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Church of St. Peter in Chains (San Pietro in Vincoli) Tours

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Church of St. Peter in Chains (San Pietro in Vincoli)
Beloved by both pilgrims and art aficionados, the Church of St. Peter in Chains (San Pietro in Vincoli) houses the chains that bound Saint Peter when the Romans imprisoned him in Jerusalem. Built in the fifth century, the church today is also home to Michelangelo’s Moses, part of the unfinished monumental tomb of Pope Julius II.
 
The Basics
Michelangelo’s dramatic Moses statue was to have been the most prominent of the 40 figures planned for Pope Julius II's tomb and is considered one of the artist’s best works. But, work on the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican interrupted progress on the tomb, and Michelangelo completed only a few of the planned statues before his death.
 
The Church of St. Peter in Chains, also known as the Basilica Eudoxiana, is a favorite stop on walking tours of Ancient Rome that include other early Christian churches, such as San Clemente and the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. Those who want to pair their culture with cuisine can combine a tour of St. Peter in Chains with a wine tasting in the surrounding Monti neighborhood.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • If you are joining a walking tour of Rome, wear comfortable shoes, a hat, and sunscreen.
  • Catholic churches in Rome require modest attire to enter: Knees and shoulders must be covered.
  • Photography without flash is permitted inside the church.
  • There are stairs at the entrance to the church, so it is not accessible to wheelchairs or strollers.
 
How to Get There
St. Peter in Chains is only a short walk from the Colosseum and Roman Forum; the closest metro stop is Cavour.
 
When to Get There
Italy's capital city is one of the most popular destinations in Europe, and its sights can be very crowded in the summer months. Try to visit from November to April to enjoy the city's treasures without the crush of high-season tourists.
 
The Chains That Held St. Peter
This holy relic eventually made its way from Jerusalem to Rome, where it arrived in two parts, one of which was sent to Eudoxia, wife of emperor Valentinian III. When held next to shackles owned by Pope Leo I, legend holds the two parts miraculously fused together to form a single chain, now kept in an urn under the main altar.
Address: Piazza di San Pietro in Vincoli, Rome, Italy
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San Clemente Underground, Church & St. Peter in Chains Tour

San Clemente Underground, Church & St. Peter in Chains Tour

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Discover the archaeological layers underneath the Basilica of San Clemente on a guided tour of this 12th-century church. Descend three levels under the church to see a 4th-century basilica, the remains of an ancient pagan Mitraic temple, and further below, the ruins of ancient Roman homes. Then walk to the nearby Basilica of St. Peter in Chains to view ancient relics and Michelangelo's famous sculpture of Moses.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$61.04
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St. Peter's in Chains & Rione Monti Private Tour with Michelangelo's Mosè

St. Peter's in Chains & Rione Monti Private Tour with Michelangelo's Mosè

You will be able to admire Rome's historical Monti district on a 2.5-hour private, guided walking tour. Monti is spread across three of Rome's seven hills, and is one of the city's most attractive areas. Many of the attractions in this district cannot be easily reached by car, so the whole of your tour will be on foot. You will marvel at the Basilica of Saint Peter in Chains, which houses the relics of the chains that bound St. Peter upon his imprisonment in Jerusalem, and the celebrated statue of Moses sculpted by Michelangelo. You will behold the medieval towers of Capocci, Graziani, Milizie, and Grillo, and admire the beauty of Trajan's Market, the Suburra, and other precious churches, monuments and squares, including Piazzetta Madonna ai Monti, Monti's social hub and where its main nightlife attractions can be found. Your guide will also be able to advise you with regard to other points of interest, such as restaurants, shops and markets and much more besides.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$231.96
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St Peter and St Paul Basilica Walking Tour in Rome

St Peter and St Paul Basilica Walking Tour in Rome

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If you're interested in religious history, don't miss visiting two of Rome’s historical basilicas on this tour with a knowledgeable guide. First up is the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls, one of the lesser visited basilicas in Rome despite its status as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Then head to St Peter in Chains, located in the city center and home to a statue of Moses by Michelangelo. Learn about the significance of these sites dedicated to Peter and Paul, and visit the prison where they were once held.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$118.33
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$118.33

Priority Entrance Colosseum & Imperial Rome Afternoon Tour

Priority Entrance Colosseum & Imperial Rome Afternoon Tour

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Indulge in all things Imperial Rome with this informative and entertaining 3-hour guided afternoon tour. Traverse the city on foot and by comfortable coach as you hit all the important sites related to the Roman Empire,including the Forum, Capitoline Hill, the Circus Maximus and a skip-the-line Colosseum tour. And bonus: pop into the Church of St. Peter in Chains to see some marvelous Michelangelo sculptures, including his masterpiece, 'Moses.'
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$77.72
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Small Group Tour: Christian Rome and Underground Basilicas Half-Day Tour

