Full day Tour of Basilicas and Secret Underground Catacombs of Rome

Tour of Basilicas and Secret Underground Catacombs of Rome

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Guided Visit to the Most Important Christian Churches and Basilicas in Rome

Visit the best of Rome's holiest historic highlights with an expert local guide. See the famous Holy Steps and descend into the archaeological maze of the Roman Catacombs. Above ground, visit two of the city's most well-known churches, the Basilicas of St. John Lateran and St. Mary Maggiore.

Full day Tour of Basilicas and Secret Underground Catacombs of Rome highlights: 

  • Immerse yourself in this tour of Basilicas and Secret Underground Catacombs of Rome, the holy, historic, and artistic sites of the Eternal City
  • Tour the Basilicas of Saint John Lateran and Saint Mary Maggiore
  • Scale the Scala Santa, Rome's famous Holy Steps
  • Head underground to explore the famous Catacombs of Rome
  • Discover Rome's ancient secrets with your expert guide on this fascinating half-day tour

Visit historic sites of monumental significance during this half-day tour of holy Rome. Marvel at intricately created architectural and artistic masterpieces and visit the Scala Santa, one of the most important locations for those who come to Rome on a spiritual pilgrimage. 

A tour to visit the most important churches in Rome

Your guide will pick you up from your center-city hotel in Rome before you embark on your historic journey through some of Rome's holiest highlights. Start your day by touring two of the world's most important Basilicas, the Basilica of Saint John Lateran and the Basilica of Saint Mary Maggiore. Then, venture into the depths of Rome with a tour of the ancient Catacombs. An expert local guide and a one-of-a-kind experience are included in the price!
First, head to the Basilica of Saint John Lateran and marvel at its grandiose and imposing façade. Technically known as the Papal Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran, this grand church is the oldest of the 4 major basilicas in Rome and holds the status of the ecumenical mother church for Roman Catholics, making it a valuable sight to see. Cherish your time there, as this important church is the official ecclesiastical seat of none other than the Pope himself!

Visit Saint John Lateran and St. Mary Maggiore Basilicas

Saint John Lateran is also home to the heralded Holy Steps. These steps, or the "Scala Santa" in Italian, are a prime destination for those who come to Rome on a spiritual journey, as they are sanctified to believers by the footsteps of Jesus Christ himself, not long before his crucifixion.
Next, journey to the Basilica of Saint Mary Maggiore, the largest Catholic Marian church in Rome. Adorned with fabulous 5th-century frescoes and mosaics, this beautiful basilica is home to a marvelous collection of historic and religious artifacts. Under the basilica's altar lies the famous Crypt of the Nativity, which is rumored to contain wood which came from the holy crib of Jesus Christ.

Enter the Catacombs, for an original point of view on the city

Finally, stroll along the historic Appian Way and descend underground to the ancient Catacombs of Rome. Dating back to the 2nd century, these subterranean burial sites are an amazing sight to see. The Catacombs also house numerous works of art and are of immeasurable importance to Early Christian art history. Listen as your guide explains the history behind these hidden tombs and how they reveal some of Early Christianity's secrets.

Another eXPeriences to visit the Christian Rome!

If you are interested in visiting the Christian Rome, but you prefer a more exclusive itinerary, take a look at the private tour of the churches of Rome by car.

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Reviewed by Madeline G from United States

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The tour guides were extremely courteous, professional and informative. They were patient and understanding.