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Christian Rome Afternoon Tour

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Roma, Italy

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Explore the highlights of early Christian Rome with this exciting 3-hour afternoon walking tour via foot and coach.  Led by a knowledgeable driver-guide, get an insider's view of the Eternal City and its Christian history. Stops include the Basilica of Sant Maria Maggiore, the Basilica of St. John Lateran. And then go underground by checking out the intriguing catacombs, an early Christian burial spot just outside of the city at the Appian Way.
  • 3-hour coach and walking tour of Rome’s early Christian highlights with an expert guide
  • Visit the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, one of Rome’s five great ancient basilicas
  • See its gold mosaics, marble columns and richly decorated chapels
  • View the Holy Stairs, said to have been climbed by Jesus to his trial in Pontius Pilate’s palace
  • Admire the ornate Basilica of St John Lateran, the first church built in Rome
  • Explore the tunnels used as burial places and hideouts by Rome’s early Christians
Transport by air-conditioned coach (maximum 50 people)
Local guide
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Via Giovanni Amendola, 32, 00185 Roma RM, Italy

Departure Time

2:30 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
This 3-hour afternoon guided tour of Christian Rome is an excellent way to learn the history of the faith and the city. After getting picked up at your hotel and meeting your guide, learn about the early history of the Church in Rome and how the city was a major influence on Christianity today. 

Visit the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, a cavernous 5th-century church that today has a Baroque appearance. Stroll around the huge church with your guide learning about the history of the building and then head to San Giovanni in Laterano, otherwise known as the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the historic and official church of the pope. Go inside and walk around and then head next door to the Lateran Palace where the supposed steps of Pontius Pilate, known from the Biblical account of the trial and crucifixion of Jesus, exist. Today pilgrims ascend the 28 steps on their knees. 

At the top of the steps is the Holy of Holies, otherwise known as the Sancta Sanctorum, the erstwhile resting place for some of the most legendary relics in Church history: a chunk of the table that held the Last Supper, the heads of Saints Peter and Paul and the Holy Foreskin, the only piece of flesh Christ could have conceivably left on Earth, said to have been given to Pope Leo III by Charles the Great in 800 AD.

Next, trace the Appian Way, the famous ancient Roman road, passing the Chapel of Domine Quo Vadis, reputed to stand where St Peter saw a vision of the risen Christ.

Arrive at Rome’s catacombs – the nearly 186 miles (300 kilometers) of tunnels used as burial chambers and hideouts by early Christians. Then, depending on accessibility, explore the San Castillo, Santa Domitilla or San Sebastiano tunnels to see the burial niches, frescoes and other treasures lying inside.

Lastly, take in views of the Baths of Emperor Caracalla, the ruins of a 3rd-century Roman bathhouse. Then, end your tour at the start point or your choice of several city-center locations.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Green Line Tours - Day Tours
Meet your guide in central Rome or enjoy a pickup from your central Rome hotel. Then, board your air-conditioned coach to start your 3-hour tour.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Catacombe di Santa Domitilla
Arrive at Rome’s catacombs – the nearly 186 miles (300 kilometers) of tunnels used as burial chambers and hideouts by early Christians. Then, depending on accessibility,we 'll explore the San Callisto or Santa Domitilla or San Sebastiano catacombs, whre you'll see the burial niches, frescoes and other treasures lying inside.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Terme di Caracalla
Lastly, take in views of the Baths of Emperor Caracalla, the ruins of a 3rd-century Roman bathhouse. Then, end your tour at the start point or your choice of several city-center locations.
Stop At:  
Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano
View the wood-encased stairs and then visit the ornate Basilica of St John Lateran, the church that was dedicated to Christ in 318 and the first to be built in Rome.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
Get an interesting lowdown on Rome’s Christian heritage from your guide as you head to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore on Esquiline Hill. Dating from the 5th century, this magnificent church is one of Rome’s five great ancient basilicas and considered second only to St Peter’s Basilica for beauty.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please note: This is a Multilingual Tour
  • There can be a considerable amount of walking on Rome tours, (often on uneven, cobbled surfaces) due to coach regulations. It is possible for clients to remain on the coach, however this means that many of the sights will be missed
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops are allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. This dress code is strictly enforced and you will risk refused entry if you fail to comply with requirements
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 2 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Greenline Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Christian Rome Afternoon Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Christian Rome Afternoon Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Christian Rome Afternoon Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Christian Rome Afternoon Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Christian Rome Afternoon Tour?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Christian Rome Afternoon Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Christian Rome Afternoon Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Christian Rome Afternoon Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Christian Rome Afternoon Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 2 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Christian Rome Afternoon Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "The other 3 churches are accessible in the city on foot." See review
  • "Also taking a tour that requires your guide to use multiple languages during the tour can be a distraction." See review

