St. Clements Basilica and Quattro Coronati Churches Small Group Tour
Excursions & day trips

St. Clements Basilica and Quattro Coronati Churches Small Group Tour

Free cancellation
Language: English , Italian , German
Availability: Monday-Sunday
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 1 hour 30 minutes
Safety measures applied
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
  • Explore the Santi Quattro Coronati Church
  • Includes all entrance tickets so that you can book everything together
What to expect

Meet your guide at Piazza San Clemente, and make your way inside the square’s centerpiece basilica. Your skip-the-line ticket will allow you to whisk 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, 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.

Your next site to visit during this tour is the Santi Quattro Coronati Church: originally built 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 of frescoes dated C. XIII which show some episodes from the legend of Costantino.

The assembly of buildings still show the severe character it had during the Middle Ages when it was used as a defensive bastion for the nearby Basilica di San Giovanni.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitised between use
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • Temperature screening is compulsory for all visitors
  • Staff have their temperatures checked regularly
  • Visitors over 18 must show their ID and proof of one of the following: a full vaccination or first vaccination (this requirement varies depending on the country) received at least 15 days prior, recovery from a COVID-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative result from a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the experience starts. This may also apply to those aged 12 and above
  • What's included
    • Professional, licensed guide
    • Headsets to be able to hear your guide at all times
    • Groups of maximum 15 people
    • Entrance fees to the underground Basilica of San Clemente
    What's not included
    • Food and drinks
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    Where

    Via di S. Giovanni in Laterano, 116, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

    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
    • As you are entering a sacred place, it is important that your knees and shoulders are covered, no tank tops are permitted inside the Basilica
    • Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the tour starts
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    When
    • The tour starts at 3.30pm
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    Provider
    Mea Tours&Events
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 48 hours before the experience begins.

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