St Callistus Catacombs and the Papal Basilicas

€ 270.00

The Papal Basilicas are the 4 highest-ranking Roman-catholic churches also known as Major Basilicas and all of them are in the territory or Rome. St. Peter's in Vatican City is for sure the most famous one, but the other 3 are not less interesting for what concerns the treasures stored and the histories behind their built. The tour includes also a visit at the Catacombs of St. Callistus, located on the ancient Appian Way.

No wonder in Rome you can find some of the most beautiful Churches in the world. St. Mary Major, dedicated to the Holy Mother, and St. John's, which boasts an art collection that spans the ages from the Renaissance to the Baroque period, are two of these.
The Patriarchal Basilica of St. Mary Major, with its mosaics and the first Papal Residence, is a one-of-a-kind among the Roman churches. Its beautiful treasures are of inestimable value, and represent the Church's role as the cradle of Christian artistic civilization in Rome.
Dedicated to John the Baptist and John the Evangelist, the Basilica of St. John Lateran was the first church built in Rome in the 4th century, according to the history (or the legend). For this reason, it is also the Cathedral of the Bishop of Rome, the Pope, and is thus known as "Cathedral of Rome and of the World."
Continue your tour by reaching the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls: after St. Peter's this is the largest church in town and boasts an impressive Byzantine structure. According to tradition, was built on the place where St. Paul was buried after being beheaded and despite the many reconstructions over the centuries (the first basilica was built in 324 AD) has maintained the original structure with one nave and four side aisles, enriched with 80 marble columns.
To follow, top this all with a visit at the Catacombs of St. Callistus, located along the ancient Appian Way: enjoying a pre-reserved entrance, you will enter the catacombs that home thousands of burial niches as well as some good examples of early Christian art. The visit is guided for free by guides who speak various languages and will last about 30/40 minutes (entrance tickets included).

Catacombs of St. Callistus, The Catholic Heritage, Basilica of St. John Lateran, Basilica of St. Mary Major, Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls

Professional English-speaking Driver/guide and Vehicle at disposal as per Itinerary
Hotel pick-up and drop-off in Rome city-center
Pre-reserved admission at the Catacombs of St. Callistus

Lunch and drinks
Admissions / entrances not mentioned in the Itinerary

5 hours