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You will be cruising around the sites, and walking out occasionally for a closer look.
We will pick you up from your hotel in Rome in a luxury climate controlled vehicle.
The first stop on the tour will be to visit the final resting place of St Paul at the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls.
The Basilica has been a stop for pilgrims since the first Jubilee ever celebrated in the year 1300. It's Holy Doors read in Latin: "Let peace and eternal salvation be given to those who enter."
Your guide will explain the stunning 13th century mosaics that decorate the 10th century arch at the altar.
On route to the next destination, your driver will take you past the Roman public baths from the 3rd Century AD! It's incredible how much is still standing today!
Just before the second stop, you will see the tallest obelisk of Rome in front of the Lateran Palace. This particular obelisk dates as far back as 15 centuries BC!
The Cathedral of the world, and the first church of Catholicism! You will arrive at the Basilica of San Giovanni to enjoy a tour.
You'll get to see the staircase believed to be the one Chirst himself walked up on the day of the crucifixion.
Here you'll see the Holy Doors depict a scene of the crucifixion with the words: "Christ: yesterday, today and forever."
Within the church, your guide will show you the 14th century Baldacchino by Arnolfo di Cambio.
Next stop, Basilica of St. Mary Major. This is the only of the 4 great basilicas dedicated to Virgin Mary.
A modern door was sculpted for this Basilica, consecrated by pope John Paul II and honoring Virgin Mary as the "Mother of God, and Mother of the Church."
In the Crypt of the Nativity you'll be shown religious relics such as this finely decorated golden crib. Tradition says that this particular piece contains fragments of the baby Jesus' crib.
You will see a 5th century Bizantine Icon of the Madonna while touring this incredible church.
The greatest artist of the Italian Baroque period is buried in the basilica. You'll be shown his tomb as your guide explains his many talents!
To conclude your pilgrimage, you'll be taken to visit a 5th century minor Basilica, famous for it's relics and outstanding works of art!
Legend has it these are chains in which St. Peter himself was bound during his imprisonment in the Roman Forum.
You will end your pilgrimage seeing something that not many know exists! One of the greatest masterpieces created by Michelangelo!
Visit Churches and other Christian Points of Interest
Our door-to-door service means that you get to sit back and relax
Visit sites off the beaten track
Includes a Private English-Speaking Guide
Rome is the world center of Catholicism, and some of the most precious religious sites are located here. This tour will allow you to visit them and grasp both the spiritual as well as artistic greatness of these sites! Regardless of your religious beliefs, the change to visit Rome's beautiful basilicas is not to be missed. Our Roman Basilicas Private Driving Tour to help you see all of the most important churches, and see the relics they hold.
This tour will take you to the remaining 3 of the most prized basilicas in Rome, with the 4th having already been part of your Vatican Privileged Entrance Tour! With the help of our guide, you will see and hear about the works of art that have graced these sacred walls for centuries. You will learn about the artists who have been inspired by the Biblical stories and the lives of saints, and honored to be able to express their talent working for the Popes. With the help of our driver, these locations though distant one from another, will be comfortably packed in a half day visit. All of this is done without getting lost in the crowds!
St. Paul Outside the Walls
Your journey will first bring you to the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls (San Paolo Fuori le Mura), where the remains of St. Paul the Apostle are believed to be buried. You will get a chance to see this tomb of incredible value to the Christian world, believed to be placed at the site of the saints martyrdom.
Arch-Basilica of St. John in Lateran
Many people don't know that the Cathedral of Rome (and the Catholic World) is not St Peter's and is, instead, on the other side of the city! With a guide accompanying you on your journey, you'll explore the first church of the Catholic World!
What's more, next to the cathedral of San Giovanni, you will have a chance to see the Holy Staircase, believed to be very stairs that Christ had climbed on the day of crucifixion, transferred by the Popes from Palace of Pontius Pilat from Jerusalem.
Santa Maria Maggiore
Another important stop will be the Basilica of St Mary Major (Santa Maria Maggiore), where you will be able to see the tomb of the great artist Bernini, and find out about the famous legend about the very location of the church! This is also the only one of the 4 great basilicas to be dedicated to Virgin Mary!
