With the definition of Celio Roman houses means the remains of a Roman apartment complex beneath the Basilica of Saints John and Paul in Rome, in the rione Celio.
Tradition identifies this place with the House in which the Ss John and Paul lived and were buried, after having suffered martyrdom during the reign of Julian the apostate (361-363 ad).
The archaeological complex, discovered in 1887 by Padre Germano of St. Stanislaus, Rector of the Basilica of SS. Giovanni e Paolo al Celio still officiated Passionist fathers, reveals a fascinating journey through more than 20 underground environments on various levels, partly frescoed with paintings dating from the 3rd century AD and the middle ages.
The core consists of a domus on two levels, in the 2nd century AD, occupied by a private thermal baths (balneum) downstairs and an insula, characteristic building popular with a porch and street level taberne and homes on the upper floors, built in the early 3rd century a.d. along the Clivus Scauri.
The different units were joined together during the 3rd century AD by a single owner and transformed into an elegant domus with pagan representative environments decorated with valuable frescoes.
The extraordinary archaeological stratification and the excellent condition of the facilities is already outside, since the existing perimeter wall of the early Christian Church has incorporated the façade of ancient insula, which recognize the arched porch along the Clivus Scauri, and two Windows on the upper floors.
Detail Info and tickets;
The entrance to the monument is allowed every thirty minutes.
Saturday and Sunday are scheduled tours with archaeologist.
Reservation is not required for individual guests and small groups (max. 10 persons) that do not require the guided tour service.
Booking is compulsory for:
groups (min 15 max 25 people)
guided tour service
extraordinary openings in days and times other than those specified.
ticket 6,00 €
reduced ticket 4,00 € *
ticket for children under 12 years accompanied by an adult free
guided tour for groups in Italian 90,00 €
guided tour for groups in language 100,00 €
Booking fee 20,00 €
* for ages from 12 to 18 years of age and over 65 years, for employees of the Ministry of the Interior, for the employees of the Ministry per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, for students of the Faculty of architecture, archaeology, art history, restoration institutes ...
Guided tours upon request in English, French, German, Spanish.
Please note that within the monument are not allowed footage and photos