St John in Lateran and St Mary Major: the basilicas and catacombs tour
Attractions & guided tours

St John in Lateran and St Mary Major: the basilicas and catacombs tour

Free cancellation
Language: English , Italian , French , Spanish , German
Availability: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 3 hours
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Visit two of the most important basilicas of the Catholic world and the unforgettable catacombs
  • See the worshipped Holy Stairs in St John in Lateran
  • The heart of Christianity from the time of the persecutions to the rise of the Pope's power
  • A fascinating journey into the catacombs of Rome
What to expect

After being picked up from your hotel (if centrally located and accessible), begin your day with a visit to two of the most important basilicas in the world; the Basilicas of Saint John in Lateran and Saint Mary Major.

The Basilica of Saint John in Lateran is the oldest of Rome's four main basilicas and is home to the Holy Steps, one of the city's most important pilgrimage sites.

From there, you will head to the Basilica of Saint Mary Major, which houses an amazing collection of historic and religious artifacts. Admire 5th-century mosaics and the remarkable Crypt of the Nativity.

Then, continue along the historic Appian way with your guide, passing the Chapel of Domine Quo Vadis before arriving at the ancient Roman underground Catacombs. Explore these remarkable subterranean cemeteries, some of which were started in the 2nd century. See amazing historic artwork in the catacombs, and learn about how these underground passageways give a window into the early days of Christianity.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • Temperature screening is compulsory for all visitors
  • Visitors over 18 must show their ID and proof of one of the following: a full vaccination or first vaccination (this requirement varies depending on the country) received at least 15 days prior, recovery from a COVID-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative result from a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the experience starts. This may also apply to those aged 12 and above
  • What's included
    • Entrance ticket to Catacombs
    • Expert local guide
    • Headset
    • Drop-off in Rome city centre (at the stops)
    What's not included
    • Optional gratuities
    Where

    Via Leone IV, 33, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

    Meeting point:

    Please make your way to the departure point 20 minutes prior to tour start time: Gray Line Rome/I Love Rome Office.

    What to remember
    • Sleeveless shirts and shorts are not permitted inside churches
    • The pick-up service is available from a wide selection of hotels in Rome. After booking, please contact Gray Line - I Love Rome at least 24 hours before the tour to confirm the service availability. Without a confirmation of pick-up, the tour will begin from our office in Via Vittorio Emanuele Orlando 95 (Metro A -stop Republic), with a meeting time at least 15 minutes before the tour starts
    • Please provide a printed copy of your voucher at check-in
    • The tour also includes a drop-off service in Rome City center. You can be dropped off at one of the following I Love Rome stops: Stazione Termini, S.Maria Maggiore, Piazza Barberini, Via Ludovisi, Largo Santa Susanna
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    When
    • Tour runs on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday (depending on season). Please check the availability in the calendar
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    Provider
    Gray Line - I Love Rome
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins.

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