Travel through time on the Celian Hill visiting ancient buildings that became foundations for Early Christian Churches.
Beneath 5th-century Basilica of Santi Giovanni e Paolo we get into the Roman houses, an extensive residential complex consisting of several Roman buildings, with fully frescoed walls, a magnificent monumental fountain, and a most important Early Christian shrine (http://www.caseromane.it/en/history.html).
In front of the church a superb medieval bell tower: its base is part of the Temple of Claudius. On the way to San Clemente also see Nero’s Aquaduct and the Arch of Dolabella.
Wonderful 12th-century Basilica of San Clemente was excavated 2 levels underground: this is where we best see the layers of history. On the first level underground we will explore a warehouse and a private domus of the 1st century AD, with a very well-preserved 2nd-century Mithraeum. On the second level underground we will walk around an Early Christian Basilica of the IV century, with most important medieval frescoes (http://www.basilicasanclemente.com/).
Duration: 3 hours
Entrance tickets: Roman Houses 8 euro (children under 12 go free; 6 euro between 12 and 18, students and over-65) + San Clemente 10 euro (students under 26 5 euro, children under 16 free if with parents).
No photography at san Clemente.
Roman houses closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.