Little-known Rome museum contains 20 ancient underground rooms.
The Case Romane del Celio is an underground archaeological site comprising 20 rooms on various levels under the church of SS. Giovanni e Paolo, dating from between the second century and fourth century AD.
According to tradition, the site was the residence of the fourth-century martyrs John and Paul who were buried in their house following their execution. The complex features the remains of several Roman houses of different periods, including an insula
, or apartment block, and a wealthy domus
later converted into an early Christian church.
Many of the rooms are decorated with frescoes and the site also includes a state-of-the-art museum room containing Roman amphorae, pots and ancient Roman bricks complete with their imprinted stamps.
The museum, which opened in 2002, is located on Clivo di Scauro, an arched street between the Basilica di S. Gregorio and Villa Celimontana, not far from the Colosseum. It is open every day except Tuesday and Wednesday and can be visited from 10.00-13.00 and 15.00-18.00. For details see website