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We will be visiting Rome next October. Have interests in churches and related venues. Any ideas for guided tours would be welcomed.

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Hi we are here now. Seems as if there are churches on every corner. They are magnificent and each unique. M

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You might want to consider the Scavi Tour - under St Peters Basilica. The tour is only offered thru the Vatican Scavi office and requires reservations 30-90 days in advance of the tour.

You might also check out the Santa Susanna website. This is the American Catholic Church in Rome. It looks like the priest does church tours but I am not sure if this is year round or just during Lent. Email him and ask him your question

www.santasusanna.org/visitorInfo/tours.html

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Here are three different lists of favorite churches in Rome:

This list focuses mostly on ancient churches:

revealedrome.com/2011/10/best-churches-of-ro…

This one is very slanted towards Baroque churches:

tripadvisor.com/GoListDetail-i29580-Rome_Top…

And here is a partial list of my own favorite churches:

St. Peter's Basilica - The primary papal basilica in Rome, center of Catholic Christianity. For art lovers, there is Michelangelo's Pietà and Bernini's altar canopy. The tomb of St. Peter is below the main altar, and you can see (but usually not enter) the chapel where it's located in the papal grotto. The tombs of many popes are in the papal grotto, and others, including John Paul II are in the main basilica.

San Paolo fuori le Mura - This major basilica is south of the center of Rome, near the site where the Apostle Paul was beheaded. The original basilica was largely destroyed by a fire in the 19th century, but it's been reconstructed very much as it was before. There is a lovely cloister there.

Santa Sabina is a 5th century Christian Basilica which, apart from some modifications in the medieval period, is very much as it was in Roman times. There is a large golden mosaic over the entrance which has the original dedication in Latin, and with two women, one Greek and one Hebrew, who represent the two main branches of Christianity in ancient times. A side entrance has large carved wooden 5th century doors showing biblical scenes; it's very rare to find ancient Roman woodwork so well preserved.

Santa Maria in Trastevere - One of the earliest basilicas in Rome, but rebuilt in the 8th century. There are beautiful medieval golden mosaics in the apse.

Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri - built in the ruins of the ancient Roman baths of Diocletian, near Termini Station. Michelangelo was one of the architects who designed the interior of this beautiful church. There is usually a short organ concert here on Sundays, between the 10:30 mass and the noon mass. Inside the church is a meridian line that shows the time of exact noon each day, from light that enters a small hole high on the one of the walls.

San Luigi dei Francesi - near Piazza Navona, this church has three Caravaggio paintings illustrating scenes from the life of St. Matthew.

Santa Maria sopra Minerva - very near the Pantheon, this is Rome's only Gothic church, just on the inside.

San Pietro in Vincoli - This church near the Pantheon has Michelangelo's great statue of Moses.

Santa Costanza - a 4th century round church in the same convent complex as the Catacomb of St. Agnes. The ceiling of the ambulatory is decorated with a 4th century mosaic, one part of which depicts an ancient Roman grape harvest. This church was originally intended as a burial place for Costanza, a daughter of the Roman Emperor Constantine. However, she died while away from Rome and was buried elsewhere.

San Clemente - This basilica is built over an early Christian basilica, which you can visit. Under that earlier basilica there are some Roman houses and a Mithraic temple.

Santa Cecilia in Trastevere - a beautiful basilica which is built over the home of Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of music.

You might also want to visit one or more of the catacombs in Rome. Here is an older post with information about them:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g187791-i22-k44172…

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Luling, Tx.
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Thanks so much for all of the information. It will help really to make our visit worthwhile.

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I thought the churches were so much fun to visit. They are all over, free, just walk in except- they are not always open and if Mass is going on you won't be able to walk around. The churches, many of them are closed for a good part of the mid day. Some of the churches were not open at the times posted for and some only had a door open but you could not walk in only look in.

So if there are churches you definitely want to see - find out when they are open and when Mass is scheduled. Otherwise, continue walking a few hundred feet to the next great church.

Edited: 10:20 am, March 14, 2013
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Thanks for your help!

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