7. The Best Churches in Rome Private Tour with Guide
Rome is home to more than 900 churches, including the 4 highest-ranking Catholic churches in the world. On this exclusive church tour you will visit the most beautiful and historically significant places of worship and pilgrimage in the Eternal City. Immerse yourself in the history of early Christianity with an Expert Guide! Book a 2-hour tour to explore the Old Town and visit 2 ancient Roman churches. Your Private Guide will meet you in front of the magnificent Santa Maria Maggiore, one of Rome’s 4 major papal basilicas. Immerse yourself in the history of the Roman Catholic Church as you explore the historic center of Rome. You will visit San Pietro in Vincoli, a minor basilica built in the 5th century, where you will see the famous sculpture of Moses by Michelangelo and hear the legend of the chains that bound Saint Peter when he was imprisoned in Jerusalem. The tour will pass by the remains of Emperor Nero’s grand villa and the monumental Colosseum, where about 3000 Christian martyrs were killed during the Great Persecution. The guide will take you inside the Basilica of St. Clement, which is one of the most richly adorned churches in town. You will admire its medieval mosaics with Byzantine motifs, wooden ceiling, frescos, antique columns and more as you listen to the history of the ancient church that was built here on the site of a private home that was used for clandestine Christian worship in the 1st century. Enjoy this unique experience and discover how Christianity spread throughout the Roman Empire! Book a 3-hour tour to visit the Basilica of San Pietro in Vincoli, St, Clement and Santa Maria Maggiore. The Major Papal Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore is one of the Seven Pilgrim Churches of Rome, so it’s a must-see, especially if you’re interested in the topic of Catholic Mariology. Inside this magnificent church you will see Salus Populi Romani - the oldest Marian image in Rome, stunning 5th century mosaics depicting Old Testament events, and other works of art. Book a 4-hour tour to visit 4 churches in Rome: the Archbasilica of St. John in Lateran, Santa Maria Maggiore, San Pietro in Vincoli and St, Clement. The Lateran Basilica is the oldest and highest ranking of the four major papal basilicas, outranking even the larger and more famous St. Peter's Basilica. Inside, you will discover rare paintings that reflect the ancient mysteries of the Paleo-christian tradition, 12 statues of the Apostles, 6 papal tombs, and a wood fragment that belongs to the table where Jesus had the Last Supper. You will also hear the legend about the ancient Holy Stairs and the Lateranense Palace, which served as the papal home from the 4th to 14th centuries.