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Rome: 2.5-Hour San Clemente & Underground Small Group Tour

Product ID: 141342
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This 2.5-hour tour will introduce you to art and architecture from antiquity through to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Visit San Clemente underground, San Pietro in Vincoli Church and Ludus Magnus.
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  • Visit the underground of San Clemente
  • Discover Ludus Magnus, an ancient gladiator training school
  • Admire San Pietro in Vincoli Church and see the important relics inside
Full description
Begin your journey near the Colosseum and take a pleasant walk through the surrounding neighborhood. In a delightful little piazza off Via Cavour, you will find the Church of San Pietro in Vincoli (St. Peter in Chains). The church houses an important relic, the two sets of chains that bound St. Peter when he was imprisoned in Jerusalem and Rome.

The highlight of this church is undoubtedly Michelangelo’s statue of Moses, an unfinished masterpiece by the Renaissance genius that was originally intended to be part of the tomb of Pope Julius II. The original plans included an enormous funeral monument with 47 statues, but it was never completed due to Michelangelo's other commissions. Leaving San Pietro in Vincoli, continue to see the ruins of the Ludus Magnus, an ancient gladiator training school located on the northeast side of the Colosseum. The arena was connected with the school by underground tunnels.

Your last stop will be the Basilica of San Clemente al Laterano along Via San Giovanni. This 12th century basilica is a great example of architectural chronology: the structure is a three-level building complex with each level corresponding to a major era of Roman history. Remains under the present basilica suggest that the foundation was part of a Republican era villa. In the 4th century, this was converted into a Christian church dedicated to Pope St. Clement, the third pope after St. Peter. The present medieval basilica was built in 1100.
  • Entrance fees
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly (over the 8 persons)
  • Professional art historian guide
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation to/ from attractions

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Meeting point

Meeting point is at the "Tour in the City" office, located in Via della Polveriera n°11 above the Colosseum Metro Station. (Largo Gaetana Agnesi). Once you are in Largo Gaetana Agnesi you have to cross the small pedestrian bridge and go to Via della Polveriera n°11 just a few steps from the end of the pedestrian bridge. We kindly ask for you to show up 15 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time.

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What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Walking frames
Know before you go
• Confirmation will be received at time of booking
• Dress code is smart casual
• A moderate amount of walking is involved
• Not wheelchair accessible
• Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
• A minimum of 2 persons per booking is required
• A dress code is required to enter all the churches: knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. This dress code is strictly enforced and you will be refused entry if you fail to comply with requirements
• A moderate amount of walking is involved; comfortable walking shoes recommended
• Not wheelchair accessible
• Group size is limited to 20 persons for a more personalized experience

From £57.77 per person

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