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Discover the catacombs from the 3rd century AD and the Middle Ages


  • Free and priority entry to the city’s most popular attractions, museums and guided tours with the Rome City Pass – one ticket, everything included! 
  • The entrance ticket for the Case del Celio is included in your Rome City Pass 
  • No advance booking is required for this attraction – your City Pass is your admission ticket 
  • More than 4 centuries of history in one place 
  • Discover a place where the transition to Christianity has left its mark 
  • Discover ancient frescoes and remains of ancient households 

A fascinating insight into antiquity: an underground section of a residential building from the 3rd century AD

What awaits you on site


The archaeological complex of the Roman houses of Caelian, under the Basilica of Saints John and Paul in Rome, is a historically fascinating place. According to tradition, this is where the saints were buried after their martyrdom. The area, which was discovered in 1887 by Father Germano of St Stanislaus, the rector of the basilica, consists of more than 20 underground rooms on different levels, some of which are painted with frescoes from the third century AD and the Middle Ages. 

Admire the original decoration from the Roman Empire

The exceptional state of preservation of the rooms decorated with frescoes, the high artistic value and the religious interest make the Roman houses of Celio a fundamental stage in the exploration of ancient Rome. The spacious interiors, originally shops and storerooms of a multi-storey residential building (insula), were transformed into an elegant domus in the 3rd century AD. Here you can admire some of the most beautiful frescoes of late antiquity.

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Via del Clivo di Scauro, 00184 Rome, Italy

Good to know

  • Opening hours
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 10.00 am – 4.00 pm 
  • Different opening hours: 24 December and 31 December 10.00 am – 2.00 pm 
  • The ticket office closes one hour earlier 
  • Closed on Tuesdays, Thursdays and 1 January, 25 December 

The entrance ticket for the Case del Celio is included in your Rome City Pass


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