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Diving into History: San Clemente Basilica and Underground Site and Church of St. Peter in Chains Guided Tour in Rome

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    • Adult (17+)
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Key Highlights

  • Visit two of Rome’s historical gems
  • Head to the 12th century Basilica of St. Clement, home to more than 2000 years of history
  • Feast your eyes on stunning gold mosaic in the central nave
  • Explore the 4th century Basilica and pagan Mithraic temple, hidden under the main Basilica
  • Enjoy a tour of the lowest level of the archaeological site, housing remains of ancient Roman homes
  • Head to the Church of St. Peter in Chains with one of the most important Christian relics
  • Behold the chains said to have held St. Peter while he was imprisoned in Jerusalem
  • Regale in the sight of one of Michaelangelo’s most celebrated works, the sculpture of Moses
  • Overview

    A Roman itinerary is incomplete without a tryst with its glorious past. This tour of San Clemente al Laterano and Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli will treat you to priceless gems of Roman culture as well as architecture. 

    Our trail begins with the Basilica of St. Clement, located at just a stone’s throw from the Colosseum, dating back to the 12th century as well as the archeological site of San Clemente. This incredible basilica is home to over 2000 years of fascinating history, spread of three levels, first discovered by an Irish Dominican Roman Catholic priest and archaeologist in 1860. The first level comprises a basilica from the 4th century, which was converted from the house of a nobleman. The second level reveals a pagan Mithraic temple while the third one contains the remnants of ancient Roman homes. The 12th century basilica itself is quite gorgeous with its sparkling gold mosaic in its central nave and makes for a great picture of Christian traditions back in the days.

    The second part of our tour is dedicated to Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli or the Church of St. Peter in Chains, housing of the most important Christian relics, the chains which bound St. Peter while being captured in Jerusalem. Besides the chains, which are placed under the main altar, you can also catch sight of Michaelangelo’s best sculptures here, Moses. Uniquely sculpted with two horns on his head to connote thee “radiance of the Lord”, it’s a reflection of Hebrew linguistic heritage wherein beams of light were often compared to horns. 

    If you are in Rome and have a couple of free hours on your itinerary, this is a tour you must indulge in!

    About the Supplier: EcoArt Travels, a premium tour operator based out of Rome, is known for their unique experience based tours and activities, which incidentally, are created sustainably keeping the delicate ecology of the city in mind. With accessibility to their office, free lockers to store your belongings while you are travelling and a plethora of unforgettable experiences on offer, EcoArt is definitely one of our best local partners we are proud to be associated with.

  • Activity Schedule & Itinerary

    Activity Schedule

    When does it run?

    Thursdays - Sundays


    2 hours

    Start time


    Meeting Point

    Make your way to "Pasquino" statue in the corner of Piazza Pasquino, located at the point where Via Pasquino and Via S. Pantaleo . 

    Your guide will be waiting for you there, holding a sign with the EcoArt logo.

    Ending Point

    Same as the starting point.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • English speaking guide (Language barrier? What’s that?)

    • Entrance fee to San Clemente Archeological Site (A ticket to thousands of years of history!)


    • Hotel pickup and drop off (we bet you’ll be out and about!)

  • Please note

    Voucher Information: No need to print! You can show your voucher on your smartphone or other devices. But if you’d rather print a copy – that’s fine too!)

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give them a call at least 24 hours before your   activity to reconfirm.

    Please remember to wear appropriate clothing as shoulders and knees need to be covered while entering Roman churches and temples. Also, don’t forget to wear layered clothing as the  can vary underground.