After breakfast we proceed to San Clemente, we’ll visit the Basilica of San Clemente with its magnificent frescoes and its twelfth-century mosaic of the Cross. You can travel back in time and visit a fourth-century basilica before exploring what was once a pagan temple! Centuries of Christian faith, art and history wait to be discovered! Most important for us, is that it was one of the first house churches in which Paul taught and preached. Next, we pass by Church of Santa Prisca (Priscilla) dedicated to her on the Aventino Hill. This spot has traditionally been associated with Paul. Priscilla came from a wealthy Roman family. Aquila, her husband, was probably Greek. Paul spent a couple of years with them in Corinth. This is often mentioned Paul’s Letters and the Book of Acts. The House on the Aventino Hill where Paul lived is named in a legal document of the 5th century, as “Titulus Priscae We then proceed to the center of the Roman Empire. From Trajan’s Column, jewel of architecture and sculpture made by Apollodorus of Damascus, our guide will lead us along the Via dei Fori Imperiali (the road in the center of the city of Rome) to view the ruins of the emperors built as lasting memory of their power. We then enter the Forum of Trajan, the largest and most splendid of all marketplaces. A wide variety of goods were offered to Roman citizens — a true forerunners of the modern commercial centers! On foot you will reach the Capitoline Hill, once political and religious center of the town, which today is the seat of the Municipality. The stairway will lead you to the Piazza del Campidoglio, the magnificent result of a single project by Michelangelo, with a copy of the most famous equestrian statue in the world, the statue of Marcus Aurelius. Behind Piazza del Campidoglio you will find a natural terrace providing the best panoramic point over the valley of the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill. Walking through the Valley of the Roman Forum with its impressive buildings, we will view the Curia, seat of the Roman Senate, the State Archive, with basilicas, palaces of justice, the Temple of Vesta, and the House of the Vestals (the virgins in charge of keeping the sacred fire always alive) and all-around temples and columns and arches of triumph erected to commemorate the many gods of Roman history. From the Forum the guide will show you to the place linked to the fabulous origins of Rome: The Palatine. Here, Romolus founded the town in the year 753 BC and starting with Augustus the great emperors settled here. From the valley of the Roman Forum, you will admire the Domus Tiberiana, which is only partially explored and the ruins of the Imperial Palaces. Leaving the Roman Forum you will find the Arch of Constantine, erected to commemorate the victory of the emperor over Maxentius in the 4th century ad. We end this part of the tour at the Colosseum, everlasting symbol of the greatness of Rome and the stage for the historical fights of the gladiators. Tonight, we’ll enjoy a special dinner at local ristorante Tempio di Bacco. Return to our hotel for overnight.