Papal Basilicas Tour
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On this tour you will explore three of the most important Basilicas in the world, after St. Peter’s: St. John Lateran, Santa Maria Maggiore and St. Paul’s Outside the Walls.
Built in the 4th century by the emperor Constantine, the basilica of St. John Lateran is the oldest church in the western world. A former seat of the papacy, and the current seat of the archdiocese of Rome, St. John Lateran is Rome’s cathedral. It’s many treasures include the original doors of the Roman Curia or senate house. Nearby are the Scala Sancta or sacred steps believed to be the very steps on which Christ stood trial before Pontius Pilate.
Santa Maria Maggiore, also known as Saint Mary Major, is one of the oldest churches dedicated to Mary the mother of Jesus. This gorgeous church is known for its mosaics featuring scenes from the life of Mary including one of the oldest mosaic depictions of Mary from antiquity. It also houses the relic of Christ’s manger.
Finally, this special tour takes you back through history to the time when the apostle Peter was preaching in Rome. St. Peter was jailed twice in Rome before his martyrdom. According to legend, during his first imprisonment, Peter was freed by an angel the night before his trial. His chains were acquired by the Empress Eudoxia who gave them to Pope Leo I as a gift. We’ll take you to the Mamertine Prison where St. Peter was miraculously freed and to the famous church that still houses his chains. You’ll also get to view another treasure that St. Peter in Chains is famous for, Michelangelo’s breathtaking Moses.
Please note: Security check is obligatory for everyone entering the papal basilicas. DRESS CODE REQUIRED: Knees and Shoulders must be covered, sandals allowed.
Enjoy the tour with maximum comfort
- Admission tickets if applicable
- Pick-up and drop-off in the city centre or restaurant on route
What's not included
Things to know about our tours
- Gratuity for chauffeur and guide if you are pleased with the service
- Drop-off at the hotel