guide as they share with you some gruesome truths and memorable antidotes about these spooky underground corridors.  Your journey will be guided through the crypts of the Domitilla Catacombs, where early Christians worshiped in secret. Your guide will finish this extraordinary tour with a visit to the Basilica of San Clemente to see a church like no other, and marvel at the centuries of history displayed thr...

    Awesome and informative tour lead by fun, knowledgeable, and really kind people! Lunie was a great guide who taught us a lot about the catacombs, the basilica and Rome in general. We loved her enthusiasm and humor! Would definitely recommend this tour!

  • Christian Rome and Underground Basilicas 3-Hour Tour

    10. Christian Rome and Underground Basilicas 3-Hour Tour

    Enjoy a half-day walking tour of Christian Rome and discover underground treasures in some of the most sensational churches. Your guide will tell you fascinating facts along the way, leading you to the ancient Basilica of San Clemente, and the Cathedral of St. John in the Lateran Palace. Start at the Basilica of San Clemente, the only church in Rome to be built on 3 different levels. Constructed from the 1st to the 12th centuries, 2 underground floors can now be explored, including the Altar of Mithras from the 1st century. Continue to the church of the Santi Quattro Coronati, devoted to 4 anonymous saints and martyrs. In 2002, an extraordinary series of frescoes was uncovered depicting scenes from the Zodiac, Four Seasons, Liberal Arts, and King Solomon. Follow the story of the Emperor Constantine and Pope Sylvester in the Chapel of St. Sylvester, where it is said the famous Constitu...

    Very informative, complete, personalized and enjoyable! Roberto's knowledge is extensive and his passion for the topics covered was evident throughout. It was also refreshing to have a guide who simply shared the information without feeling the need to inject a "self-satisfied, modern cynicism" throughout like so many of the other guides we've had in Rome recently. I highly recommend this tour.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,352 reviews

The entire tour was well-organized. Comfortable transportation and respect to COVID protocols (vaccines cards, green passes, masks, etc.). Our tour guide, Marle, was very kind and knowledgable, very passionate, enriching the tour with details and anecdotes about the Romans lives and Christian history. Highly recommend!

Awesome and informative tour lead by fun, knowledgeable, and really kind people! Lunie was a great guide who taught us a lot about the catacombs, the basilica and Rome in general. We loved her enthusiasm and humor! Would definitely recommend this tour!

Great tour of the catacombs, particularly the Capuchin Crypt. Max was a great guide, both knowledgeable and funny, and the bus was comfortable and air-conditioned, yay!

It’s was an incredible experience and our guide spoke wonderful German and was so passionate and informed about the topic! I can only recommend it!!

Excellent tour, the three stops where just what me and my friend wanted to see and so much more.