Visit the Catholic Church’s treasured Basilicas in Rome. St. Mary Major, St. John Lateran, and St. Paul Outside the Walls on one of our guests’ favorite itineraries, our Basilicas of Rome Tour.
People are often so eager to visit the Vatican City that they overlook the other basilicas of Rome. Learn the history and stories of the major basilicas of Rome, while examining their influence on present-day Rome. We visit the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the oldest and most important among the four “Patriarchal” basilicas in Rome (a church in which the high altar has been set aside for use by the Pope or his representative.) Contrary to what many believe, the Basilica of St. John Lateran is “the mother of all churches”, not St. Peter’s Basilica.
The Basilica of St. Mary Major is the largest of the 26 churches in Rome dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Learn of the basilica’s exciting history filled including the miraculous snowfall of August 4, 352. At the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, the burial place of St. Paul the Apostle, there is an intriguing array of historical, religious and artistic sights to explore.
Note that this tour requires transportation from one Basilica to the next. Public transportation can be used, taxis from one Basilica to the next, or a private driver and luxury van for the entire duration of the tour. Please note that the cost of transportation is separate. Let us know if you would like a private driver and we’d be happy arrange this for you with a fun, safe, and professional driver.