Fall and Rise of Rome - Private Walking Seminar

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A guide leads a group into a cathedral.
A guide leads a group into a cathedral.
A tour guide gives a lecture about the site they are in.
A tour guide gives a lecture about the site they are in.
Tourists admiring the beauty of the ruins.
Tourists admiring the beauty of the ruins.
A guided tour.
A guided tour.
A guide leads a group into a cathedral.
A tour guide gives a lecture about the site they are in.
Tourists admiring the beauty of the ruins.
A guided tour.

What To Expect

A private walk that explores the late antique period of Rome and the rise of the city during the Medieval period.


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Bar San Clemente
3 hours
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 9:00 AM; 3:00 PM
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Our three-hour "Fall and Rise of Rome" walk is a thematic exploration of the changes that gripped Rome during the late antique period, when it "fell" from the cultural heights of Empire, to its re-emergence as a center of art and theology during the Medieval period. Although it includes several sites that are quite popular to average visitors, we frame these in an engaging, scholarly discussion of the social forces present during a very important period of transformation. This is a wonderful walk for people who want to understand what happened after Rome fell and before the Renaissance began.

We begin at the church of San Clemente, a medieval church built on the remains of a 1st century Mithraic temple and Roman structure (perhaps a house, though there is a theory that this is the Roman mint reputed to be located in this area). After exploring the two churches that sit on top of these ruins, one of which contains one of the oldest instances of written Italian in the world, we wind through the streets of the Celian neighborhood to SS. Quattro Coronati. This amazing church, regarded by many as the most beautiful Medieval structure in Rome, was constructed in the 11th century and houses spectacular artistic treasures including a chapel with frescos of San Sylvester.

Lastly, will make our way up the hill to the church of SS. Giovanni e Paolo, underneath of which we find a series of middle-class 3rd century houses. Here we will look at how average people lived-and decorated their houses, as the wall decorations here are extremely well-preserved-during the fall of Rome, and then how these ancient sites were transformed during the Middle Ages.

In addition to seeing these very unique monuments and churches, the walk will explore a variety of themes, from urban stratification--the ancient sites on this walk are all buried under the Medieval ones--to the changes affecting the middle classes in the 5th-8th centuries in Rome.


  • Church of San Clemente

  • Church of SS. Giovanni e Paolo

  • Case Romane


  • Services of a docent


  • Entrance to San Clemente and Celian Hill

  • Meals and drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • The entrance fee to San Clemente is approximately 5 EUR while the fee to Celian Hill is approximately 6.5 EUR. Prices are subject to change without notice.

  • Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather.

  • Hotel pick-up can be arranged with an additional fee. Please inquire.

Cancellation Policy

  • 15% Cancellation Fee (85% reimbursement): 3 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 2 days or less prior to date of activity.

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