Walks in Rome:The Coelian (Il Celio)

The Coelian (Il Celio)

Half day morning tour

Starting from metro B – Colosseo

From the Celio Hill to Baths of Caracalla

In the earlier times the name of this hill was Mons Querquetulanus, ”The Hill of Oaks,” and it was clothed with forest, part of which long remained as the sacred wood of the Camenae.

Metro B Colosseo stop

Via Labicana 95

Risultati immagini per Basilica di San Clemente

Basilica di San Clemente (church)

Via dei Santi Quattro, 20

Risultati immagini per Monastero SS. Quattro Coronati

Monastero SS. Quattro Coronati (church)

Via di Santo Stefano rotondo

Risultati immagini per Santo Stefano Rotondo

Santo Stefano Rotondo (church)

Before us is a little portico, but the doors of the Church are closed, and we enter by one on the right, and passing through a small court-yard, with a picturesque mediaeval well-head in the middle, find ourselves in an edifice, 198 feet in diameter, which bears no resemblance to any other Christian Church. It is an open space, surrounded by an interminable circular wall, covered with paintings of the most fearful martyrdoms, and in the area, a perfect forest of columns.

Via di San Nicola da Tolentino, 13

Via della navicella

Via of the Navicella is the central point of the Coelian, which is surrounded by a most interesting group of buildings, and which contains an isolated fragment of the aqueduct of Nero, dear to artists from its color.

Behind this, under the trees, is the little marble Navicella, which is supposed to have been originally a votive offering of a sailor to Jupiter Redux, whose temple stood near this  but which was adapted by Leo X. as a Christian emblem of the Church, the boat of S. Peter.

Via della Navicella, 10

Risultati immagini per santa maria in domnica

Maria in Domnica (church)

Sometimes called Sta. Maria della Navicella, from the marble galley in front of the portico, a copy, made in the time of Leo X., from an antique original which occupied the same position. The Church dates from the time of Saint Cyriaca, a pious Roman widow, who suffered martyirdom under the Emperor Valerianus, 253-60.

 Clivo di Scauro

Case romane del celio (historical place)

Piazza dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo, 13

Risultati immagini per Basilica Santi Giovanni e Paolo

Basilica Santi Giovanni e Paolo (Church)

Via San Paolo della Croce

Piazza San Gregorio n°2

Risultati immagini per sant'andrea al celio

Cappella di Sant’Andrea con gli Oratori di Santa Barbara, e Santa Silvia al Celio (Church)

Piazza di San Gregorio, 1

Chiesa di San Gregorio al Celio (Church)

What appears to be the facade is one of those architectural vagaries which characterize the works of the Roman architects of the 17th century. It is nothing more than a sham front, built before the Atrium, and at some distance from the Church itself. On this site stood the paternal mansion of Saint Gregory the Great, 690-604, a large portion of which he converted into a monastery, and built a Church in connection with it, dedicated to St. Andrew.

Salita di San Gregorio

Via di porta Capena

Option 1

Via delle Terme di Caracalla

Risultati immagini per terme di caracalla


Option 2

Viale Aventino

Circo Massimo metro

Notes and opening hours

 Basilica di San Clemente

Via Labicana, 95

Monday-Saturday: 9.00 am – 12.30 pm  / 3.00 pm – 6.00 pm;

Sunday and Holidays: 12.00 pm (noon) – 6.00 pm;

Last admission 20 minutes before closing time.


Admission to the excavations: € 5,00

Monastero Agostiniano SS. Quattro Coronati

Address: Via dei Santi Quattro, 20

Open 09:30am-12:00pm 04:30pm-06:00pm

Santo Stefano Rotondo

Address: Via di Santo Stefano Rotondo, 7



Tuesday-Saturday: 9.30-12.30 and 14.00-17.00;

Sunday: 9.30-12.30;

Monday: closed;


Tuesday-Saturday: 9.30-12.30 and 15.00-18.00;

Sunday: 9.30-12.30;

Monday: closed;

Maria in Domnica

Address: Via della Navicella, 10

Open 09:00am-12:00pm 03:30pm-06:00pm

Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo

Address: Piazza dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo, 13

For sightseeing is a contribution to the restoration of 2.50 €.

The Basilica is open: from 1/10 to 30/06 hours 07:30 to 19:00

from 1/07 to 30/09 hours 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Timetable for sightseeing:

weekdays from 09.00 to 18.00

public holidays from 12.00 to 18.00

During the festivities for Christmas and Easter, the Basilica is closed from 12.30 to 16.00.

Free Guided Tours in English in support of the Fundraising for the restoration of the Stained Glass Window

Thursdays at 5:30 pm Meeting point at the Basilica’s main entrance.

Case romane del celio

The Case Romane del Celio, located on the Clivo di Scauro between the Coliseum and the Circus Maximus, lies below the Basilica of Saints John and Paul on the slopes of the Caelian Hill. The houses were opened to the public in 2002.

Together with the excavation of San Clemente they represent one of the most fascinating subterranean spaces in Rome due to their extremely well conserved frescoed rooms and because of the artistic and religious value of the site.


The entrance to the site is on the Clivo di Scauro, below the Basilica of Saints John and Paul.

 Cappella di Sant’Andrea con gli Oratori di Santa Barbara,  e Santa Silvia al Celio

Address: Piazza San Gregorio n°2

Opening times

Every day 9.30am-1.00pm 3.00pm-6.30pm

San Gregorio al Celio

Address: Piazza di San Gregorio, 1

Opening times

9.00 am – 1.00 pm and 3.30 pm – 7.30 pm, daily

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