Choose our Private Walking Tour of Christian Rome to discover the origins of Christianity in the Eternal City. Driven by a knowledgeable private guide, you will visit some of the most charming and most interesting churches in Rome in just 3.5 hours.
Rome is the cradle of Christianity. In addition to Vatican city, Rome has an endless number of churches, basilicas and monasteries, not to mention the Catacombs on the Appian Way. This 3.5-hour walking tour will give you the opportunity to visit both very famous religious sites, such as the St. John in Lateran, as well as more off-the-beaten-track churches, such as the Basilica of the Santi Quattro Coronati.
Your tour will begin from one of the most beautiful churches in Rome, the St. Clemente’s Basilica. Built in the 12th century, this Basilica hosts stunning byzantine-style lavishly-decorated mosaic works. However, the real treasure of St. Clemente’s Basilica lies underneath. You will walk inside real underground buildings dating back to the 1st, 2nd and 4 centuries AD. This will allow your private guide to share with you the long and complicated history of Ancient Rome and the Early Christian Era.
You will continue to the nearby Basilica of Santi Quattro Coronati. Located in the green area of the Celian Hill near the Colosseum, its name literally means Four Holy Crowned Ones. The church is dedicated to 4 unknown saints and martyrs. According to legend, the four martyrs were soldiers who refused to worship pagan gods and were therefore executed by order of Emperor Diocletian. Your next stop during this tour will be the Basilica of St. John in Lateran. St. John in Lateran hosts the seat of the Bishop of Rome, i.e. The Pope. For this reason, St. John in Lateran ranks above all other churches in Rome, even above St. Peter’s Basilica.
Following the itinerary, in a nearby building you will have the unique opportunity to admire the world renowned Holy Stairs. According to Christian tradition, these are the original steps that Jesus used to reach the praetorium of Pontius Pilate before the trial. The stairs are supposed to be brought back to Rome by St. Helena, mother of Emperor Costantino, in the 4 century.
With our Private Walking Tour of Christian Rome, you will have a private guide at your disposal for 3 and a half hours to reveal you all the stories and secrets about the Christian roots of the city.