Christian Rome with Underground Basilicas 3-Hour Guided Tour

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from €118.00 EUR
Duration: 3 Hours
 Organized by: Welcome Italy

Discover the Christian background underneath the streets of Rome on a 3 hours strolling tour of several of its small basilicas, such as the Basilica of San Clemente, the Santi Quattro Coronati, and also the Holy Stairs in the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran.

Delight in a half-day strolling tour of Christian Rome and explore underground treasury in a few of the most astonishing churches. Discover the fascinating history of the underground basilicas, the Holy Stairs, and the magnificent Archbasilica of St. John Lateran on this comprehensive 3-hour guided walking tour.

A Glimpse into the Ancient Basilica of San Clemente

Our journey begins at the Basilica of San Clemente, a unique church built on three different levels, showcasing the evolution of Rome from the 1st to the 12th centuries. The two underground floors reveal the Altar of Mithras from the 1st century and provide a rare opportunity to witness the remarkable preservation of ancient frescoes and mosaics. Learn about the intriguing secrets of the Basilica as our knowledgeable guide shares captivating stories and historical facts.

Finish your trip at the Basilica of Rome, likewise referred to as the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran. The oldest of the 4 Papal Basilicas, St. John Lateran boasts a magnificent façade, but it’s the Scala Sancta (Holy Stairs) that will certainly catch your eye.

The Enigmatic Santi Quattro Coronati

Next, we venture to the Santi Quattro Coronati, a church dedicated to four anonymous saints and martyrs. In 2002, an incredible series of frescoes was unveiled, showcasing scenes from the Zodiac, Four Seasons, Liberal Arts, and King Solomon. Here, we delve into the gripping tale of Emperor Constantine and Pope Sylvester in the Chapel of St. Sylvester, where the legendary Constitutum Constantini (Donation of Constantine) is believed to have taken place. Marvel at the vivid frescoes and intricate mosaics that adorn the church’s walls as our guide brings the captivating history of this holy site to life.

The Majestic Archbasilica of St. John Lateran and Holy Stairs

Our tour concludes at the Cathedral of Rome, also known as the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran. As the oldest of the four Papal Basilicas, St. John Lateran boasts a splendid façade and is steeped in history. But it’s the Scala Sancta (Holy Stairs) that will truly capture your imagination. These marble steps, believed to have been climbed by Jesus during his trial, hold significant religious importance and draw pilgrims from around the world.

Christian Rome with Underground Basilicas 3-Hour Guided Tour

Christian Rome with Underground Basilicas 3-Hour Guided Tour

Climb the Holy Stairs on your knees, following the tradition of many devout pilgrims, or simply observe and reflect on the spiritual significance of this sacred site. Our guide will share the fascinating history and legends surrounding the Holy Stairs, ensuring an enriching and enlightening experience.

Experience the Hidden Treasures of Christian Rome

Join us on this unique and unforgettable underground basilicas tour and immerse yourself in the rich history and captivating stories of Christian Rome. Our knowledgeable guides will ensure an engaging and informative experience, leaving you with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the city’s hidden gems. Reserve your spot today and embark on a journey through time in the Eternal City.

What's Included
  • Resort pick-up and drop off,
  • Live Tour guide (English, Spanish, French),
  • Entrance ticket to the Basilica of San Clemente.
Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day before tour starts.

Useful Info

In 312, the Emperor Constantine (306-337) ordered an end to the persecution of Christians. As the catacombs were gradually abandoned, huge basilicas arose above the tombs of the Apostles and the earliest successors of Peter: San Paolo fuori le mura, the first St Peter’s, San Clemente…

The popes took up residence in a palace close to St John Lateran, the first sanctuary of the city dedicated to Christ; they were to remain there till their departure for Avignon at the start of the fourteenth century. After the barbarian invasions, and the deposition of the last Roman emperor in 476, it was the papacy that assured the city’s survival. Under the aegis of Charlemagne, Rome rose from its ruins – only to be battered by further storms in the Middle Ages as popes, emperors, and nobility waged a relentless struggle for power.

Though the city’s life resumed little by little, it was mainly confined to the loop of the Tiber and Trastevere, on the left bank. Travellers found sheep grazing amid the remains of the Capitol, the Palatine and the Esquiline in scenes of near desolation.

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