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Capitoline Museum Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour

1. Capitoline Museum Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour

On this 3-hour tour you’ll meet your guide at the top of the stairs of the St. Mary of Aracoeli Basilica, where you’ll begin your amazing journey through the history of the Capitoline Hill complex, including the Capitoline Museum and St. Mary of Aracoeli Basilica. Your professional guide will tell you how the construction on Capitoline Hill began, and how Michelangelo was commissioned by Pope Paul III to design the square. The first square of modern Rome was created by the genius of Michelangelo, rising on the Capitoline Hill, on the site of an old village and the place dedicated to numerous temples to the Roman deities. Step inside Santa Maria in Ara Coeli, built on the ruins of the Tempio di Giunone Moneta. Its name derives from a legend according to which a sibyl predicted the coming of the son of God, saying: Haec est ara filii Dei. This is the highest peak of the Campidoglio Hill. Visit the Capitoline Museum founded by Pope Sixtus IV, and admire paintings by Caravaggio and other masters. From the top of the hill, you’ll have a panoramic view of Rome that includes the domes of Sant'Andrea della Valle and San Pietro.

Catacombs & St John in Lateran Combo Tour

2. Catacombs & St John in Lateran Combo Tour

Take a 20-minute ride on a public bus to reach the Catacombs, near beautiful historic Appian Way. Once there, enjoy a guided tour with an expert local guide. Hear about how the oldest nuclei of the Roman Catacombs date back to the end of the second century and how the catacombs were built underground with tunnels on various levels to solve the spacial problems. Visit St. John in Lateran Basilica and explore all its points of interest in around 2 hours with a multilingual audio guide system. Begin by visiting the Basilica with the cloister and the Treasure Museum, then proceed outside the church to the Baptistery. You can then complete your tour by visiting the building of the Holy Stairs, located on the right of the basilica, and admire the original private papal chapel of the Sancta Sanctorum. If you only have one hour, you can visit the basilica and its cloister first, followed by the Holy Stairs and Sancta Sanctorum.

Rome: Highlights Vespa Tour with Coffee and Gelato

3. Rome: Highlights Vespa Tour with Coffee and Gelato

Explore Rome like a local on this guided Vespa tour. See Saint Peter's Square, the imposing Colosseum, the Tiber River, and the famous Trevi Fountain. Enjoy panoramic views, and relax with a refreshing gelato and a delicious Italian coffee. Meet your guide outside your hotel, and drive along the quaint cobblestone streets to the Colosseum and the lesser-known Mouth of Truth. Stop to refuel with a coffee and a gelato, then continue to Palatine Hill. Enjoy views of picturesque pines and ruins of the enormous Circus Maximus. Drive past Saint Peter’s Square and the biggest church in the world, St. Peter's Basilica. See the ancient Castel Sant’Angelo, a private mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian and his family dating from the 2nd century.  Zip along the Tiber River and see the iconic Trevi Fountain. Toss a coin into the elegant Baroque pool to ensure you come back to Rome. Return to your hotel having seen all the important sights of Rome.

Rome: Half-Day Semiprivate Christian Tour

4. Rome: Half-Day Semiprivate Christian Tour

Discover Rome and explore the sites that have made this city the center of Christianity. Relive this ancient history walking through the impressive Papal Basilicas, places where history, faith and art blend together through the lives of popes, saints and artists. You can visit the Basilica of St. Paul outside the Walls, with its beautiful medieval cloister, then move on to the first basilica in Rome, St. John Lateran, the place of the agreements between the political powers and the power of the church. Continue your journey in Catholicism at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the most important of the Roman churches dedicated to the Virgin Mary, with many mosaics and decorations. At the end, admire the elegance and the artistic and architectural majesty of St. Peter's Basilica and the masterpieces of Bernini and Michelangelo.

Rome: Catacombs of Rome and Main Basilicas Half-Day Tour

5. Rome: Catacombs of Rome and Main Basilicas Half-Day Tour

Begin your tour with visits to 2 important basilicas. Discover the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, the oldest of Rome’s 4 main basilicas and home to the Holy Stairs, a pilgrimage site. Then head to the Basilica of St. Mary Major to see the amazing collection of historic and religious artefacts. Admire the mosaics and the Crypt of the Nativity. Continue along the historic Appian Way, passing the Chapel of Domine Quo Vadis. Arrive at the ancient underground Catacombs of Rome. Explore these remarkable subterranean cemeteries, some dating back to the 2nd century. See historic artwork in the catacombs, and learn about how these underground passageways give insight into the early days of Christianity.

Rome: Lateran Palace Official Guided Tour

6. Rome: Lateran Palace Official Guided Tour

Join a guided tour to discover the inside of the majestic papal residence that played a key role in the history of the Church. Skip the line and immerse yourself in the spiritual beauty of this complex in southeast Rome. Once inside, your local guide will guide you through the main rooms of the Lateran Palace, such as the Hall of the Popes and the Hall of the Emperors. Make your way through the residence as you admire the frescoed vaults and magnificent ceilings. Continue your way towards the private apartment of the Bishop of Rome. Tapestries of fine workmanship, paintings of the great masters, and precious antique furniture will surprise you at every step. Finally, discover the Lateran Basilica through the stories of the great Prophets and Apostles.

