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

Rome, Italy

Experience Rating
icon3 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 3 more

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

Professional guide
Entrance fees (15EUR per adult,10EUR per under18yo,10EUR per student 18yo and 25 yo with student ID)
Food and drink
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

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

Departure Time

3:30 PM

Return Details

Via dei Santi 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.
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

Cancellation policy

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