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

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Venture 14 meters below St Clement's Basilica to discover a mystical world of forgotten pagan cults, early-Christian legends and frescoes.

Highlights

  • Jump into a surprising exploration close to the Colosseum
  • Venture 14 meters below ground
  • Discover an ancient Mithraic Temple and an underground river
  • Be amazed by the fascinating golden mosaic
  • Enjoy the quality of a private or small group tour

Description

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 portray. End your tour in the beautiful 12th-century Basilica at ground level. Marvel at the stunning golden mosaic in the apse, and learn about the hidden symbolism in it.

Includes

Underground entrance ticket Live professional guide Sterilised headsets One mask for person if required Full on-site assistance Luggage deposit for the duration of the tour

Important Information

  • This tour is subject to weather conditions and/or liturgic-calendar events. If canceled you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • We suggest you do not trash your empty bottle of water since you can refill it everywhere in Rome for free

Easy cancellation

Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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