The Three Major Basilicas of Rome

Three out of Rome's Four Papal Basilicas: St John Lateran, St Paul Outside the Walls and St Mary Major

Focus

  • Art
  • Religion

What makes this tour Special

Explore the Major Basilicas in Rome and trace an exclusive itinerary through the story of Christianity

Admire great artworks of the Renaissance and Baroque era in their original settings

Get impressed by the amazing stores of the relics treasured in the Basilicas and their extraordinary meaning for the Christian world

What to Expect

PRIVATE TOUR

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

DURATION

3 hours

START TIME

09:30 - 14:30

TRANSFER

Meet&Greet at your hotel/accomodation. Transfer to the tour site included

NOT AVAILABLE

Sunday

KID FRIENDLY

This tour is suitable for kids of all ages

GENERIC 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.

What's Included
  • Blue Badge certified private tour guide
  • Reservation fees
  • Meet & greet your private guide at your hotel or accommodation
  • Pick up at your hotel/accommodation and transfers to the 3 sites
Not Included/ Optional Extras
  • Drop Off back at your hotel/accommodation after the tour
  • Extras

Sites you’ll visit

  • San Giovanni in Laterano
  • San Paolo fuori le Mura
  • Santa Maria Maggiore
  • The official headquarters of the Pope. The famous church is topped with impressive statues along the outer face and full of beauty inside. The main walls are covered in beautiful frescos from the Renaissance age and the main nave, restored four centuries ago, will leave you in awe! It is one of the oldest churches of Rome, but the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano is something more: a real artistic jewel.
  • The Basilica of Saint Paul outside the Walls testifies the history of the Holy Church in Rome. The main altar, surmounted by a stunning Gothic canopy, treasures the mortal remains of St Paul, who was buried here. The giant basilica was built as early as the V century AD and features original Roman columns, a great mosaic from the Middle Age, but also the portraits of all the Popes in history, including the last ones: Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI.
  • 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.

Tour description

Your private story teller will let you experience an authentic pilgrimage to sacred places of Rome during this tour, discovering three of the Great Basilicas in Rome: S.Giovanni in Laterano, S.Paolo fuori le Mura and S.Maria Maggiore.

During this tour you will have the opportunity to learn about Christianity and see impressive artwork and masterpieces from many different centuries.

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. 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, you'll find the Basilica of Saint Paul outside the walls. Imposing, elegant, majestic and built where Saul of Tarsus (Saint Paul) was buried. The basilica was destroyed in the fire of 1823 and rebuilt from 1826.

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.

Cancellation Policy

Please note that Eyes of Rome® applies the following cancellation policy for the selected product:

  • Eyes of Rome operates on a Full Refund Policy of the amount paid during the booking for cancellations made with 30-days minimum notice
  • For cancellations/amendments requested from 30 to 3 days from the tour starting time, Eyes of Rome reserves the right to charge or hold from the downpayment % of your booking
  • For no shows on the day of the tour or cancellations/amendments requested less than 72 hours from the tour starting time, Eyes of Rome reserves the right to hold the amount paid during check out and charge any remaining balance for incomplete payments

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