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Holy Churches of Rome Small Group Tour

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4 hours

Tour Type

Walking Tour

Group Size

Max 15

Meeting Point

Client’s Hotel

Rome's Spiritual Majesty: A Small Group Exploration of the Papal Basilicas

As the amber sun gracefully descends, casting Rome, the Eternal City, in a soft golden glow, our very small group pilgrimage embarks on a spiritual journey to three of the four most revered Papal Basilicas and the ethereal Basilica of Santa Croce. Each of these spiritual citadels, unique and awe-inspiring in their own right, form an integral part of the ‘must-see’ catalog for any pilgrim stepping foot in Rome… 

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First, our expert theologian takes you to the imposing Basilica of Mary Major, or Our Lady of Snows. Not only is this the grandest edifice devoted to Mary in all of Rome, but it also carries a tale of divine intervention. Our journey of discovery continues with the monumental St. John Lateran, the Cathedral of Rome itself. Within its storied walls lies the seat of the bishop of Rome, the epicenter of ecclesiastical authority. From here, we find ourselves before the grand edifice of St. Paul’s Outside the Walls. Its austere beauty bears the weight of ages, the solemn serenity punctuated by the peal of bells, the quiet murmur of ancient rites, and the faint echo of distant chants. Finally, we arrive at the Basilica of the Holy Cross. Within its sacred confines are relics steeped in faith and shrouded in profound reverence. 

Expect to be moved, enlightened, and humbled. Come, let us tread the sacred path, where each stone bears the imprint of centuries of faith, where history and holiness converge in a deeply moving dance of reverence and awe.

Children under 7 years of age – Free

Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem
Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem

Lying hidden amidst Rome's bustling life is the Basilica di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, a sanctum of profound sanctity and subtle beauty. Within its humble façade, treasures of unparalleled significance reside - the relics of the Passion, a silent testament to Christ's sacrifice.

Walking its hallowed halls is akin to stepping into Jerusalem itself, its walls whispering tales of that sacred city, carried across time and tide by St. Helena herself. In fact, the very name of this basilica 'in Gerusalemme' is derived from the soil of Jerusalem that St. Helena brought here to sanctify the grounds, making it a piece of the Holy Land in the heart of Rome.

Holy stair of Jesus
Holy stair of Jesus

The Holy Stairs, also known as the Santa Scala, are a set of 28 marble steps in Rome, believed to be the stairs that Jesus Christ ascended during his trial before Pontius Pilate. According to tradition, the steps were brought from Jerusalem to Rome by Saint Helena in the 4th century. Pilgrims for centuries have revered these stairs, climbing them on their knees as a devotion, reflecting on Jesus' passion and suffering.

St. John Lateran, the Cathedral of Rome
St. John Lateran, the Cathedral of Rome

As the Mother and Head of all churches in Rome and indeed, in the world, St. John Lateran’s grandeur transcends mere architectural splendor, echoing with the weight of its ecclesiastical significance. 

Within its venerable walls, the cathedral serves as the seat of the bishop of Rome, lending it a sense of profound sanctity. Its vast nave and opulent interiors are a testament to the enduring power of devotion, each piece of art, each sculpted column, bearing the imprint of centuries. 

Intriguingly, it is the only Roman basilica that has both a holy door and a permanent papal throne. The Lateran complex, with its adjacent Holy Stairs, offers an encounter with the divine that stirs the depths of the soul.

Basilica of Mary Major
Basilica of Mary Major

Standing resolute atop the Esquiline Hill, the Basilica of Mary Major is not merely a testament to Rome's religious heritage but also an architectural marvel. 

Beneath its magnificent facade lies a fascinating fact: it is one of the only remaining structures to retain the core of its original structure despite various renovations across centuries. 

It also houses the Reliquary of the Holy Crib, believed to contain wood from the manger where Jesus was laid. From this vantage point, Santa Maria Maggiore not only stands as an enduring beacon of faith, but also as a bridge between eras, its echoes of the past intertwining with the ever-evolving story of Rome's spiritual journey.

Basilica of St. Paul’s Outside the Walls
Basilica of St. Paul’s Outside the Walls

The Basilica of St. Paul's Outside the Walls, is renowned for its stunning architecture, grandeur, and historical significance. Built over the burial place of St. Paul the Apostle, it features a striking neoclassical facade, magnificent mosaics, and a serene courtyard. The basilica is a symbol of Christian heritage and offers visitors a peaceful and reflective space to explore its rich religious history and artistic beauty.

Tour Highlights

  • Expert Insights at your Pace: Led by a seasoned theologian, enhancing historical and spiritual understanding.
  • Personalized & Efficient:Opportunity to delve deeper into the stories and symbolism behind these sacred spaces.
  • Full Assistance & Comfort: Receive undivided attention as the tour moves at a comfortable pace, perfect for savoring each site.

  • Customized tour tailored to your preferences.
  • Headset available.
  • Engaging, well-groomed guides to enhance your tour.
  • The option for the guide to meet you at your hotel upon request.
  • Transportation costs to and from the tour's meeting point.
  • Water or lunch during the tour.
  • Tips or gratuity for the guide.

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Tour's Location

How many people can join this tour?
  • The tour requires a minimum of 2 people per booking to be conducted.
  • The tour/activity is designed to accommodate a maximum of 8 people.
How do we travel from one site to the other.?
  • You have 3 options for moving around the city:
  • 1) Private car hire (this costs about €150 per hour)
  • 2) Your guide will call a taxi (a typical taxi trip is about €15)
  • 3) Your guide will take you on public transport (tickets cost €1,50 each)
What should I wear?
  • Comfortable shoes, such as sneakers with cushioned insoles, are highly recommended for walking.
  • Both men and women must cover their shoulders and knees when visiting churches.
What should I bring?
  • Sunscreen and a hat (in sunny weather)
  • A light jacket or layers (in cooler months)
  • A small bag to carry your belongings
  • Cash or credit card for souvenirs, or food
What is not allowed?
  • Food and drinks
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Smoking
  • Visitors are required to remove their hats when entering holy sites.
Is the tour physically demanding?
  • This tour involves walking, some stairs, and uneven terrain. Visitors with mobility issues may find the tour challenging.

We recommend you book one month in advance especially during peak season.


Know before you go

Availability varies depending on liturgical calendar, please inquire for specific dates.


What is the cancellation policy?
  • For a full refund, tours must be cancelled at least 96 hours prior to the scheduled start time.
  • If a tour is cancelled between 72 and 24 hours before the tour, only the balance amount will be refunded, and the ticket fee will be retained.
  • No refund will be issued for tours cancelled within 24 hours or less of the scheduled start time.
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