02:30pm
Departure time
3 hours
Duration
Mon, Wed, Sun (1 Apr to 31 Oct). Wed and Sun (1 Nov to 31 Mar)
Available days
English, Spanish (more on request)
Language
Available
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Catacombs Tour Rome afternoon tour. The Basilicas of Santa Maria Maggiore and Saint John in Lateran, The Ancient Appian Way, The Holy Stairs, The Sancta Sanctorum and the Roman Catacombs. Pick up and drop off included.

INCLUDED
Free hotel pick up Entrance fees to Catacombs
Discount for kids Professional guide
Transport by modern air-conditioned coach.
NOT INCLUDED
Guide gratuity

 

OVERVIEW

Catacombs Tour Rome,  CHRISTIAN ROME – MAIN CHURCHES AND ROMAN CATACOMBS TOUR will take you for a journey of Rome’s Christian landmarks where you will learn about the early years of Christianity in Rome.

You will get close to some of the most impressive architecture, frescoes, chapels as well as priceless relics from the early years of Christianity.

The Catacombs Tour Rome starts with a short walk from the departure point to reach the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.

The towering Basilica is one of Rome’s greatest and among the first five ancient in town.

Your knowledgeable guide will talk you through the history and importance of this church as well as presenting you its treasures.

Later, you will be escorted to the coach which will take you to the next stop: the magnificent Basilica of St. John Lateran.

The oldest Basilica in Rome and in the western world is considered the mother of all churches in the world.

The ArchBasilica represents a link between the old pagan and Christian eras, as it stands on the site of another built by the Emperor Constantine.

Walk around the impressive five nave-structure before heading next door to the Lateran Palace where you will be able to see one of the most precious relics from Jesus time: the Holy Stairs.

The 28 steps supposedly from the staircase of the Palace of Pontius Pilat where Jesus stood trial is the place where pilgrims have to ascend kneeling and praying.

Reach the top where the Sancta Sanctorum (Holy of the Holies), the private chapel of the early Popes where other essential relics from the land of Jesus are kept.

Return to the coach that will bring you to the Appian Way, one of the best preserved roman ways.

Walking here will make you wonder what would have been on roman ages.

Pass by the Chapel of Domine Quo Vadis to reach your next destination: the Catacombs.

Depending on seasonal conditions, you will be visiting either the Catacombs of S. Callisto, Santa Domitilla or San Sebastiano.

All are an extraordinary sight of Rome’s early years where Christians hid from persecution and where they were buried.

On the way back, the coach will briefly stop in front of the Baths of Emperor Caracalla,  the ruins of a 3rd-century Roman bathhouse

There will be a number of drop off points in central locations, in the vicinity of your hotel.


ADDITIONAL INFO

Discount for children 3 to 7 years old. Free for children aged 2 and below.

The languages available are English and Spanish, but on request also Russian, Chinese and Japanese.

This tour runs every Monday, Wednesday and Sunday from 1 April to 31 October. On Wednesday and Sunday from 1 November to 31 March.

A mimimum of 6 participants required for the tour to be confirmed.

Hotel pick up available  between 01:30pm – 02:15pm, only from hotels in central Rome (hotels – no apartments or B&B).

1

Free pick up

    Take advantage of a free pick up if you are staying at hotels in central Rome.
2

Basilica of Sant Maria Maggiore

 After few minutes walking from the tour departure point, you will reach the colossal Basilica.
3

Hop aboard

  Jump on the coach for a short drive to the second major Basilica.
4

Basilica of St. John Lateran

   The oldest Basilica in Rome and in the western world.
5

Holy Stairs

   An inestimable relics from Jesus time.
6

Sancta Sanctorum

   Or Holy of the Holies, the private chapel of the early Popes with more relics.
7

Board the coach again

   Another short drive: 10 minutes max.
8

Appian Way

   The ancient but still best preserved of the Roman roads.
9

Catacombs

   The highlight of this tour.
9

Baths of Caracalla

   Catch sight of the Baths of Emperor Caracalla. The coach will briefly stop in front of it.
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End of tour

  Enjoy a ride back with drop off to a number of central locations in Rome:

  Piazza Venezia

  Porta Maggiore

  Largo del Tritone

  Piazza Cavour

  Piazza Barberini

  Piazza della Repubblica

 Stazione Termini

HIGHLIGHTS

 Enjoy free pick up from hotel if you are in central locations

 Afternoon tour both on foot and coach

 Learn about early history of Christianity and how it shaped the city and religion

 Visit the majestic Basilica of Sant Maria Maggiore, one of Rome’s oldest

 Proceed to Basilica of St. John Lateran, the first and official cathedral of Rome

 Head next door to the Lateran Palace to see the Holy Stairs

 Walk on Rome’s best preserved ancient way, the Appian Way

 Pass the Chapel of Domine Quo Vadis

 Go underground to explore the catacombs

 Catch sight of the Baths of Emperor Caracalla on the way back

ENTRANCE TO CHURCHES CAN BE DENIED IF KNEES AND SHOULDERS ARE NOT COVERED

Be prepared for a good amount of walking: we advise to wear comfortable shoes and clothes.

A mimimum of 6 participants required for the tour to be confirmed.

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