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Visit the major religious history sites of Rome during the Jubilee Year of Mercy, as proclaimed by Pope Francis on December 8, 2015. On this private 7-hour tour, learn about the true meaning of this event through visits to the Basilica of Rome, Basilica of Saint Praxedis and the Patriarchal Basilica of St. Mary Major, among others. Learn about the hidden secrets and treasures of these important sites through your guide's commentary, and get the special opportunity to cross the threshold of the Holy Door in the Cathedral of Rome. Round-trip transportation from accommodations in central Rome is included.

Highlights

  • 7-hour private tour of Rome's holy sites
  • Special opportunities during the Holy Year of Mercy Jubilee, December 2015–December 2016
  • Visit the Basilica of Rome, Basilica of Saint Praxedis and the Patriarchal Basilica of St. Mary Major, among others
  • Private tour operated with just you and your party ensures a personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Following pickup at your accommodation in central Rome, meet your private guide and depart in a private vehicle for your 7-hour tour of the holy sites of Rome. 

Your first stop will be the Patriarchal Basilica of St. Mary Major, the first church in Rome dedicated to the Virgin Mary. See the final resting place of Pope Paul V, an image of the blessed Mary and Child attributed to the Evangelist St. Luke and planks of wood believed to be part of Jesus' crib.

Continue to visit to the Basilica of Saint Praxedis, an ancient titular church near St. Mary Major. See a portion of the alleged pillar upon which Jesus was flogged before his crucifixion.

At the Basilica of The Holy Cross in Jerusalem, learn how St. Helen, mother of the Emperor Constantine the Great, brought soil from Jerusalem so that the church could be built on Jerusalem. This site is home to a small piece of the Holy Cross, a Nail, the description plaque and thorns from the Crown as well as doubting Tomas’ finger.

Visit the Holy Steps, a Passionist monastery, which contains the marble steps to the palace of Pontius Pilate. Then, take a break for lunch; your guide will suggest a nearby restaurant or you can choose your won (own expense).

After lunch, visit the Papal Arc-Basilica of St. John in the Latheran. During the Jubilee Year of Mercy, you may cross the threshold of the Holy Door to obtain the Plenary Indulgence of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Continue to the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Wall, dedicated to St Paul the apostle. 

Return to your Rome hotel for drop-off after your tour has concluded.

Customer Reviews

Vicky P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was the best tour we have ever experienced. Thank-you for giving us the attention we needed but at the same time the privacy to experience it as a couple.

FRANK O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

THE TOUR GUIDE MR MAXIMO KNOW WHERE TO GO , VERY NICE TOUR

Sigrid D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our tour guide, Max, did an awesome job!

christina.bong

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Guide Massimo was excellent and very accommodating. We are very happy to have him.

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