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 houses, known also as the home of the martyrs John and Paul, contain more than four centuries of history and attest to the coexistence and transition between paganism and Christianity.
The frescoed rooms, originally shops and storerooms of a multi-storied working class building (insula), were in fact transformed during the 3rd century AD into an elegant upper class residence (domus). Within the rooms, you can admire some of the most beautiful frescoes of Late Antiquity.
The Case Romane del Celio are a property of the Fondo Edifici di Culto, a division of the Ministry of the Interior, and are managed exclusively by Spazio Libero, a social cooperative society in Rome.