Roman Christian Mosaics

Embark on a journey through the history of Christianity by studying some of the earliest mosaics in Rome

Focus

  • Art
  • Religion

What makes this tour Special

Enjoy a focused tour on the truly unique and highly specialized art technique of mosaic, which has in Rome many brilliant examples

Follow in the footsteps of the Christian tradition and visit the Major churches from the Byzantine era and the early Christian communities

Visit great spots out of the beaten path and experience an unusual look at their golden treasures

What to Expect

PRIVATE TOUR

Enjoy your tour with your own private tour expert at your party's disposal only

DURATION

3.5 hours

START TIME

09:30 - 14:30

PICK UP

Meet&Greet at your hotel/accomodation. Private Driver included throughout the tour

NOT AVAILABLE

Sunday

KID FRIENDLY

This tour is suitable for kids of all ages

GENERIC INFORMATION

Please be aware that the access to holy sites requires a strict dress code. Three churches are part of the itinerary. Shoulders and knees have to be properly covered.

What's Included
  • Blue Badge certified private tour guide
  • Reservation fees
  • Meet & greet your private guide at your hotel or accommodation
  • Tranfers between the sites
Not Included/ Optional Extras
  • Drop Off back to your hotel/accommodation after the tour
  • Gratuities
  • Extras

Sites you’ll visit

  • Santa Prassede
  • Santa Maria Maggiore
  • Santa Pudenziana
  • One of the oldest churches in central Rome and home to many mesmerizing mosaics dating all the way back to the IX century AD.The mosaics can be found not only in the small Chapel of Saint Zenone within the church but also along the main apse and behind the altar. Moreover visiting the Basilica of Santa Prassede gives you the opportunity to see relics, getting in touch with the sad story of Prassede, a Christian martyr.
  • One of only 4 Major Basilicas of Rome and the largest dedicated to Saint Mary was built between 422-432 under the instruction of Pope Celestine the first. The mesmerizing mosaics covering the triumphal arch and nave gave a model for future representations of the Virgin Mary.
  • This not so famous church is actually recognized as the oldest place in Rome for Christian worship. There is visible facts that date back to the reign of Emperor Hadrian (117–138) and is home to outstanding late Roman art work in the form of mosaics on the church apse that have been deemed the most beautiful mosaics in Rome.

Tour description

Embark on a journey through the history of Christianity by studying some of the earliest mosaics in Rome. Accompanied by an expert English speaking guide you will explore some important churches and other lesser known gems that house ancient masterpieces.


Indeed, the first Christian churches were decorated with stunning mosaics: small pieces of marble, glass and colored stones were combined and blended with gold foils to make a decorative work. Set off from the Oppian Hill and walk down Via Labicana: Enjoy a stunning view of the Colosseum and walk by the remains of Emperor Nero's Domus Area.

Stop at Santa Prassede Church that houses the San Zeno Chapel, adorned with impressive Byzantine mosaics. Then reach Santa Maria Maggiore, but before entering the Basilica admire wonderful mosaics by Filippo Turati located in the square. Inside you will see mosaics from the 5th century featuring scenes from the Old Testament and the Nativity. Stroll thorough Via Urbana in the heart of the Monti quarter where you will finally visit the Church of Santa Pudenziana in which you will find the most ancient mosaics in Rome.

Useful information

  • Appropriate clothing is highly recommended. Please be aware that the access to holy sites requires a strict dress code. Three churches are part of the itinerary. Shoulders and knees have to be properly covered.
  • Some sites included on this tour have a partial access for wheelchair users.

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