Below the Basilica of Ss. Giovanni e Paolo
Property of Fondo Edifici di Culto - Ministero dell'Interno
Managed by Spazio Libero Soc. Coop Soc. a R. L.

The Roman houses and their Antiquarium, the property of the Fondo Edifici di Culto (Ministry of Internal Affairs), were reopened to the public on 16 January 2002.

Proserpina - particular of the paint

The customer service and the visits to the site are managed by Spazio Libero, a social cooperative, which is part of Consorzio della Cooperazione Sociale Sol.Co Roma.

Access to the archaeological site is now through the door on the Clivus Scauri. An entirely renovated route through the rooms is currently in use, and facilities for the disabled are available.

For conservation reasons, access to the painted hypogean rooms is restricted to a limited number of visitors


The Fondo Edifici di Culto (F.E.C.) was established by an act dated 20 May 1985 (no. 222). Its property includes a large number of sites of historical and artistic interest, of which the vast majority are churches, acquired from those religious institutions that were suppressed by law in the latter half of the eighteenth century. The FEC enjoys full legal status, and is nowadays managed by the Direzione Centrale per l’Amministrazione del Fondo Edifici di Culto within the Department for Civil Rights and Immigration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Its institutional duty is to preserve, restore, protect, and develop religious buildings in its possession through proceeds gained from the administration of its property. Religious buildings in its possession number some 700, scattered all over the country.

The restoration of the Roman houses was carried out by a team of specialists and technicians supervised by the Soprintendenza Archeologica of Rome and by the Soprintendenza per i Beni Artistici, Storici e Demoantropologici.

These specialists not only saved the buildings from their ruinous state but also preserved their precious paintings, the survival of which was threatened as a result of the particular micro-climatic condition of the hypogean rooms. The results of recent research are being prepared for publication