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Rome: Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica Guided Tour

1. 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: 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.

Rome: Open-Top Bus and Navona Underground Entry Ticket

3. Rome: Open-Top Bus and Navona Underground Entry Ticket

With this ticket you can enjoy Rome from a unique perspective and discover the history of Rome by listening to a multilingual audio commentary, you can get on and get of the IOBUS at any of the stops whenever you want for the entire validity of your ticket. Moreover, you will have included the entrance ticket to the Domitian Stadium one of Imperial Rome’s Seven Wonders, located around 15 feet (4.5 meters) under Piazza Navona and also a digital audioguide of the Square. Board the bus at centrally located stops like Terminal via Marsala (Termini station), the National Roman Museum, Saint Mary Major Church, the Colosseum, Circus Maximus, Venice Square, the Vatican, the Spanish Steps, and the Trevi Fountain.

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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.

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

Our tour guide was knowledgeable but did have a tendency to repeat herself.