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CHRISTIAN ROME : 4 Hours                                                                


Christian Rome Private Tour Includes:

  • Rome – Civitavecchia roundtrip private transportation
  • Services of your English-speaking driving guide
  • Taxes, tolls and parking.

This upscale private tour of Rome offers a historic trip through Christian Rome. This shore excursion from Civitavecchia features a private tour of Rome’s Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, built on the Esquiline Hill in 352 AD. The smallest and the most precious of Rome’s four basilicas, this church is also called Our Lady of the Snow, due to a legend that snow fell on the site one summer after two Roman citizens prayed to the Virgin Mary for guidance.  You will be treated here to some extraordinary early Christian art and relics, including a gold-plated ceiling, magnificent 5th century mosaics, and wood from the manger of Bethlehem.
 
Your Rome private tour continues with a visit to the ancient Basilica of St. John in Lateran, the first Papal residence until 1307. The interior was renovated by Baroque architects Francesco Borromini for the 1650 Jubilee. You will get to see many important artifacts here, include a relic from the Last Supper table, the Holy Stairs of Christ's Passion, and the oldest and tallest of the 13 Egyptian obelisks in Rome.

 
Next you will reach the Holy Steps, climbed by Jesus to reach Pilate's Palace, and pass through the Porta di St. Sebastiano to arrive to the Ancient Appian way and the “Domine Quo Vadis” chapel. According to legend, Saint Peter met Jesus here while Jesus was fleeing persecution in Rome and asked the question “Where do you go?,” for which the church is named.
 
Last but not least, you will arrive at the Catacombs of St. Callixtus. Dating from the 2nd century AD, these catacombs are the most important of Rome’s sixty catacombs. They are sometimes considered the archives of the early Christian church as the tombs illustrate the beliefs and customs of the early Christians.

 

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