Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore Walking tours

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Rome: Murder Mysteries of Rome Guided Walking Tour

1. Rome: Murder Mysteries of Rome Guided Walking Tour

Peel back the layers of Rome's ghastly past on this chilling walking tour with a local guide. Uncover sights like the Church of Santa Maria which is decorated with human bones and skulls. Meet your guide in Piazza di Campo de' Fiori, whose history is shadowed in witchery and secrets. Embark on a spooky journey through Rome's ancient streets as you guide tells you fascinating stories of murders, prisoners, and tortured spirits. Stops at historical sites both on and off the beaten path along the way. Your itinerary may vary, but likely stops include the Church of Santa Maria which is adorned with human remains and the St. Angelo Bridge, where sinners were killed and put on display. Finish your spine-chilling experience outside of the Castel San Angelo with a new perspective on the city.

Rome: Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica Guided Tour

2. Rome: Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica Guided Tour

Join a walking tour of the Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore, located on Esquiline Hill. Discover the secrets of this impressive monument, one of the four papal basilicas in Rome. The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore was built on the site where the Virgin Mary appeared in a dream of pope Liberius. This is also where a blanket of snow appeared on the hill in the middle of summer. Find out how the locals commemorate this miracle every year with white flower petals. See the 14th-century bell tower, the highest bell tower in Rome standing tall at 75 meters. It is said that there are pieces of wood from Jesus' crib underneath the altar (Sacra Culla). Visit the patriarchal basilica, which contains the funerary monuments of Pope Clement IX, Paul V, and Nicolas IV. Discover a number of other famous Catholics who are buried here as well, including saint Jerome and the artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

Rome: Half-Day Semiprivate Christian Tour

3. Rome: Half-Day Semiprivate Christian Tour

Discover Rome and explore the sites that have made this city the center of Christianity. Relive this ancient history walking through the impressive Papal Basilicas, places where history, faith and art blend together through the lives of popes, saints and artists. You can visit the Basilica of St. Paul outside the Walls, with its beautiful medieval cloister, then move on to the first basilica in Rome, St. John Lateran, the place of the agreements between the political powers and the power of the church. Continue your journey in Catholicism at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the most important of the Roman churches dedicated to the Virgin Mary, with many mosaics and decorations. At the end, admire the elegance and the artistic and architectural majesty of St. Peter's Basilica and the masterpieces of Bernini and Michelangelo.

Rome: Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica Guided Tour

4. Rome: Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica Guided Tour

Explore a Vatican territory without being in Vatican City. Discover a church where classical antiquity, Christianity and modernity meet. Visit the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, one of Rome’s four patriarchal basilicas, one of the most significant Catholic Churches in the world. As you arrive at Santa Maria Maggiore, you find yourself in front of a beautiful elaborate facade and a striking bell tower. Upon entry to the church, the expansive central nave stretches out in front of the viewer. Its ceiling was decorated with the first gold brought back to Europe from the New World. Dominating the front side of the nave is a triumphal arch covered with intricate mosaics arranged in four rows which depict scenes from Jesus’ childhood. Beneath the triumphal arch, is the high altar which is above a relic which contains five pieces of wood said to be from the manger in which Christ was laid in Bethlehem.

Rome: The Secrets of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore

5. Rome: The Secrets of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore

Enjoy a guided walking tour of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore and discover the secrets that lie beneath the surface. Admire the Loggia of Benedicftion, Room of the Popes, Bernini's stairs, and the Historic Liberian Museum while learning legends from centuries ago. Arrive at the Basilica and enter into one of Rome's four patriarchal basilicas. Known as one of the most significant Catholic Churches in the city and the world, it was built at the top of Cispius, the highest part of the Esquiline Hill. Discover the legend that the basililica was founded in the year 356 after a miraculous event of snow falling in the middle of August. Then, arrive at Santa Maria Maggiore and find yourself in front of a beautiful and elablorate facade with a striking bell tower. Stare up at the ceiling, decorated with the first gold brought back to Europe from the New World. Admire the high altar, a relic that contains wood from the manger in which Christ was laid in Bethlehem. Marvel by the elegance of the Loggia of Benedictions on the second floor topped with a sculptural group. At the center, stand where Mary and Jesus flank the popes. Explore Bernini’s spiral staircase, a first of its kind. This architectural and engineering feat is an inspiration to the world of art and a model to replicate to the world of engineering. Discover the Liturgical vestments of the Popes that are also exhibited in the museum together with the historic Liberian museum’s collection consists of the most precious objects of the Basilica, also called the “Bethlehem of the West”, such as holy relics, chalices, ostensories and liturgical vestments.

