This historic basilica is located just 200 meters from the B&B Colosseum Suite
The Basilica of San Clemente is one of the most important in Rome, not only from an artistic point of view but also from a historical point of view because it well represents a city that was built in overlapping layers. It is located about three hundred meters beyond the Colosseum, on the slightly uphill road that leads to San Giovanni in Laterano. It takes its name from Pope St. Clement, third successor of St. Peter, who died around the year 100 AD.
Until a hundred years ago it was the general opinion that the current church was the same to which St. Jerome referred when, around 390, he wrote that nominis eius memoriam usque hodie Romae extructa ecclesia custodiat. But, in 1857, Father Joseph Mullooly, then Prior of San Clemente, began excavation work under the current basilica during which he not only discovered the original Basilica, from the 4th century, immediately below, but also, at a even lower level, the remains of even older buildings, from the 1st century.