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Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano

Via Labicana 95, 00184 Rome, Italy
+39 06 774 0021
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Constructed between 1110 and 1130, this church of San Clemente is not one, but three churches built one above the other, with ruins dating from the earliest Christian times.
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  • Average3%
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Via Labicana 95, 00184 Rome, Italy
+39 06 774 0021
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The first church (12th century) is free and is incredibly beautiful especially the centre mosaic at the front. The underground levels have an entry fee. The history of the 2 lower levels was fascinating. This was our final stop on a tour! May need to...More

Thank EPC2010
Reviewed 2 days ago

The entrance level is a beautiful baroque church with an older mosaic towards the front, but my real interest was in the underground layers. The church itself is free but you have to buy a ticket to see the ruins. The first layer you descend...More

Thank Haley H
Reviewed 3 days ago

This place is amazing! The underground areas have been restored and labeled (Italian and English) in great detail. You do not need a tour guide, nor do you need to jump the line. Just pay your 10 Euros and go inside. And leave some time...More

Thank travel-hawthorne
Reviewed 1 week ago

The basilica and all the lower levels were the most amazing sight I experienced on a three week visit. I felt like an explorer in this untouristed but unforgettable sight. In hindsight, I would have hired a guide as the ruins were so extensive. I...More

Thank Sarah W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Frescoes behind the altar are currently being restored & are covered. Stunning interiors & luckily entered and listened to choral concert there.

Thank choralsinger
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are interested in understanding what is beneath the surface of Rome, how the differnt cultures were built upon the ruins of the previous ones and the fact that old buildings were used as the foundings of the new ones you must visit this...More

Thank Hernan G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Close to colosseum but off the beaten path slightly. Not as crowded as other churches and with several levels of prior buildings , temple and church. There is a charge to go to lower excavations.

Thank Enriquez
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have always loved the church of San Clemente, and try to visit every time I am in Rome. It is beautifully simple in design, with a marvellous mosaic in the apse. There is then the pre-11th century church at a lower level, and beneath...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Located near Colosseum this church and its hidden gem, interesting archeological excavations at lower levels (fee to access) were truly inspiring in the heat of Rome. The ancient Mithraic cultural ruins in the lowest third level underneath the basilica are worth the visit. The basilica...More

Thank jennifeeri
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a multilevel church that is more than beautiful at street level for free and it is peek into ancient Roman life below level for a fee. The street level church has wonderful mosaics and art but the real treasure lies beneath the floor....More

Thank lawtk
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Patty A
12 November 2017|
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Response from Ami L | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can just show up and tour the site. It's well worth it. We loved the underground aqueduct and the experience of walking on the ground level floor built before 69AD. Also, we were just there and there were some... More
27 August 2017|
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Response from Holly H | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I am not sure but we were there on a Saturday at 9:30. am and there were few people there. I think I recall our tour guide saying it was open every day. We used The Roman Guy tour and it was excellent. I would contact... More
23 July 2017|
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Response from drT&3ladies | Reviewed this property |
John J is absolutely right, it is the San Giovani de Laterano church.