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Basilica di San Lorenzo in Lucina Tours

Basilica di San Lorenzo in Lucina
One of the oldest churches in Rome, the Basilica di San Lorenzo in Lucina has a simple porticoed facade that almost gets lost amongst the tony boutiques and bustling cafes that crowd its eponymous square. But step beyond the modest Romanesque exterior and experience the layers of history inside, from the Roman to the baroque.

The Basics
San Lorenzo in Lucina has been standing since the fourth century, and it is believed to have been built on an ancient temple dedicated to the Roman goddess Juno. Today, the church is a minor basilica dedicated to Saint Lawrence, a Roman martyr, and little of its original architecture remains. Instead, the building mixes everything from repurposed Roman columns and a 12th-century portico and bell tower to an ornate 17th-century baroque interior with a few 19th-century frescoes interspersed.
 
See the basilica on walking or Segway tour of early Christian churches and sites, including San Clemente and the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. As San Lorenzo in Lucina is in Rome’s historic center, pair a visit of the church with a tour of nearby highlights, including Piazza di Spagna and the Trevi Fountain.
 
Things to Know Before You Go

  • Wear comfortable shoes, a hat, and sunscreen on walking tours of Rome.
  • Catholic churches in Rome require modest attire to enter: Knees and shoulders must be covered.
  • Photography without flash is permitted inside the church.
  • The church is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
  • Those interested in the historic Catholic church appreciate the relics of San Lorenzo (St. Lawrence) housed here.
 
How to Get There
Piazza di San Lorenzo in Lucina and its church are located just off the Via del Corso in Rome's historic center, within walking distance from Trevi Fountain and Piazza di Spagna. 
 
When to Get There
Rome is a popular tourist destination, and its main sights can be crowded in summer. Quieter churches like San Lorenzo in Lucina offer a welcome respite during the midday hours when the Vatican and Colosseum are packed.
 
Who Was Lucina?
The basilica’s name is a mystery, as no one is sure who Lucina was. Some believe she was a pious patrician woman whose home was used as a church, called a “domus ecclesiae.” That said, Lucina was also a name used for Juno, Roman goddess of heaven and protector of Roman women, and it is likely that the church was built on the site of a shrine dedicated to the pagan deity.
Address: Piazza di S. Lorenzo in Lucina, 5, Rome, Italy
Admission: Varies
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Villa Borghese and City Centre by Segway

Villa Borghese and City Centre by Segway

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Discover Rome without leaving a big carbon footprint with this Segway tour of the city center, led by a professional guide! You'll have your choice of all sorts of tour options long and short, with stops at some of the Eternal City's most fantastic piazzas, fountains, and buildings along with off-the-beaten sights not seen by the average tourist.
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Piazze di Roma – The Living Rooms of the City

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Immerse yourself in the squares of Rome. Experience the art and history in these public squares, that make Rome an open-air museum. Highlights of the guided tour: Visit the gardens of the "Castel Sant'Angelo". On the way to the "Via del Corso", we will pass the "Supreme Court of Cassation", the "Museo dell'Ara Pacis" and the "Mausoleo of Augustus". Followed by a visit to the impressive Basilica "Santi Ambrogio e Carlo al Corso", with the heart of St. Charles Borromeo. Continued by the "Piazza del Popolo" and "Santa Maria del Popolo" with its masterpieces by Pinturicchio, Rafael, Bernini, Caravaggio and Carlo Fontana. Followed by the romantic "Piazza di Spagna". The church "Sant'Andrea delle Fratte" houses masterpieces by Bernini and Borromini. Then we discover "San Lorenzo in Lucina" with the grate on which St. Lawrence was martyred. Highlight is the Basilica "Sant'Ignazio di Loyola", the second most important church of the Jesuits, with impressive optical illusions.
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Rome Walking Tour: Mary and Saint's Churches

Rome Walking Tour: Mary and Saint's Churches

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Religious history buff? Don’t miss the chance to visit some of Rome’s historical churches with a knowledgeable guide. This tour takes you to sites dedicated to Mary and different saints, including the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri, Church of Santa Maria della Victoria, Church of Saint Susanna at the Baths of Diocletian, San Andrea della Frate, Church of San Silvestro in Capite and Church of the Twelve Holy Apostles. Learn about the significance of these sites as you see features like a Bernini statue and relics of the Apostles.
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Roman Holiday by Segway

Roman Holiday by Segway

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Experience Audrey Hepburn’s Rome on a Segway tour. Spare yourself the tiring walking tours and skip the stuffy sightseeing bus. The easy-to-use eco-friendly Segway allows you to cover a huge amount of the city in the open air. Choose a start time that works for you, then follow your guide to the monuments featured in "Roman Holiday" and beyond.
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Pizza Walking Tour

Pizza Walking Tour

The best combination of a guided tour through the city and making your own pizza! A nice tourguide, interesting history, medieval streets, beautiful baroque squares, stories about popes and great emperors. Giving you a good idea about Rome in different times. But if you really want to be part of Rome you need to know how to make a good pizza so halfway the tour we enter a pizzeria in the heart of the historical center to prepare your own unique pizza. Buon Appetito!
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Spiritual tour - In-Depth Walking Tour of Rome

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This In-Depth walking tour is perfect for those of you who would like to learn more about the Eternal City. Your local guide, Luigi Senise with a Phd in Art History, will show you the marriage between art, faith and history walking through Rome's famous landmarks. Discover the churches with its treasures: Raphael, Caravaggio, Bernini, Borromini and many more. This complete three hour tour offers you the best way to experience the spiritual beauty and the fascination of Rome.
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