Finally, you will finish at St Peter in Chains (San Pietro in Vincoli), where you will see the chains that once bound St. Peter himself while imprisoned by the Roman authorities. Another stunning gem of this church is a statue of Moses, created by the incredible Michelangelo.
This tour is best combined with our Vatican Privileged Entrance Tour, giving you a more complete experience of the 4 Great Papal Basilicas, including St Peter's, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums.
The Basilicas of Rome Private Tour includes hotel pick up, if the location is in central Rome. Our driver will be with you the entire time, so that you can move around quickly. Your guide can point out some famous Roman sites and hidden gems in-between destinations, with someone always keeping their eyes on the road!
** We will be entering some of the basilica's during the time of the mass, which means that certain parts of the basilica's will be blocked off for general public. We will do our best to show you as much as possible inside. **We will visit the Holy Staircase, but there will be no time for climbing the staircase during the tour. *** If you are trying to make a booking up to 2 weeks in advance the website will show no availability, but feel free to contact us and we will do our best to accommodate you. ****We will collect you from your hotel if centrally located. Depending on the location of your hotel, the itinerary of visits may change.
At your hotel is in the historical centre of Rome, we pick you up there.
Where to Meet
What to Bring
€244 BASE PRICE
Child (6 or under)
The Roman Guy offers a full refund on Group Tour cancellations made more than 72 hours prior to your tour taking place. Cancellations made within 72 hours of your tour taking place cannot be refunded but we will do our best to accommodate you on another tour or date, pending availability.
The Roman Guy offers a full refund on Private Tour cancellations made more than 7 days prior to your tour taking place. Cancellations made within 7 days of your tour taking place cannot be refunded but we will do our best to accommodate you on another tour or date, pending availability.
Be prepared to be walking or on your feet for the duration of the tour. If that makes you nervous due to a physical condition, contact us for more information or go with a private tour that will move at your pace. Thanks!
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Giulia was great and so was our driver. Great trip to four basilicas. Highly recommend!
I had a private tour with Fabiola of the three basilicas, namely the Basilica of St. Paul, the Basilica of St. John Lateran and the Basilica of Mary MI had a private tour with Fabiola of the three basilicas, namely the Basilica of St. Paul, the Basilica of St. John Lateran and the Basilica of Mary Major. The reason was simply to visit the holy doors which are only open every 25 years (and some rare ones in-between on special occasions -- just like the 2016 one!). She was by in a league of her own in term of amount of knowledge; and she explains all in good English -- she is definitely a gem.
The tour agency also provides comfy SUV for the private tour, which is great, as the churches are not near to each other. Also, Bojan and Jillian are very prompt in their responses in replying emails...more
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I used The Roma Guy for two private tours for our family. To say that The Roman Guy provided an excellent tour and Rome experience would be an understI used The Roma Guy for two private tours for our family. To say that The Roman Guy provided an excellent tour and Rome experience would be an understatement. Our family did the private driving tour of Rome and loved it. Hilaria the guide was an absolute angel and so knowledgeable. Fabio the driver was amazing, they were both so fantastic that we requested them again for the following tour. Together Hilaria and Fabio were the dream team. Hilaria was also very caring and sweet towards my elderly mother.
Our family also took the private Basilicas tour. Julia our guide was so amazing, she made the tour so fun and special for us. Julia also took extra special care of our elderly mother on the tour. They learned so much about the different churches with Julia. The whole family loved her! We lucked out with Fabio again, not only an amazing driver but looked like he stepped right off the cover of GQ! What a great guy he was!
Extra special thanks to Jillian over at The Roman Guy. She spent HOURS with me on the phone helping me select the tours and helped me with restaurant recommendations and a ton of other questions that I had. She helped me customize the private tour to include something that we wanted to see. Jillan this trip would not have been as amazing without all your help and good advice. I am so grateful to you. You know you stuff and were so generous with your time. I would highly recommend The Roma Guy, they made such great memories for my family in Rome...more