3 Minutes Away - Basilica Of Saint Clement
Rome's history and the extraordinary passage from the classical to the Christian eras are a stone’s throw from your room. Enter the spectacular Basilica of Saint Clement and discover its incredible structure spanning three floors. A tip: Start on the lowest level, some 10 metres (30 feet) underground, where you will find two dwellings, one from the 1st century AD, the other from the 2nd century. The courtyard of the latter was turned into a Mithraeum, a temple for worshipping the pagan god Mithras.
Next, climb to the 4th-century basilica on the second level built by the emperor Constantine. Preserved here are the relics of St Cyril, apostle to the Slavs, and some picturesque frescoes depicting the miracle of St Clement, third successor to St Peter.
Ascend one more level and, like Dante, you will “see the stars again” among the stunning mosaics and frescoes of the 12th-century basilica. Lose yourself in the exquisite apse and, whatever you do, don’t miss the cycle of frescoes dedicated to St Catherine painted by Masolino da Panicale at the turn of the 15th century.