Meet your guide at 4:30pm in Rome’s Piazza San Giovanni, and set off on foot to discover some of the capital’s religious treasures.
Your first stop is the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano, Rome’s official cathedral and one of the city’s oldest places of worship. The monumental basilica is home to a wealth of art and relics, so listen to your guide to hear the stories behind the sights.
Pass by the ancient city walls and one of the world’s tallest Egyptian obelisks, then pause at the Scala Santa, a sacred marble staircase that’s set within a chapel building. Hear tales of the steps, which are believed to date back to biblical times, and learn how they were brought from the Holy Land to Italy by St. Helena.
Continue to the Basilica of the Holy Cross where vibrant Renaissance frescoes abound, and see remnants from the Holy Cross such as the nails and thorns among other revered relics. Your tour ends at this basilica, at roughly 6:30pm.