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Rome: Catacombs of Rome and Main Basilicas Half-Day Tour

1. Rome: Catacombs of Rome and Main Basilicas Half-Day Tour

Begin your tour with visits to 2 important basilicas. Discover the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, the oldest of Rome’s 4 main basilicas and home to the Holy Stairs, a pilgrimage site. Then head to the Basilica of St. Mary Major to see the amazing collection of historic and religious artefacts. Admire the mosaics and the Crypt of the Nativity. Continue along the historic Appian Way, passing the Chapel of Domine Quo Vadis. Arrive at the ancient underground Catacombs of Rome. Explore these remarkable subterranean cemeteries, some dating back to the 2nd century. See historic artwork in the catacombs, and learn about how these underground passageways give insight into the early days of Christianity.

Rome: Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore Tour

2. Rome: Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore Tour

Although enlarged and redecorated, the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore retains much of its original structure of the fifth century. In the years following the return of the papacy to Rome from Avignon, part of the church was used as a papal residence until the complete renovation of the Vatican palace. Admire its mosaics of the fifth century, a reliquary that is said to contain a piece of the crib that once held baby Jesus, an ancient icon of the Virgin Mary, and the tomb of St. Jerome and the tomb of the artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The basilica is a UNESCO World Heritage site that includes all extraterritorial properties of the Holy See in Rome. See the Sistine Chapel in the Papal Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, dedicated to Pope Sixtus V.

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What people are saying about Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore

We recommend. Our small group 4 Germans and a German speaking family from France were looked after by an extremely courteous, competent and very, very nice guide. In addition to her very good language skills, she impressed with her in-depth knowledge and reproduced it in a lively form by the Italians. She also covered the lengthy journey to the catacombs due to adverse driving conditions and the resulting delays with interesting explanations of the relevant history. The booked time window could not be kept. However, the visits were not reduced. Everything, in the offer and booking, was visited and interpreted with the appropriate time.

Beautiful experience, the guide was very entertaining, you could tell he handled the subject very well, plain to answer any questions, kind, friendly and cordial.

Eric (our guide) did a great job describing the catacombs, their purpose and their history. I had been to this catacomb before and enjoyed visiting again!

The experience of being on holy ground was breathtaking and having the tour given by a priest made the experience even better.

a place full of surprise. beyond the 4 degrees of the tower it is a whole set of facts and history