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Basilicas and Secret Underground Catacombs Tour
Activities in Rome

Basilicas and Secret Underground Catacombs Tour

  • English
  • 3 hours
  • Hotel pick up

Discover some of the most symbolic sites in the history of Christianity. Explore the Roman Catacombs and two of the most important Basilicas in the world on this tour of the Eternal City.

Itinerary

After being picked up from your hotel in Rome's historic centre, you'll head to the Basilica of St. John in Lateran. This church is one of the four papal major basilicas in Rome. These are the highest-ranking Roman Catholic church buildings, and they all possess a Holy Door and a High Altar at which only the Pope can celebrate Mass.

You'll then visit the nearby Scala Sancta, or Holy Stairs. Learn why these sacred marble steps are one of the main pilgrimage sites in Rome, visited by thousands of devout believers each year.

The next stop on your tour will be another of the major basilicas, St. Mary Major. Enjoy the magnificent artwork inside the building, especially its elaborate frescoes, and don't miss the famous icon of the Virgin Mary, now enshrined in the basilica's Borghese Chapel, which according to legend protected the city from the Plague.

Having explored the basilicas, you'll make your way to the historic Appian Way. On this iconic ancient road, symbolic of the Italian capital, you'll visit the Catacombs of Rome. These subterranean passageways were used as cemeteries and hiding places by early Christians, at a time when they were persecuted by the authorities of the Roman Empire.

Hotel pick up and meeting point

This tour includes a pick up service from centrally-located hotels. The bus usually takes around one hour to pick up all of the passengers, subject to traffic conditions and the number of passengers booked onto the tour. For this reason, pick up times will start from 1:30pm (1pm from 1st November to 31st March) and will continue thereafter in order to be on time for the beginning of the tour. 

Important information

  • In Rome, especially in places of worship, it is strictly forbidden to bring strollers, bulky bags or umbrellas, or to wear low-cut clothing. Shoulders should also be covered.
  • If the Catacombs of San Callisto are closed, the tour will instead visit the Catacombs of Santa Domitilla.
  • This tour does not run on religious holidays.

Price

Adults Children between 3 and 7 years old
US$ 65.5
US$ 52.5
  • Adults

    US$ 65.5
  • Children between 3 and 7 years old

    US$ 52.5

* The price increases on the 31 March

More information

Duration

3 hours.

Language English

The tour is exclusively in English.

Included

Pick up from hotel (only accommodation located in central Rome).

Transfers by bus or minivan.

English speaking guide with expert knowledge of Christian history in the catacombs of Rome.

Entry to the Rome Catacombs.

English speaking escort during the rest of the tour.

When to book?

Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.

If there are still places available, you can book until the previous day (local time in Rome).

Ticket

Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you still have more questions, check out our section on frequently asked questions. If you need help to book an activity or have any enquiries, please contact us.

Accessibility

No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).

US$ 65.5
No hidden fees or surcharges

Cancellations

Free! Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the activity starts. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.

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