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Great Basilicas of Rome Private Tour - Transfer Included

A Pilgrimage to the Holy Doors

Category: Thematic Tours

Price from: $37

Duration: 3.5 Hours (approx.)

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Your private story teller will let you experience an authentic pilgrimage to the sacred places of Rome anytime during this tour to discover three of the Great Basilicas in Rome.

During this journey you'll visit the 3 major churches in Rome (with the exception of St. Peter's Basilica): Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano, Santa Maria Maggiore and San Paolo Fuori le Mura.

The Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano, defined also as "mother of all churches" is part of a great monumental complex including the great obelisk, the Lateran Palace and the Sanctuary of the Holy Stairs. Considered one of Borromini's masterpieces, this splendid cathedral was established between 311 and 312 AD.

In the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, an absolute Early Christian masterpiece of art and architecture, you will be taken aback by the beauty of its mosaics, frescoes and sculptures!

Outside the historical district, the Basilica of Saint Paul Fuori le Mura, imposing, elegant and majestic, was built where Saul of Tarsus (Saint Paul) was buried, the basilica was destroyed in the fire of 1823 and rebuilt from 1826.

Your expert guide will accompany you during this tour that will give you the chance to learn about Christianity and see impressive artwork and masterpieces from many different centuries.

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  • Approximately 3.5 hours
  • Kid-friendly tour
  • Partial access for wheelchairs
  • Private Tour Only
  • Suggested starting time
  • Not recommended Sunday
  • Included 
    Blue Badge Qualified Guide Meet&Greet your Guide at your Hotel/Accommodation | Transportation to the site (only available for centrally located accommodations) | Private Tour
  • Not Included 
    Return Transportation (available upon request) Private Driver throughout the tour (can be arranged upon request) 
Standard itinerary
Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano
Santa Maria Maggiore
San Paolo Fuori le Mura
Enhance your Experience

Castel St. Angelo

US$140** Please note: Admission tickets are not included and will be charged separately. ($25.00 per person)

As you exit St. Peter’s Square, your guide will lead you along a quiet street that follows ‘Il Passetto’, the passageway connecting the Vatican to Castel Sant’ Angelo, the Pope’s fortress. You can opt to visit the castle for breathtaking views of the city or cross over Bernini’s famous bridge of angels for scenic views of the river. A beautiful addition to the Vatican Tour, Castel Sant' Angelo is a great bookend to your day.


Create your own Tour - Make it a Full Day


Book your tour and create your personal walking experience by making it a full day, adding 3 extra hours! You can tell us in advance your favorite sites to visit or your personal guide will make suggestions based on your interests and energy level - you set the pace and see what you want to see. Please make a note on your booking if you have specific requests so we can ensure that reservations are made when needed. An extra fee will apply if transportation is requested.




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Extra Hour


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.




Request a Kid-friendly Tour Guide at no extra cost.


Famous Piazzas & Fountains


Don't miss Bernini’s Triton Fountain in Piazza Barberini or Rome’s twin church domes in Piazza del Popolo. You can opt to go up the Pincio hill for one of the best views in the city. Or maybe you want to see the famed Piazza Navona? You will get plenty of ideas of where to eat and shop as you walk through these famous neighborhoods with your expert guide. An extra fee will apply if transportation is requested.


St. Peter in Chains - Michelangelo's Moses


Do not miss one of the most famous statues ever carved by Michelangelo - The Moses. This masterpiece is located in the church of St. Peter's in chains just a few steps away from the Colosseum. An extra fee will apply if transportation is requested.

These optional extras can be selected during check-out.
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    Georgia Hughes

    Hello, do you think it will be possible to add St.Peter's Basilica to your Great Basilicas of Rome Tour?



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    Tour Design Team

    Ciao Georgia!

    Usually we do not recommend to include St.Peter's Basilica; being a religious Site the is no access ticket available and, for this reason, it is not possible to skip the long lines outside it. 

    We can for sure extend your tour and include the explanation of St.Peter's from the outside. If you wish to book a tour of the Basilica, please check our Vatican Tours section, we do offer tours with direct access to St.Peter's through a secret shortcut :) No need to line up at St.Peter's Square!

    For any further information please feel free to contact our Team Designers at info@eyesofrome.com.

    A presto!

    Eyes of Rome Team




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    Phi-Phi Wong

    Hey, Is the Great Basilicas of Rome a tour focused on a Christian tradition? I am secular and I do not want a religious / fervent guide. I'm mostly interested in mosaics and architecture.




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    Leona Cotton

    In reference to the comment by Phi-Phi, I am rather religious (both my husband and I are Catholic Christians) and I would like extra time to pray in the main Basilicas. Is it possible to have a patient guide? Can the duration of the tour be extended?



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    Tour Design Team

    Hi Phi-Phi and Leona! It is a pleasure to answer your questions!
    This tour focuses on the visit of the three great Basilicas of Rome, rich in history and marvelous artistic and architectural elements. Our guides will lead you to their discovery by placing the tour under a secular or religious perspective, according to your preferences.
    @Leona, we can certainly extend the duration of the tour in order to allow you a spiritual break before leaving the Basilicas. 

    For more info please contact us at info@eyesofrome.com!

    A presto!
    Eyes of Rome Team



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