Rome: Lateran Complex and Holy Stairs Guided Walking Tour

7. Rome: Lateran Complex and Holy Stairs Guided Walking Tour

Meet your guide outside the Lateran Obelisk, then travel back in time as you explore one of the most religious sights in Rome, the Lateran Complex. Admire the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, which dates back to the 4th Century AD, and learn about its historical importance. Marvel at the church’s impressive marble statues, mosaics, and vaulted ceilings. Soak up the array of architectural styles found at the church, including Neo-Classical and Renaissance. Discover the Holy Door, and learn how it is sealed by mortar, only to be opened during Jubilee years by the pope. Outside, marvel at the Holy Stairs, which traditionally represent the ascent Jesus made in Pontius Pilate’s Palace.  Next, check out the Obelisk, which is one of the largest in the world, and listen to stories of its history. Finally, head to the Lateran Baptistery, built on the orders of Emperor Constantine in the 5th Century.  

Rome: The Passion of Jesus Private Guided Tour

8. Rome: The Passion of Jesus Private Guided Tour

Embark on a 3.5-hour private guided tour with a focus on the spirituality of Rome and some of the churches linked to the Passion of Jesus. Start out at the Basilica of Santa Prassede, where you’ll see a relic of the pillar of the flogging, a segment of the column upon which Jesus was flogged before his crucifixion. Mentioned in 3 of the canonical gospels, this relic was brought to Rome during the Middle Ages. Next is a visit to the amazing Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. This is the largest Marian Church in Rome and is home to a piece of wood said to come from the crib of Jesus. Move on to the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, the first of the 4 papal basilicas to be built, and the Cathedral of Rome. See the Scala Sancta, or Holy Stairs. These are the steps leading up to Pilate's headquarter in Jerusalem, on which Jesus stepped before he was sentenced to death. To gain the plenary Indulgence, believers climb the steps on their knees. Nearby is the Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem. It was built in the 4th century A.D. to preserve the relics brought to Rome by St. Helen, the mother of Constantine. Several relics are preserved in the Cappella delle Reliquie. See the panel that hung on Christ's cross, 2 thorns from his crown, and 3 pieces of his cross.

Rome: Christian Basilicas & Secret Catacombs

9. Rome: Christian Basilicas & Secret Catacombs

The tour will start with a visit to the splendid Basilica of St. Mary Major, one of the four papal basilicas of Rome and the most important church dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Continuing through the Via Appia Antica up to the Catacombs of San Callixto or Santa Domitilla, you will go down for a visit of about 30 minutes to learn about early Christian cemeteries and shelters. Returning downtown to the city, admire the beautiful Basilica of St. John Lateran, the "Mater et Kaput" of all the churches of Rome and the world, surrounded by a complex including the Pontifical Lateran Palace, the Palace of the Canons, the Pontifical Roman Major Seminary and the Pontifical Lateran University. Both territories are on the Italian land. Where the basilicas arise, enjoy the privileges of extraterritoriality recognized by the Holy See that holds the full and exclusive jurisdiction. Your last stop will be at the Holy Stairs. According to tradition, the 28 steps of the stairs are exactly the same ones that Jesus went up in Pontius Pilate's palace in Jerusalem. Brought to Rome by St. Helena in the 4th-century, they are considered so sacred that the faithfuls climb them on their knees praying. The tour will finish near the Termini area or Piazza Barberini.

Christian Rome and Underground Basilicas 3-Hour Tour

10. Christian Rome and Underground Basilicas 3-Hour Tour

Enjoy a half-day walking tour of Christian Rome and discover underground treasures in some of the most sensational churches. Your guide will tell you fascinating facts along the way, leading you to the ancient Basilica of San Clemente, and the Cathedral of St. John in the Lateran Palace. Start at the Basilica of San Clemente, the only church in Rome to be built on 3 different levels. Constructed from the 1st to the 12th centuries, 2 underground floors can now be explored, including the Altar of Mithras from the 1st century. Continue to the church of the Santi Quattro Coronati, devoted to 4 anonymous saints and martyrs. In 2002, an extraordinary series of frescoes was uncovered depicting scenes from the Zodiac, Four Seasons, Liberal Arts, and King Solomon. Follow the story of the Emperor Constantine and Pope Sylvester in the Chapel of St. Sylvester, where it is said the famous Constitutum Constantini (Donation of Constantine) took place. End your tour at the Cathedral of Rome, also known as the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran. The oldest of the 4 Papal Basilicas, St. John Lateran boasts a splendid façade, but it’s the Scala Sancta (Holy Stairs) that will catch your eye.

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This tour was a very unique experience , super fun. You get to drive through the city and see it from a different angle . All the guides, Roberto and his son were very nice, ice cream was a nice addition. The tour operator was able to accommodate us even though we lost our time due to flight delay. 100% would recommend this tour to anyone who is looking for a thrilling experience.

Judy was a great guide, who really knew her stuff. Very friendly too. The Capitoline Museums are absolutely loaded with treasures and we needed every second of the 3 hours to do it justice. The basilica was breathtaking too. We really enjoyed the tour from beginning to end.

Great host. Very funny, informative and fun experience. Would 100% recommend and very good value for money

A great way to get around the different sites of Rome and get an incite into the city’s history.

Brilliant tour with a very knowledgeable and fun guide. A great way to see the city!