Basilicas of Rome Private Driving Tour

Visit Rome's Incredible Basilicas

Travel Flexibly 5 / 5 See All 10 Reviews · 3.00h custom · Rome, Italy

Join us on a private driving tour of Roman basilicas including the Holy Staircase, Santa Maria Maggiore and St. Peter in Chains. Visit three out of four the Major Basilicas in Rome with a private English-speaking guide.

Tour Details
  • Hotel Pick Up
  • St. Paul Outside the Wall
  • Holy Door
  • Altar Mosaic
  • Baths of Caracalla
  • Lateran Obelisk
  • Cathedral of San Giovanni
  • Holy Door
  • Baldacchino
  • Basilica of Saint Mary Major
  • Reliquiary of the Holy Crib
  • Oldest image of Virgin Mary
  • Tomb of Bernini
  • Saint Peter in Chains
  • The Chains of Peter
  • Michelangelo's Moses
  • Meeting Point
  • Holy Door
  • Holy Staircase

Rome is the world center of Catholicism, and some of the most precious religious sites in the world are located here. Regardless of your own religious beliefs, our private Basilicas of Rome driving tour is your chance see all of the most important churches in Rome, and the important art and relics they house. Visit three out of the four Major Basilicas in Rome.The fourth Major Basilica is St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, which we visit on numerous private and small group Vatican tours. This 3-hour private tour includes:

 

  • - Your own personal English-speaking guide
  • - Visits to St. Paul Outside the Walls, Arch-Basilica of St. John in Lateran, Santa Maria Maggiore and St. Peter in Chains
  • - Comfortable, air-conditioned luxury transportation
  • - Door-to-door pick up and drop off

Important! Since the basilicas on this tour are sacred places, both men and women must cover their knees and shoulders. Otherwise, you may be refused entry. We understand that summers in Rome are hot - a great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. That way, you can cover your knees and shoulders when necessary.

Door-to-Door Transportation

To make this private tour in Rome even better, we pick you up and drop you off! Using a luxury climate-controlled vehicle, these private transfer services are included for accommodations located in Rome’s city center. Not sure if you're staying central? No worries, just contact our Travel Experts by email or online chat to be sure. For pick-up or drop-off at accommodations located outside the city center, an extra fee will apply.

St. Paul Outside the Walls

The first stop on this private driving tour is the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls (San Paolo Fuori le Mura), where the remains of the Apostle St. Paul are buried. Built during the fourth century A.D., the basilica is the second largest in Rome after St. Peter's Basilica. The church features incredible marble columns and houses stunning mosaics from the thirteenth century.

Arch-Basilica of St. John in Lateran

Founded during the fourth century in honor of St. John the Baptist and John the Evangelist, St. John Lateran (Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano) is also known as the Cathedral of Rome. This church is very important as it holds the official seat of the pope. Named an Archbasilica, this is the highest ranked Major Basilica out of the four in Rome.

 

Located opposite of the Arch-Basilica of St. John in Lateran are the Holy Stairs (Scala Sancta in Italian). They are believed to be the very stairs that Christ climbed on the day of his crucifixion. In 1589 they were transferred by Pope Sixtus the V from the Palace of Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem to their current location. At the top of the staircase is the Sancta Sanctorum, a chapel originally dedicated to St. Lawrence. This special chapel was the first of its kind, providing a private place of worship for the papacy.

Santa Maria Maggiore

The Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore is the largest church in Rome dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Built in the fourth century, legend has it that the Virgin Mary herself influenced where the church was built. In a dream that came to both Pope Liberius and the Patrician John, she requested that a church be built in a spot that she would reveal. Then, a blanket of snow covered the Esquiline Hill on August 5th as an indication that this was the spot. For this reason, the church is sometimes nicknamed ‘Our Lady of the Snows’. The basilica still retains the bell tower (the highest in Rome) as well as some impressive fifth-century mosaics and marble columns from the medieval era.

St. Peter in Chains

The last stop on this tour is the church of St. Peter in Chains (San Pietro in Vincoli), which houses the relic of Saint Peter’s chains from the time he was imprisoned in Jerusalem. With its simple decoration, the Basilica San Pietro in Vincoli stands apart from other churches built during the same time period. The church is renown because it houses Michelangelo’s statue of Moses which was intended as a funeral monument for warrior pope, Pope Julius II.

 

What you get with this tour
Includes a Private English-Speaking Guide
Our door-to-door service means that you get to sit back and relax
Visit sites off the beaten track
Visit Churches and other Christian Points of Interest
Tripadvisor Logo
See what people are saying

10 total reviews

Leave a review
Average customer rating
5.00 / 5 based on 10 total reviews
5 star 10
4 star 0
3 star 0
2 star 0
1 star 0
8/22/2021

E
Reviewed by
Elaine Grammer-Pacicco
9/29/2019
Great way to learn more

Rome has so many amazing churches and basilicas and this tour allowed me and my friend to see a lot of them. Our driver was very kind and our tour guide knew so much about the architecture and history of the basilicas we saw. She also was very knowledgable about Christianity and Catholicism which I appreciated as a devout Catholic. Moving, inspirational, and informative tour.

