open: 9:00-12:30 & 15:00-18:00
getting there: a short walk from metro linea B Colosseo towards San Giovanni in Laterano
Only a ten minute stroll from the Colosseum is San Clemente, a 12th century minor basilica dedicated to Pope Saint Clement and built over the remains of a 4th century church and the ruins of an alleyway, house, and mithraeum from the 1st century.
In the 18th century Pope Clement XI commissioned a new facade and the restorations of the church began. Some of the gilded ceilings, paintings, stuccoes and frescoes date from this period.
Above the nave, in between the windows, are fresco panels by Sebastiano Conca, Giovanni Odazzi, Tommaso Chiari and Pierleone Ghezzi.
The apse mosaics, the Triumph of the Cross, date from the 12th century.
The ceiling fresco panel of the Apotheosis of St Clement is by Giuseppe Chiari.
The Chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary has an altarpiece by Sebastiano Conca depicting Our Lady of the Rosary with Saints Dominic and Catherine of Sienna.