Rome’s most popular attraction is the Colosseum. But most visitors aren’t aware that in its shadow is an extraordinary underground archaeological site: Case Romane. The Case Romane (Roman Homes) are a maze of rooms and layers featuring pagan and Christian frescoes ranging from the third century to the Middle Ages. It gives you an idea of everyday life in Roman times. There is also a museum filled with artifacts found in the area featuring amphorae, pottery, and stamped ancient Roman bricks.
Case Romane sit underneath the Basilica of Saints John and Paul on the side of the ancient road Clivus Scauri. It is said that this was the home of Saints John and Paul. The two Roman officers were martyred and buried here under Julian the Apostate. During the third century the homes were combined into an elegant pagan house with opulently decorated rooms. At the beginning of the fourth century the house became a meeting place for Christians. Later it became a sanctuary where believers worshiped at the tombs of the martyrs. In the beginning of the fifth century the upper floors of the house were destroyed and the ground floor was filled in to allow for the building of the basilica, allowing the rooms to be preserved.
Entrance on Clivus Scauri
Open Thursday-Monday 10a-1p and 3p-6p; Closed Tuesday-Wednesday
Transportation: walking distance from Nicolas Inn; Bus 60, 75, 81, 175, 673; Metro: Colosseo, Circus Maximus; Tram: 3