Medieval Rome: Colosseum-St Clement Basilica-SS IV Coronati Complex Private tour

Rome, Italy

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Overview

With this 2-hours walking tour in the area around the Colosseum, you will learn about its use in Middle Ages. Your guide will tell about decay and reuse of Colosseum in the "dark age", when hosted workshops, stables, warehouses and fortress. Different legends depicted the Colosseum as location for black magic, till it was rehabilitated as a place of worship by the Church, with the Via Crucis.

The tour will continue to the Basilica of Saint Clement, with its three-tiered complex of buildings: from the foundations of Republic era villa, to the present Basilica built in the height of Middle Ages. In between, around 200a.D. was a sanctuary of the cult of Mithras, Iranian god, testimony of Eastern religions competitors of early Christianity.

The tour will end visiting the Basilica of Saint Quatto Coronati, an oasis of silence behind the Colosseum, hosting a beautiful cosmatesque cloister and S. Silvester chapel, with frescoes that narrate the legend of the conversion of Constantine

Ticket entrance to Saint Clement Basilica
Colosseum entrance ticket. The tour is only outside

Departure Point

Piazza del Arco di Costantino, Roma RM, Italy

Return Details

Santi Quattro Coronati, Via dei Santi Quattro, 20, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
Itinerary
Stop At:  
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Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Arco di Costantino
This monument was erected to celebrate the victory of Constantine over Maxentius, and he declared Christianity public worship. This arch is one of major examples of monuments built with intensive use of spolia, by reusing reliefs from 2nd century imperial monuments.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Colosseum
Listen to the history of Colosseum in Middle Ages: its decline and new function
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Ludus Magnus
The gym where gladiators used to train for the fights
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Basilica of San Clemente
Three different churches one on top of the other, dated back to three different eras
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Ss. Quattro Coronati
Listen to the legend about the "Donation of Constantine": was a decree used by the Emperor, supposedly to transfer authority over Rome to the Pope
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • 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
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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