Small Group Tour: Christian Rome and Underground Basilicas Half-Day Tour

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Explore the Christian basilicas and landmark locations in Rome on this guided, 3-hour, small-group tour. Visit the Basilica of San Clemente, the ancient Santi Quattro Coronati, the Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran. Learn fascinating facts about these and other basilicas along the way. Skip-the-line entrance tickets to the Basilica of San Clemente provided. Please dress conservatively. Attire such as shorts, miniskirts and uncovered shoulders are not allowed. Rome hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$110.00
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$110.00
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Between Holy Doors

Between Holy Doors

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What exactly can you expect from this tour? Immerse yourself in the Rome of the Popes, where stories, wonders, legends and reality blur and harmonize with today's Rome. You will be guided by one of our local, certified tour guides. What makes our guides special is their passion for Rome and they want to share it with you. Highlights of the tour: On this tour, you will experience "Santa Maria Maggiore", which contains one of the four Holy Doors. Then we will reveal the hidden basilica "Santa Prasede" and its secrets. Followed by "San Pietro in Vincoli" where you will see the statue of Moses by Michelangelo and the miraculous chains of St. Peter. Then we will visit two of the oldest churches in the city: "Santi Quattro Coronati" with the legend of Pope Sylvester "San Clemente", dedicated to the fourth Pope "Clemens I" The tour culminates in a visit to the arch-basilica of "San Giovanni in Laterano", which contains another of the four Holy Doors.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$35.87
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$35.87
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St Peter in chains & Ancient Rome private walking Tour

St Peter in chains & Ancient Rome private walking Tour

With our 4 hours private Tour you will be able to discover both ancient side of Rome and the renaissance one. You will be accompanied by a private guide who escort you from the very beginning of your Tour, at Colosseum and then through the Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum. The second part of your Tour will be at St. Peter in Chains, where you will have the chance to see Michelangelo’s Moses
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  • 4 hours
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$304.90
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$304.90
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Special Christian Rome and Underground Basilicas

Special Christian Rome and Underground Basilicas

Sensational churches. The tour starts in the Lateran area, visit of St. John Lateran Basilica, the oldest of the four Papal Basilicas, considered “The Church of Rome”, the mother of all churches The Cathedral, the place where the Bishop has the seat. Then the tour continues with the visit of St. Clement’s Basilica, the only church in Rome to be built on 3 different levels, from the 1st to the 12th century and the underground floors can be explored, including the altar of Mithras from the 1st century. The visit ends with St. Peter’s in Chains Basilica, called like that for the chains that, according to the tradition, Helene Constantine’s mother brought in Rome and for a miracle where joined to the other St. Peter’s chain in Rome. The church, is famous also for the statue of Moses, created by Michelangelo the tomb of the Pope Julius II.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$110.85
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$110.85
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Exclusive Rome Underground San Clemente Basilica Small-Group Tour - VIP Entrance

Exclusive Rome Underground San Clemente Basilica Small-Group Tour - VIP Entrance

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Discover some of Rome's hidden treasures on this small-group tour that takes you from the arenas of the ancient republic to the sublime art of the High Renaissance. Admire sacred relics and an unfinished masterpiece by Michelangelo at San Pietro in Vincoli church, and see where gladiators prepared for battle at the Ludus Magnus near the Colosseum. Then, take an underground archaeological tour through millennia of Roman history at the multi-layered Basilica of San Clemente al Laterano.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$81.31
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$81.31

VIP Christian tour of Rome with Driver & Private Licensed Tour Guide (8hrs)

VIP Christian tour of Rome with Driver & Private Licensed Tour Guide (8hrs)

Discover the historic Christian landmarks of Rome during this private tour. Skip the line for quick entry into the Vatican Museums with priority access tickets and explore the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Visit the Catacombs of San Callisto, the Basilica of San Clemente, and the Sant’Ignazio Church and learn about each attraction’s history. The itinerary can be customized according to your interests.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,328.56
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$1,328.56
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Exclusive Rome Undergrounds| San Clemente Basilica Private Tour | VIP Entrance

