Guided Tour of Churches and Basilicas of Rome

Santa Maria Maggiore, San Giovanni in Laterano, Scala Santa, Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, San Lorenzo outside the walls, San Paolo outside the walls

Tour details

Discover the great papal basilicas of Rome and all the monuments related to the history of Christianity. Immerse yourself n the long history of Christian Rome admiring the symbols of the Catholic religion and its 2,000 year history through the exploration of the Churches and Basilicas of Rome.

Tour pricing

Morning or afternoons within Rome city limits, max 3 hrs
   100 euros one single participant (2h)
   130 euros couple / family with children (3h)
   150 euros groups max 25 participants (3h) + 5 euro / pax after the 25th participant
   Conventions and discounts for schools

Tour frequency and duration

   Available every day
   Tour duration: 3 hrs (short tour) or 6 hrs (full tour)
   Optional tour start time: 09am – 2pm 
   Meeting Point: main entrance of Santa Maria Maggiore

Major attractions

   Santa Maria Maggiore
   San Giovanni in Laterano
   Holy Stairs
   Santa Croce in Gerusalemme
   San Lorenzo Outside the Walls
   San Paolo Outside the Walls

Tour info

   Wear comfortable clothes and shoes
   Bring a bottle of water about 1.5 liters per person
   Bring a hat and sunscreen (during the summer season)
   It is possible to buy food on site for the lunch break


More details on the guided tour

If you are a lover of pilgrimages and the spiritual atmosphere that reigns in a church, you cannot miss the Tour of the Churches and Basilicas of Rome. You can choose a short 3-hour tour, where we will visit the great Patriarchal Basilicas now converted to Papal Basilicas by Benedict XVI, when he renounced the title of Patriarch of the West.

We will visit Santa Maria Maggiore and its spectacular mosaics ranging from 5th century AD mosaics to XIII century ones. It will be possible to discover the relics and all the treasures the Basilica contains. From here we will move to one of the other Papal or Major Basilicas, San Giovanni in Laterano, the mother church of the Christian religion and therefore the seat of the Bishop of Rome that, by tradition, is the Pope himself.

You can also visit the Holy Stairs (adjacent to the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano) which, according to the Christian tradition, is the staircase used by Jesus before being judged by Pontius Pilate. Alternatively, you can choose to admire the monumentality of the Basilica of San Paolo outside the wall, the second largest major basilica after San Pietro in Vaticano.

If the short tour is not enough for you and you want to visit all the main churches and basilicas of Rome, it will be possible to extend the guided tour to 6 hours, allowing to extend the visit to the Basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme which contains the relics of the Passion of Christ, and the Basilica of San Lorenzo outside the wall, the church symbol of the protomartyr Lorenzo but also of the patriarchate of Jerusalem and the Holy Sepulcher.

Are you interested in other churches or do you want to customize your tour according to your interests? Tell me your favorite itinerary, I will be happy to meet your needs.


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