8/16/2019
Good tour of the Basilicas of Rome

Great tour. We saw a lot of basilicas, the car was nice and cool as it was quite hot in Rome. Will definitely use the Roman guy in the future.

show more reviews

Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

If you're staying in a hotel or private accommodation in the historical center of Rome, we'll come and get you! After you book, we will reach out to you for the details. Or, feel free to call or email us yourself.

What to bring?

Because the sites on this small group tour are religious, you must cover your knees and shoulders. This dress code is strictly enforced. We know that Rome is hot in summer - a great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. That way, you can cover your knees and shoulders when necessary.

Is there a dress code to enter the religious sites on this tour?

We ask both men and women to cover knees and shoulders, otherwise you may be refused entry to the religious sites on this private tour. We understand the summers in Rome can be hot - a great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. That way, you can cover your knees and shoulders when necessary.

I have some doubts about my mobility. Is this tour right for me?

If you have any doubts about your mobility, this is a good tour for you. Our private tours offer more flexibility in terms of pace and special accommodations.

What are the chances my one of the stops on the itinerary will change?

We will enter some of the basilicas during mass, which means certain parts might be closed off to us. We will do out best to show you as much as possible inside the churches.

Does this tour include St. Peter's Basilica?

No, if you want a guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica, we offer several Vatican tours, both private and small group, that include the church. We suggest combining this private Basilicas of Rome driving tour with the private Pre-Opening Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica tour.

What to bring?

Because the sites on this small group tour are religious, you must cover your knees and shoulders. This dress code is strictly enforced. We know that Rome is hot in summer - a great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. That way, you can cover your knees and shoulders when necessary.

Where to meet?

If you're staying in a hotel or private accommodation in the historical center of Rome, we'll come and get you! After you book, we will reach out to you for the details. Or, feel free to call or email us yourself.

$91.14 per adult
+ $357.54 base price
Total: $448.68

available days discounted days

Reserve Now $91.14 / per person
$91.14 / per person
You may also like
Guided Tour
Up to 37 % off

Guided Tour

Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

Explore the Exclusive Newly Opened Underground Tunnels for the First Time Ever!

Guided Tour
Up to 5 % off

Guided Tour

Skip the Line Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica

Skip the Line with your Small Group and Super Fun Tour Guide

Guided Tour
Up to 30 % off

Guided Tour

Colosseum Underground plus Belvedere Top Level Tour

The Complete Colosseum Tour including the Newly Opened Underground Tunnels

Guided Tour

Guided Tour

Trastevere "Locals" Food Tour in Rome

Eat Where the Locals Eat in Rome with Cheese, Pasta, Gelato & More

Guided Tour
Up to 9 % off

Guided Tour

Rome in a Day Tour with Colosseum and Vatican Museums

Visit all the Main Highlights of Rome and the Vatican in One Day

Day Trip

Day Trip

Rome to Pompeii Day Trip with Stunning Sorrento

Explore Pompeii's ruins with an archaeologist

Guided Tour

Guided Tour

Complete Vatican Combo Tour with Sistine Chapel & Dome Climb

Skip the line to St. Peter's Dome, the Vatican Museums and the Papal Crypts

Guided Tour
Up to 15 % off

Guided Tour

Privileged Entrance Arena Floor Colosseum Tour with Roman Forum

Gain Exclusive Access to the Arena Floor where Gladiators Fought

Private Tour

Private Tour

Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Private Tour

Private Skip the Line Vatican Tour

Private Tour

Private Tour

Private Rome City Driving Tour

See Rome on a VIP Private Driving Tour

Guided Tour
Up to 15 % off

Guided Tour

Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel

Be one of the first to enter the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

Guided Tour

Guided Tour

VIP Colosseum at Night Tour with Underground and Arena Floor

See the Colosseum at Night with No Crowds at All

Private Tour

Private Tour

Private Colosseum and Roman Forum Tour with Restricted Access

Gain Exclusive Access to the Arena Floor where Gladiators Fought with Private Guide

Guided Tour
Up to 22 % off

Guided Tour

Privileged Entrance Colosseum Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

Skip the line and tour the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

Guided Tour
Up to 16 % off

Guided Tour

Vatican Highlights Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica

Skip the Line and be one of the first to enter the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

Guided Tour

Guided Tour

Rome in a Half Day with Electric Bikes

See all of Rome Effortlessly on your Electrical Bike in a Small Group

Guided Tour

Guided Tour

Rome Catacombs Tour With Capuchin Crypts

Visit Ancient Roman Tombs in Comfort with Climate Controlled Vehicle

Private Tour

Private Tour

Catacombs Private Tour in Rome

Your Own Personal Catacombs Guide

Guided Tour
Up to 5 % off

Guided Tour

Vatican Night Tour with Sistine Chapel

Enjoy a Unique Experience of Entering the Vatican Museums After Hours

Guided Tour
Up to 10 % off

Guided Tour

First Entry Vatican Gold Tour with Sistine Chapel

See the Sistine Chapel a Full 90 Minutes Before Anyone Else!

