San Clemente Basilica & his Underground Small-Group Tour
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Stop At: Piazza di San Pietro in Vincoli 4/a, 00184 Rome Italy
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.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Ludus Magnus, Piazza del Colosseo Via Labicana, Rome Italy
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 visit includes the entrance into the most important gladiator gym, the Ludus Magnus, built by the emperor Domitian at the end of the 1st century. A.D. The building, entirely in brick, consisted of a rectangular building, probably on three floors, with a large porticoed courtyard in the center. Around the courtyard there were a series of rectangular rooms destined to house the gladiators. The characterizing element is constituted by the presence, in the courtyard of the building, of a miniature amphitheater, intended for training gladiators. After about half an hour, we will proceed towards San Clemente.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Basilica of San Clemente, Via Labicana 95, 00184 Rome Italy
Your last stop is 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. Clemet, the third Pope after St. Peter. The present Medieval basilica was built in 1100.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
- Skip the Line entrance ticket and reservation fee to the Basilica of San Clemente
- Officially licensed and archaeologists/art historian English-speaking guide
- Headsets to hear the guide clearly (over the 8 people)
- All taxes, fees and handling charges
- Entry/Admission - Ludus Magnus
- Entry/Admission - Basilica of San Clemente
- Food and drinks
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Transportation to/from attractions
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Dress code is smart casual
- Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
- A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
- Near public transportation
- No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
- PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
This tour was operated by FUN tours. Their office was easy to find - it was just a short distance from the Colosseum. Tour started at 10:30am which was nice time so we were not rushed in the morning to get to the tour office. As it turned out our family was the only ones who had booked this tour on this particular day. The tour guide, a young lady Andranna ? from Romania was simply amazing. She showed so much passion as she recounted the history of the sites. Starting with some ancient ruins near the Colosseum that were used to train Gladiators. We walked by the Victor Emmanuel Monument, then on to San Clemente Bascilia. We then preceded to go down four levels each representing a different time period of ancient Rome. This is truly amazing to see so much history over a long time period. High Recommended.