Rome: The Hidden Gems of Santa Maria Maggiore (Guided Tour)

6. Rome: The Hidden Gems of Santa Maria Maggiore (Guided Tour)

Save time with a skip-the-line ticket on a guided tour of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore and Santa Prassede Church. See Bernini's stairs, the Room of the Popes, the Liberian Museum, and much more on this sightseeing tour of two of Rome's significant religious sites. Arriving at Santa Maria Maggiore, find yourself in front of a beautiful elaborate facade and a striking bell tower. The expansive central nave stretches out with its ceiling decorated with the first gold brought back to Europe from the New World. Admire the high altar, a relic that contains wood from the manger in which Christ was laid in Bethlehem. Marvel at the elegance of the Loggia of Benedictions on the 2nd floor with its group of beautiful sculptures. At the center are Mary and Jesus flanked by popes. Explore Bernini’s spiral staircase, a first of its kind. This architectural and engineering feat is an inspiration to the world of art and a model often replicated around the world. Discover the Liturgical vestments of the Popes that are also exhibited in the museum. Check out the historic Liberian museum’s collection which includes precious objects of the Basilica, also called the “Bethlehem of the West”, such as holy relics, chalices, ostensories, and liturgical vestments. Explore the basilica of Santa Prassede Church, where faith is irrepressible. The basilica preserved the remains of more than 2000 martyrs, transferred from the catacombs of Priscilla. This is a magnificent place, sparkling with mosaics but even more so with the testimonies of holy martyrs.

Rome: The Passion of Jesus Private Guided Tour

7. Rome: The Passion of Jesus Private Guided Tour

Embark on a 3.5-hour private guided tour with a focus on the spirituality of Rome and some of the churches linked to the Passion of Jesus. Start out at the Basilica of Santa Prassede, where you’ll see a relic of the pillar of the flogging, a segment of the column upon which Jesus was flogged before his crucifixion. Mentioned in 3 of the canonical gospels, this relic was brought to Rome during the Middle Ages. Next is a visit to the amazing Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. This is the largest Marian Church in Rome and is home to a piece of wood said to come from the crib of Jesus. Move on to the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, the first of the 4 papal basilicas to be built, and the Cathedral of Rome. See the Scala Sancta, or Holy Stairs. These are the steps leading up to Pilate's headquarter in Jerusalem, on which Jesus stepped before he was sentenced to death. To gain the plenary Indulgence, believers climb the steps on their knees. Nearby is the Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem. It was built in the 4th century A.D. to preserve the relics brought to Rome by St. Helen, the mother of Constantine. Several relics are preserved in the Cappella delle Reliquie. See the panel that hung on Christ's cross, 2 thorns from his crown, and 3 pieces of his cross.

Rome: Private Monti District Walking Tour

8. Rome: Private Monti District Walking Tour

The Monti district of Rome is today one of the most renowned districts of the city center. It was previously the poorest part of Rome, and was known as the ancient "Subura". It became an important religious center in the Middle Ages with the construction of many important churches, some of which were constantly renovated during the centuries. There you will find one of the four major churches of Rome, the Saint Mary Major. The Saint Mary Major features incredible mosaics and works of art from famous artists of the Renaissance and Baroque ages, including Michelangelo and Bernini. You will learn about the incredible mosaics of the 13th and 14th centuries, and will also admire the mysterious Moses by Michelangelo.

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What people are saying about Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore

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based on 12 reviews

We had Ivana as our guide for the evening we booked. Ivana had great stories and a great sense of humour that made us enjoy the experience more! If you get Ivana as your guide, you will not regret it! Ivana also gave us great recommendations to eat and the Pope’s gelato supplier.

Our guide was so knowledgeable and her obvious love for what she was doing, she and this tour was exceptional! The experience was so informative and such a blessing that I would not hesitate to recommend this tour

One of our highlights in Rome!! Dilala was our guide and she was amazing - very chill and very knowledgeable. Incredibly interesting and thrilling stories. Highly recommended!

Our tour guide Delilah was AMAZING! All of the stops along the tour and the stories were so interesting. This was honestly my favorite experience in Rome.

Very informative tour. The guide was very knowledgable and took us to areas of the church that we wouldn’t normally be able to see. Well worth the money.