A significant artistic and mysterious heritage is hidden underneath Rome, nestled among underground tufa quarries and cisterns, catacombs, houses, sepulchral complexes… under the churches of Saint Clement and of the Saints John and Paul or in the area of the ancient Appian Way...
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Under the Churches of
St. Clement and
St. John and Paul
ITINERARY 2
Pagan and christian cemeteries, Ancient Appian Way



Under the Churches of
St. Clement and
St. John and Paul




We visit two churches located ten minutes away from each other. We enter Saint Clement built in the 12th century and resting upon historical stratifications. We then walk downstairs to the early Church of the 4th century and further down - almost 20 meters under the present level - and find a Roman building of the 1st century and a Mithras Temple of the 3rd century. We then go to the church of the Saints John and Paul below which we can admire the astonishing frescoed rooms of 2nd and 3rd century Roman residences…



Pagan and Christian cemeteries,
Ancient Appian Way





We drive through Porta San Sebastiano, one of the gates opening in the Aurelian Walls and we find ourselves along the Ancient Appian Way known as “Regina Viarum”(Queen of the Roads), where long stretches of the original cobblestone are still preserved. We reach the archaeological complex including the Circo di Massenzio, used for chariot races, and the Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella, a pagan tomb turned into a fortress during the Middle Ages. At a short distance we find the Catacombe di Santa Domitilla, an ancient Christian underground cemetery made up of galleries intertwining at different levels underneath the modern town…

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