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Christmas Walking Tour

Sparkling Streets and Italian Tradition

Category: Must Do
Art
Off the beaten path

Price from: $255

Duration: 3.5 Hours (approx.)

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Take a walking tour of the city's most popular monuments and piazzas to get in the Roman Christmas spirit. Visit the city’s Christmas market in Piazza Navona and their displays of Christmas food, crafts, tree decorations and gifts. Enjoy the whole square beautifully lit up with street performers singing Christmas carols.

While the Christmas tree is a northern European tradition, to get the real flavor of Italian Christmas traditions we will accompany you on an amazing tour among the Roman churches that display a traditional presepe – literally 'manger' or nativity scene. The nativity scene is said to have originated in Italy and it is Saint Francis of Assisi who is credited with having constructed the first nativity scene in a cave, way back in 1223. Your itinerary will include a visit to some of the most beautiful nativity scenes in the churches of the city, such as the basilica of Santi Cosma e Damiano, where you will admire a nativity scene from 1700 handmade by Neapolitan craftsmen, and the basilica of Santa Maria in Via with its famous nativity scene as well.  

Special attention will be paid to the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the Papal major basilica and the largest Catholic Marian church in Rome, from its size it receives the appellation "major". Its connection to Christmas is stunningly heartwarming: the church now known as Saint Mary Major was called Saint Mary of the Manger (Sancta Maria ad Praesepe), a name it was given because of its holy relic of the manger of the Nativity of Jesus Christ, four boards of sycamore wood believed to have been brought to the church, together with a fifth, in the time of Pope Theodore I (640–649).


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Summary
  • Approximately 3.5 hours
  • Layer 1 Kid-friendly tour
  • Wheelchairs accessible
  • Private Tour Only
  • Suggested starting time
    9:30AM or 2:30PM
  • This tour is always available
  • Included 
    Blue Badge Qualified Guide | Meet&Greet your Guide at your Hotel/Accommodation Private Tour
  • Not Included 
    Transfer to the site via Taxi (our guide can arrange this) Private Driver (can be arranged upon request) | Tickets Admission tickets are needed for the Santa Maria Maggiore Museum entrance. Tickets are not included in the tour cost and will be bought on site (€5.00 per person)
Standard itinerary
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
Basilica dei Santi Cosma e Damiano
Santa Maria in Via
Piazza Navona
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Extra Hour

US$70

Give yourself the freedom to take it easy- add an extra hour to your tour. With a private guide, you set the pace! If you prefer to spend some extra time to learn more, see more, take more photos, or if you have a large group, adding an extra hour ensures a leisurely tour without rushing to fit everything you want to see into the normal 3 hours.

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Colosseum

US$140** Please note: Entrance to the site is optional - Admission tickets will be charged separately.

No time to do a full Colosseum tour? Make it quick! Marvel at this epic engineering feat of the ancient Romans, one of the most amazing attractions of the Ancient World, and a highlight of any trip to Rome. Your guide will bring to life the stories of this iconic monument, its famed gladiators and the emperors who made it all happen. An extra fee will apply if transportation is requested.

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Religious Perspective

US$0

Request for a Tour Guide with strong religious background at no extra cost. Your experience will enrich in spirituality.

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Pantheon

US$70

The Pantheon, this 2nd century tribute to All Gods and famed engineering marvel, has intrigued for ages - let your personal guide bring you back to the days of the emperors and gods when you visit this one-of-a-kind monument.

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Info about your Christmas Walking Tour:

  • Private Tour: This is a private tour – your party only.
  • Tour Time: Approximately 3 hours. Adding optional sites will extend your tour time.
  • Tour Start Time: You can select your favorite starting time. We recommend 09:30AM or 2:30PM.
  • Tickets: Admission tickets are needed for the Santa Maria Maggiore Museum entrance. Tickets are not included in the tour cost and will be bought on site (€5.00 per person). 
  • Children Tour for Free: Children aged 17 and under tour free with paying parents. 
  • Dress Code: Modest attire is required to enter churches.
  • Design Your Own Experience: Sites visited are based on the pace of our average client. If you prefer a more leisurely pace, you can opt to see fewer sites. With a private guide, your tour is catered to your interests and activity level.
  • Mobility Impaired: Our tours involve a fair amount of walking. Please contact us if you are interested in modifying any of the tours for those who have trouble walking.
  • Guide Requests: Eyes of Rome will make every effort to schedule the guide you have requested, however, sometimes it is not possible due to schedule conflicts or time off. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.