Private Tour

Private Tour

Private Detailed Itinerary Vatican in a Day Tour with Sistine Chapel

A Private Vatican Tour for Art History Nerds

Private Tour

Private Tour

Private Vatican Highlights Tour with Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Bas ...

A Private Guided Vatican Highlights Tour

Guided Tour

Guided Tour

Ultimate St. Peter's Basilica Dome Climb and Tour with Papal Crypts

Skip the Line to St.Peter's Dome and Enjoy the Best views of the City

Guided Tour
Up to 10 % off

Guided Tour

Detailed Itinerary Vatican in a Day Tour with Sistine Chapel

Skip the Line and Gain a More Intimate and Deeper Experience of the Museums

Guided Tour

Guided Tour

Flash Vatican & Sistine Chapel Tour

Our shortest and most affordable Vatican Tour

Guided Tour

Guided Tour

VIP Rome Catacombs Night Tour with Capuchin Crypts

Explore ancient tombs closed to the public

Private Tour

Private Tour

Private Rome in a Day E-Bike Tour

The Best of Rome in a Day by E-Bike

Guided Tour

Guided Tour

Rome Walking Tour with Pasta Making Class and Lunch

See the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona & more

Day Trip

Day Trip

Sistine Chapel, Vatican Gardens & Pope's Summer Home Day Trip

Vatican to Castel Gandolfo for scenic views

Private Tour

Private Tour

Super Early Private Vatican Platinum Tour with Sistine Chapel

The First Early Access Private Vatican Tour!

Private Tour

Private Tour

Pre-Opening Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Pr ...

Be one of the first to enter the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

Private Tour

Private Tour

Private Rome in a Day Tour with Colosseum & Vatican Museums

The Best of Rome with a Private Guide

Private Tour
Private Tour

Private Tour

Cocktail bars in Rome: Evening Walking Tour

A Cocktail Tour of Rome

Private Tour

Private Tour

Vatican Under the Stars Private Evening Tour with Sistine Chapel

An Evening Tour of the Vatican Museums

Transportation Included

Transportation Included

Pompeii & Mt. Vesuvius Day Trip: From Rome

Day Trip from Rome to Pompeii

Private Tour

Private Tour

The Borghese Gallery "Story Tellers" Private Tour

VIP Private Borghese Gallery Tour

Private Tour

Private Tour

Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto Private Rome Tour

Rome’s Two Best Neighborhoods

Private Tour

Private Tour

VIP Vatican Museums After-Hours Private Tour with Sistine Chapel

Exclusive After-Hours Vatican Tour

Private Tour

Private Tour

Private Family-Friendly Rome Colosseum & Roman Forum Tour

Take an Ancient Roman Treasure Hunt

Private Tour
Transportation Included

Transportation Included

Civitavecchia Shore Excursion: Rome in a Day

VIP Tour of Rome in a Day

Private Tour

Private Tour

Rome to Amalfi Coast: Private Transfer with Pompeii Stop

Travel in Luxury to the Amalfi Coast

Private Tour

Private Tour

Pompeii & Sorrento: Day Trip from Rome

Explore Pompeii and Sorrento

Private Tour

Private Tour

Tivoli Fountains & Hadrian's Villa: Private Day Trip from Rome

Hadrian's Villa Tour from Rome with a Private Guide and Transport Included

Private Tour

Private Tour

Luxury Helicopter Tuscan Wine Day from Rome

SUPER VIP | PRIVATE HELICOPTER | DAY TRIP

Entry Ticket

Entry Ticket

Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Tickets

Great way to skip the lines

Guided Tour

Guided Tour

Privileged Entrance Colosseum with Rome Walking Tour

Tour Rome with VIP Colosseum Entry

Guided Tour

Guided Tour

Vatican Highlights with Rome Walking Tour

See the Vatican and Rome's downtown sites

Guided Tour

Guided Tour

History of Christianity Tour with Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Rome ...

Skip lines at Vatican Museums and Catacombs

Guided Tour

Guided Tour

Ancient Rome in a Day: Arena Floor Colosseum Tour with Rome Catacombs a ...

Privileged Entrance and Skip line Access at three Ancient Roman attractions in a Small Group

Guided Tour

Guided Tour

Colosseum Arena Floor with Trastevere "Locals" Food Tour Combo

Skip the line with Privileged Access, then eat your way through Rome in a Small Group

Guided Tour

Guided Tour

Skip the Line Vatican Tour with Local Trastevere Food Tour Combo

The Vatican, Sistine Chapel, then eat food!

Valid for 5 Years!

Valid for 5 Years!

The Tour Guy Gift Card

Give the gift of Tours in Italy, France, Spain, the UK and US or Virtual Experiences such as Live Cooking Classes