Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore Underground & catacombs

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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: Catacombs of Rome and Main Basilicas Half-Day Tour

2. 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.

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What people are saying about Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore

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.

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.

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

Spooky and very interesting stories, that you probably won’t hear about otherwise