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Christian Rome Afternoon Tour

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    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.
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    Reviewed June 12, 2019

    I agree that your guide can make or break your experience and I finished this tour disappointed. Antonio (Anthony) was also our guide and watched him on more than one occasion take off when exiting the bus at sites. We felt so bad for those...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Tjohnson2
    Reviewed June 5, 2019

    A guide can make or break your experience. Our tour was booked through Green Line Tours. My husband and I are in our 50s, there was another couple younger, but most were older to elderly. Anthony was our guide. As soon as we got to...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Sheila P
    Reviewed August 30, 2018

    We found this tour to be very interesting. Our tour guide, Luca, was very knowledgeable and very good at conveying the information/history to our group. We were able to locate the city wonders employees very easily in the piazza, and they were very efficient at...More

    Date of experience: August 2018
    1  Thank Kelly R
    Reviewed March 9, 2018

    We took this tour looking for historical Rome sites from a Christian perspective. It was that only superficially. The main good thing was seeing the catacombs, which are a bit out of town. But we even used the tour guide at the basilica for that...More

    Date of experience: March 2018
    Thank Elayne6
    Reviewed October 18, 2017

    We wanted to see the Catacombs and have a guided tour of some Christian related places. As we waited on the mini bus, we were greeted by our guide who had to translate for 5 different languages but about 5minutes into the trip her microphone...More

    Date of experience: October 2017
    Thank Anna491
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