Guided visit for small groups of the Papal Basilicas in Rome
Rome

Small Group Tour of Christian Catacombs and Basilicas in Rome by minivan

3 h
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Semi-Private
difficulty Easy
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Visit of Santa Maria Maggiore and San Giovanni in Laterano, with pick up

Join our tour to visit two of the most important papal basilicas, the St. John’s Lateran and St. Mary Major. St. John’s Lateran was the first cathedral and once a papal residence before the Vatican. We will also tour through the Holy Stairs reputed to be from Jerusalem.

Guided visit for small groups of the Papal Basilicas in Rome highlights: 

  • Explore the ancient Christian Catacombs and Basilicas of Rome
  • Visit one of the most important papal basilica, St. John’s Lateran
  • Proceed through one of the earliest ancient roads of Rome, the Appian Way
  • Visit the largest Marian Church in Rome, the St. Mary Major
  • Stop at the Holy Stairs of Rome from Jerusalem
Description: 

On this tour by minivan your expert guide will take you to visit the first Cathedral of Rome, the St. John’s Lateran, which also used to be the papal residence. Then we will visit the largest Marian church in Rome of St. Mary Major. Passing through Emperor Constantine the Great’s baptismal place and the Holy Stairs from Jerusalem, we will proceed along the ancient road of the Appian Way and visit the Christian catacombs.

Christian Catacombs

After passing through the Appian Way, the earliest road built in ancient Rome, we will go visit the Christian Catacombs in the ancient underground Cemeteries that was excavated from the 2nd century onwards. They were built outside the wall along the Via Appia, the Via Ostiense, the Via Labicana, and Via Nomentana.

St. Mary Major

Dedicated to Mary, it is the largest Catholic Marian Church in Rome. St. Mary Major is one of the major papal basilicas. Explore the magnificent mosaics of the nave with the depiction of Mary and the scenes of her life as well as some scenes from the Old Testament. St. Mary Major was once a temporary Palace of the Popes. The Basilica is located in a lively area of Rome, full of attractions, shops and restaurants and it is also lovely to have a look around, for example to admire the elegant Via Merulana.

St. John’s in Lateran

Not far from the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, there is the basilica dedicated to St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist. Known to be the first cathedral and papal residence before the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica was built, it is the oldest and the highest ranking major papal church of Rome. According to the Catholic Tradition, the Holy Stairs, Scala Sancta was sanctified by the footsteps of Jesus during His passion. It is also known to be the baptismal place of Emperor Constantine the Great.

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