Reviews

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OK, but not what we expected
GrandTour35504190091
, May 2019
We booked this tour expecting to see some special Christian locations and learn about them from the historical context of the religion of Christianity. The first stop at the catacombs was quite interesting and the local guide there was good. We had a fairly small group so it was not hard to stay together and hear everything that she had to tell us. The other tour stops were interesting but brief, and again we would have liked to learn more about them. Our guide presented the tour in 2 languages (English and Spanish), seeming to spend more time speaking to the Spanish group. I'm not sure if he was more comfortable with the language or not, but we felt that we basically got less than 1/2 of the information we expected. Additionally, our tour was advertised to include a viewing of the Holy Steps across the street from the Archbasilica of Saint John in Laterano, but we did not stop there and no announcement was made about the exclusion. I don't know if the site was closed (its web site said it was open) or if the itinerary of our tour changed, but this was a big disappointment since these steps had been opened to the public for the first time in 300 years during our visit and we booked this tour specifically to experience this rare opportunity. We should have been notified and we would have arranged to visit this location on our own.
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Rome Afternoon tour
Compass60341937645
, Dec 2018
Really enjoyed this afternoon tour! Beautiful sites, and plenty of interesting information. The guide at the catacombs was amazing!
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Not a good start!
Dawn L
, Sep 2018
The information and tour were enjoyable but we started out bad. We arrived at meeting destination and they loaded us on a bus. We sat and sat for at least 20 minutes in the heat with no air and no open windows. People began getting off and were told we needed to stay on. It was terribly hot! Not sure what we were waiting on but we should never have been loaded until it was time to depart. There were some really upset people. Including myself.
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Since this was a tour of Christian...
Ana V
, Jul 2018
Since this was a tour of Christian sites I was expecting more information on the Christian significance of the churches visited from the guide. However, the local guide at the catacombs was great.
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This was an excellent tour - we were...
theresaleyva
, Jul 2018
This was an excellent tour - we were driven to visit the Domatilla catacombs and then to St. John Lateran and Maria Maggiore Churches. Our tour guide was excellent and gave a wealth of information about the sites we visited. Well-worth the ticket price - thank you!
star-4
The most interesting part of the...
eve
, Dec 2017
The most interesting part of the tour is the catacomb. The other 3 churches are accessible in the city on foot. Its worth to join in pricewise.
star-4
I would stay longer at St. John's so...
tstehle825
, Nov 2017
I would stay longer at St. John's so participants could go up the stairs that Jesus walked.
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This tour was good to see these...
mark5auto
, Sep 2017
This tour was good to see these sights that were not as easy to get to by walking from the more central attractions of Rome, especially the catacombs. However, we were on a full sized bus with at least 40 people and there were four different languages spoken. There were two guides for this group. One led the Spanish speaking people and the other led the English, French and Italian speaking people. So we had to listen to three iterations of each topic along the tour route, which was distracting and a bit confusing. Besides that, there were no audio devices provided to assist with hearing the guide while visiting the sights, which is an essential need for these tours. If you want the most from these tours, stay CLOSE to the guide!
star-4
There were sights in Rome I don't...
Emily R
, Sep 2017
There were sights in Rome I don't think we would have gone to if we hadn't done this tour the catacombs, the holy stairs, Basilica of St John Lateran. The tour group was quite large and just wish we had headsets so it was easier to hear the tour guides.
star-3
Guides were not as good as several...
Lois L
, Sep 2017
Guides were not as good as several other tours we took in Rome

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