Exclusive Rome Undergrounds| San Clemente Basilica Private Tour | VIP Entrance

A 2.5-hour tour for those who want to experience the treasures of Rome off the beaten path. You will be introduced to art and architecture from antiquity through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. With your professional art historian guide, visit San Clemente underground, San Pietro in Vincoli church, and Ludus Magnus. This Exclusive Private Tour will brings you into the depths of history and you can maximise your time enjoying awesome experience. Tour for family with kids, groups of friends and couples.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$166.20
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$166.20
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Private Tour: Christian Rome and Underground Basilicas - Half-Day Walking Tour

Private Tour: Christian Rome and Underground Basilicas - Half-Day Walking Tour

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The history of the early Church is one of the most fascinating aspects of western history. This private half-day tour takes you to the most important sties in Christian Rome. Marvel at the Basilica of St. Clement, a 900-year-old church built on top of a fourth-century church that is built on a first-century nobleman's house. Pop into the Church of St. Sylvester, where the Donation of Constantine is said to have taken place, and explore the huge San Giovanni in Laterano and the Sancta Sanctorum, a room that once held the most revered relics in Christendom, including the heads of Saint Peter and Paul, a chunk of the table used at the Last Supper and Jesus' Foreskin.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$209.25
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$209.25
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Christian Rome Tour

Christian Rome Tour

This tour includes the symbols of the Christianity, such the four most important Basilicas of Rome such St.Peter's Basilica
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  • 4 hours
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$292.29
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$292.29
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Monti District Street Food and Sightseeing Tour

Monti District Street Food and Sightseeing Tour

Monti is the neighborhood tourists choose while visiting Rome because it is close to the Colosseum, then they discover that it is also a very trendy and peaceful area. A pleasant surprise, both for its elegant and romantic views, and for some gems that it conceals, such as the Moses by Michelangelo, preserved in the church of San Pietro in Vincoli. With this tour you will spend 2 and a half hours around the neighborhood, discovering its beauties and appreciating some treats of the local and national street food, like the salty maritozzo, a brioche stuffed with various options of salami, cheeses, or marinated vegetables, or the typical Neapolitan pizza. You cannot miss a taste of Roman pizza and mortadella, accompanied by a good sip of Lazio wine, to conclude with one of the best artisan ice creams in the city. After a morning spent at the Colosseum or around Rome, what better opportunity to spend a relaxing afternoon discovering the neighborhood and nice places to eat well!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$51.82
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$51.82
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Christian Catacombs Private Tour

Christian Catacombs Private Tour

Join us on a journey through Christian Rome with its Basilicas, Churches and other sacred buildings for an unforgettable spiritual experience. Travel along the footsteps of Saint Peter and Paul, before arriving to the Catacombs, the underground burial chambers and the place of worship of the early Christians. Unique experience to learn about habits and traditions. This tour will offer a perspective of the ancient Rome you won’t experience in the city centre.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$225.85
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$225.85
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Rome Underground Private Tour: Appian Way, Catacombs and Roman Basilicas

Rome Underground Private Tour: Appian Way, Catacombs and Roman Basilicas

Following the footsteps of St. Peter to the district, home to the warm spirit, and the famous wealthy and famous families in Rome, the Appian Way, known as the Queen of Roads. It is dated 312 BC and was also flanked by mausoleums and the unmissable Christian Catacombs. Persecution of many Christian martyrs under pagan Emperors, whose bones, once buried underground, became objects of veneration.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$376.64
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$376.64
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Wine Tasting Tour in Rome around Rione Monti

Wine Tasting Tour in Rome around Rione Monti

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Explore the Monti neighborhood of Rome with this half-day, small group wine tasting tour. Learn about different Italian winemaking regions as you visit several wine bars for snacks and glasses of wine. Skip the hassle of navigating and follow your local guide through one of Rome’s artistic and historic neighborhoods.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$106.42
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Christian Rome with Driver Private Tour from your Hotel in Rome

Christian Rome with Driver Private Tour from your Hotel in Rome

Rome is a city that is rich in history and has remained one of the most visited cities by Christians from around the globe. From Caesar and Pontius Pilate, to St. Paul and the Apostles, visitors will find that our Christian Rome Tour allows them to walk in the footsteps of the Saints. The Christian Rome Tour combines some of Rome’s most significant and incredible churches that have inspired pilgrims and visitors for centuries, with top historic sites, monuments, lively piazzas, and museums that you expect to see in the Eternal City for an exciting tour experience in Rome. Through this tour, you get the best of both worlds in one single day. This is as Tour By Car with only an English Speaking Driver (it does NOT include Tour Guides or Walking Tours) Your driver is NOT a licensed tour guide.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$624.43
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$624.43
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Christian Rome with Driver - Private Tour from your Accommodation in Rome

