Guided tour

Rome: San Clemente Underground & St. Peter in Chains Church

Activity provider: EcoArt Travel

Rome: San Clemente Underground & St. Peter in Chains Church

Activity provider: EcoArt Travel

From US$ 50.29 per person

Descend 100 feet underground in the Basilica of San Clemente and discover 2,000 years of history. Then, visit the Church of St. Peter in Chains.

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  • Visit the underground archeologic site of San Clemente Basilica
  • Delight at the sparkling gold mosaics of the Basilica of San Clemente
  • Admire one of Michelangelo's most celebrated works, Moses
  • Behold the chains said to have held St. Peter while he was imprisoned in Jerusalem
Full description
Just a stone's throw from the Colosseum, you will find one of Rome's hidden gems, the 12th-century Basilica and the archeological site of San Clemente. Visit this incredible place and navigate three underground levels which uncover over 2,000 years of history. The Basilica reveals a sparkling gold mosaic in the central nave. What lies beneath the Basilica remained a secret until 1860 when a flood led an Irish Dominican Roman Catholic priest and archaeologist to discover the levels beneath.  Today, the excavations are still not complete but you can descend 100 feet underground. At the first level is a 4th-century Basilica, which was long forgotten after the construction of the 12th-century Basilica above. Further down are the remains of an ancient pagan Mithraic temple, complete with an altar. Past the temple are the ruins of ancient Roman homes. All of this is incredibly preserved and was painstakingly excavated. At the lowest level, discover the underground spring which caused the chaos that led to the underground discovery.  Visit the Basilica of San Pietro in Vincoli, the Church of St. Peter in Chains. Here, you will find one of the most prized relics of the Catholic church, what are said to be the chains that bound St. Peter while he was a prisoner in Jerusalem. The chains are visible and located under the main altar of the church. Here, you will also see one of Michelangelo's most important sculptures, which was carved specifically for this space. A close look at this magnificent sculpture of Moses reveals two horns on his head. Your guide will reveal why. 
  • Entrance fee to San Clement Basilica
  • Expert English-speaking tour guide
  • Pick up or drop-off
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • All participants over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 22 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts
  • Masks are required while indoors
  • All participants must also bring a valid form of ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, identity card, student card, etc)

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Meeting point

EcoArt Travel, 32 Via Celimontana, 00184 Rome.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Cameras

Know before you go

  • You must be able to climb and descend stairs on your own
  • There is a maximum number of 15 people per booking
  • It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes for walking on uneven surfaces
  • It is recommended to wear layers because the underground levels may be cooler than the outside temperature
  • Please be at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before the departure time in order to check-in
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Very interesting

Had a super good guide.

September 14, 2019

Nice guide but didn't explain anything

We arrive promptly at the meeting point address. The person who was there told us to sign up and sign. We were puzzled by this because it is also a place of Tours on Segway because it was a paper with all the conditions that you must accept. I told him I hadn't hired that. I look for him and he told me that I didn't care that it was just to tell the members of the group. I don't think it was to count because we were only 7. I think I had no idea what tour we were on. There were two other people with our group. Then the same person told us that there was a delay. A boy in almost a bathing suit and beach sandals arrived about 20 minutes late and told us that he was going to be our guide. The other person told us that this boy was our guide. That was very nice. We left the 7 with this guide. Our guide was indeed nice but he didn't explain anything to us. I did not know anything. I think they called him because they didn't have the guide and he grabbed them in a corner.

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July 22, 2019

The Roman lasagna is very impressive

We happened to get a private tour :) and the guide took the time to answer all questions. The journey through the layers of Roman "lasagna" in the Basilica of San Clemente was very impressive! Worth seeing and recommendable

June 2, 2019

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