Christian Rome Afternoon Guided Tour

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from €219.00 EUR
Duration: 2 Hours
 Seller: Viator

Embark on an unforgettable journey to the heart of Rome, where you will explore some of the city’s most revered holy sites. This small-group walking tour will guide you through the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano, the Scala Santa, and the Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem. Our expert guide will provide fascinating insights into the history, art, and relics that make these sacred spaces so special. Limited to just 15 people, this tour offers a more intimate experience, ensuring personalized attention for all participants.

San Giovanni in Laterano

The tour begins at the stunning Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano, the oldest and most significant church in Rome. As the official cathedral of the city, it is home to an incredible array of art and relics, each with its own unique story. Your guide will share captivating tales of the basilica’s history and the significance of its treasures, from the awe-inspiring architecture to the intricate mosaics that adorn its walls.

The Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano is perhaps the most ancient of Christian churches. It is held to be the most important after Saint Peters, because it is the Cathedral of Rome. In the central space between the transepts is an altar where only the Pope, the bishop of Rome, can celebrate mass. As in all major basilicas, the entrance is preceded by a large portico; here is placed a statue of Constantine.

St. John Lateran Basilica

Rome, Italy – The facade of St. John Lateran Basilica (Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano)

The basilica has five doors; the one on the extreme right can only be opened during Holy Year like that one in Saint Peters. The facade of San Giovanni in Laterano is a masterpiece by Alessandro Galilei (1732) showing strong influences of the Baroque and Neo-classicism. Fifteen colossal statues crown the facade. the most conspicuous being that of Christ.

The evocative and beautiful interior has five naves built in 1650 by Francesco Borromini. The transept is earlier and contains a beautiful tabernacle by Giovanni di Stefano.The left side of the transept leads to the extraordinary Cloister, a true masterpiece of the 13th century by the Vassalletto family Very close to the church is an antique Baptistery commissioned by Constantine at the same time as the basilica; it is octagonal and in the centre is a green basalt urn, once a baptismal font.

The Ancient City Walls and Egyptian Obelisks

As you walk from the basilica, you will pass by the ancient city walls that once protected Rome from invaders. Along the way, marvel at one of the world’s tallest Egyptian obelisks, a testament to the enduring fascination with ancient civilizations that has shaped Rome’s cultural landscape.

Scala Santa: The Holy Staircase from Jerusalem

The next stop on the tour is the Scala Santa, a sacred marble staircase housed within a chapel building. These steps are believed to date back to biblical times and were brought to Rome from the Holy Land by St. Helena. As you ascend the staircase, your guide will recount the incredible story of its journey to Rome and the significance of the steps as a symbol of faith and pilgrimage.

Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem: A Sanctuary of Renaissance Art

Finally, the tour will take you to the Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem, a breathtaking sanctuary adorned with vibrant Renaissance frescoes. Here, you will discover remnants of the Holy Cross, such as the nails and thorns from Jesus’ crown, as well as other sacred relics. This remarkable basilica is the perfect conclusion to your exploration of Rome’s holy sites.

Inclusions and Recommendations

This comprehensive 2-hour walking tour includes a local guide and admission to all sites. Gratuities, food, and drinks are not included, and hotel pickup and drop-off are not provided. Meeting and end points are specified, and the tour is wheelchair accessible and stroller-friendly.

To ensure a comfortable and respectful experience, a dress code is enforced for all participants: knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women, and no shorts or sleeveless tops are allowed. Comfortable shoes are recommended for the walking portion of the tour.

Embrace the opportunity to delve into Rome’s sacred history and uncover the stories behind some of its most cherished holy sites. Join us on this enriching walking tour and experience the eternal city like never before.

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day before tour starts.

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