Christian Rome with Driver - Private Tour from your Accommodation in Rome

Rome is a city that is rich in history and has remained one of the most visited cities by Christians from around the globe. From Caesar and Pontius Pilate to St. Paul and the Apostles, visitors will find that our Christian Rome Tour allows them to walk in the footsteps of the Saints. The Christian Rome Tour combines some of Rome’s most significant and incredible churches that have inspired pilgrims and visitors for centuries, with top historic sites, monuments, lively piazzas, and museums that you expect to see in the Eternal City for an exciting tour experience in Rome. Through this tour, you get the best of both worlds in one single day. This is as Tour By Car with only an English Speaking Driver (it does NOT include Tour Guides or Walking Tours). Italian laws permits only licensed tour guides to accompany guests on foot to sightsee. To comply with these strict laws, Driver will wait for you with the vehicle while you SELF TOUR.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$637.71
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$637.71
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Christian Rome with Driver Private Shore Excursion for Cruisers

Christian Rome with Driver Private Shore Excursion for Cruisers

Rome is a city that is rich in history and has remained one of the most visited cities by Christians from around the globe. From Caesar and Pontius Pilate to St. Paul and the Apostles, visitors will find that our Christian Rome Tour allows them to walk in the footsteps of the Saints. The Christian Rome Tour combines some of Rome’s most significant and incredible churches that have inspired pilgrims and visitors for centuries, with top historic sites, monuments, lively piazzas, and museums that you expect to see in the Eternal City for an exciting tour experience in Rome. Through this tour, you get the best of both worlds in one single day. This is as Tour By Car with only an English Speaking Driver (it does NOT include Tour Guides or Walking Tours). Italian laws permits only licensed tour guides to accompany guests on foot to sightsee. To comply with these strict laws, Driver will wait for you with the vehicle while you SELF TOUR.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$811.19
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$811.19
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Rainbow Tour: the Secret Gay History of Rome

Rainbow Tour: the Secret Gay History of Rome

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Take a deep dive into Rome's secret gay history during this LGBT-friendly tour with guide. Exploring on your own, you may pass the top Rome highlights but not know the gay history behind them. Through guided commentary, you'll learn little-known facts and figures about Rome's gay history. Stops include the spot where Julius Caesar was killed, the Imperial Forum, the Basilica of Santa Maria, Opium Hill, and Rome's Gay street where you'll stop at a famous gay pub.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$66.96
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$66.96
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2.5-Hour Rione Monti Private Guided Walking Tour

2.5-Hour Rione Monti Private Guided Walking Tour

Explore a lesser-known side of Rome on a 2.5-hour, private walking tour through the district of Monti, where you’ll find a wealth of local culture and historic landmarks. Follow narrow, car-free lanes to churches with masterpiece artwork, medieval towers, and bustling plazas, as your guide shares stories about daily life, history, and more. This 2.5-hour Monti walking tour includes all entrance fees, is priced at a flat rate for up to 15 people, and offers the flexible, personal experience of a private guide.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$307.29
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$307.29
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Christian Rome with Driver Private Shore Excursion for Cruisers

Christian Rome with Driver Private Shore Excursion for Cruisers

Rome is a city that is rich in history and has remained one of the most visited cities by Christians from around the globe. From Caesar and Pontius Pilate, to St. Paul and the Apostles, visitors will find that our Christian Rome Tour allows them to walk in the footsteps of the Saints. The Christian Rome Tour combines some of Rome’s most significant and incredible churches that have inspired pilgrims and visitors for centuries, with top historic sites, monuments, lively piazzas, and museums that you expect to see in the Eternal City for an exciting tour experience in Rome From the cruise port your tour will start with an easy and comfortable drive to Rome that will take approximately 90 minutes. During this time, your private driver will point out various points of interest along the way and answer any questions that you may have about your day. This is as Tour By Car with English Speaking Driver it does NOT include Tour Guides or Walking Tours Your driver is NOT a licensed tour guide.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$811.19
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$811.19
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Private Unique Rome, Churches, Angels and Art Photo Tour and Workshop

Private Unique Rome, Churches, Angels and Art Photo Tour and Workshop

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Rome is one of the most photogenic cities in the world, but it’s not always easy for a visitor to know where to get the best shots. Capture the Eternal City’s unique spirit with this photography tour, a moving workshop that stops in historic churches across the city to frame the lavish frescoes and carved angels, sumptuous naves and crypts, and soaring domes and other architectural details.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$197.62
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$197.62
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