Rome: Catacombs and Christian Roots Half-Day Tour

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Rome: Catacombs and Christian Roots Half-Day Tour

From US$ 180 per person

Explore the early history of Christianity in Rome on a 4-hour tour by private car or van. Discover breathtaking examples of religious iconography at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, and drive along the Appian Way to the city catacombs.

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  • Explore the birth of Christianity in Ancient Rome
  • Marvel at the ornate architecture of the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
  • Tour one of the old cemeteries of the early Christians at the Catacombs
  • Drive along the ancient Appian Way
  • Look inside the spectacular Basilica of St. John Lateran
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Travel back in time on a half-day tour that explores the origins of Christianity in Rome. Following a pick-up from your hotel, your English-speaking driver will take you to Esquiline Hill, one of Rome’s legendary 7 hills. Go inside the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore to discover some of its sacred treasures. Continue to the Holy Staircase and Lateran Palace, before looking inside the spectacular Basilica of San Giovanni. Next, travel along the ancient Appian Way, passing the Chapel of Domine Quo Vadis en route to the Catacombs. Tour the Catacombs of S.Callisto, Santa Domitilla, or San Sebastiano depending on seasonal conditions. Explore the underground cemeteries and hiding places of the early Christians, before ending with a spectacular view of the Baths of Caracalla.
  • Hotel pick-up in Rome
  • Transportation by private vehicle
  • English-speaking driver at your disposal
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips and gratuities

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In the front of your cruise ship. The driver will be holding a sign with your name on it.

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  •  Please note that there is a strict dress code to enter the basilicas and catacombs; no shorts, miniskirts, or uncovered shoulders
  • You are strongly advised to wear comfortable shoes
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Very interesting visit

We finally visited monuments that despite many visits to Rome we had never been able to include in the tours. Only two problems to report: Primo was the expectation of finding a tour guide and not just a driver, who nevertheless tried to give us some historical information in his possession. Second problem was that for the entrance to the catacombs the ticket was not included in the cost of the tour and we had to buy it. The organization in general and the driver's guide were positive.

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August 9, 2016

Perfect and interesting tour to take a break from walking around Rome.

We were pleasantly surprised by this tour and it turned out to be quite a treat. We were collected by our personal friendly guide in a very comfortable vehicle and taken to quite a few sites. Some sites we were not even aware of. Definately great tour to give your feet a bit of a rest and for someone else to drive you around giving information willingly. Definately recommend this tour if you have more than 3 days in Rome.

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November 28, 2015

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