Rome: Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica Guided Tour

Rome
Tour Rating 4.9
Overview

Admire the stunning blend of architectural styles and rich historical significance of Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica, one of Rome’s four patriarchal basilicas and the largest church in the city dedicated to the Virgin Mary. This majestic basilica showcases a harmonious mix of early Christian, medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque elements. Marvel at its glorious mosaics, ornate chapels, and the impressive coffered ceiling gilded with gold from the New World. As you explore, appreciate its profound role in the religious and cultural history of Rome, standing as a testament to centuries of devotion and artistic achievement.

  • Headsets (if needed)
  • Expert guide
  • Access to Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
  • What to bring: Comfortable shoes, Weather-appropriate clothing that covers the shoulders and knees
  • Not allowed: Shorts, Baby strollers, Luggage or large bags, Short skirts, Sleeveless shirts, Backpacks, Umbrellas, Tripod, Animals, Potentially dangerous objects
  • Know before you go: Wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees ,If your clothing does not comply with the rules, you may be denied entry. All guests must undergo airport-style security. During high season the wait may be up to 30 minutes Late arrivals will not be accommodated Photography with a flash is not allowed inside. The staff are authorized to delete any files taken. Food and drinks are not allowed, with the exception of water.
  • Before the activity: Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the activity starts The meeting point is at Piazza Santa Maria Maggiore. Located in the between via Gioberti (Esquilino district) and via Merulana (Esquilino-Monti). Our staff will be meeting you holding a “LOVING ROME” flag and escorting you through the main entrance and there will be an official employee that accompanies you entering the basilica.
Cancellation policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.
Reviews for Rome: Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica Guided Tour
Engaging, interesting, memorable
Chantelle_H
Such a knowledgeable and engaging guide. We learnt so much! Would thoroughly recommend. The church is absolutely stunning too. Incredible.
Good Tour Guide
Kevin_D
Tour Guide Was Very Passionate About the history of rome Gave us very good detail of everything we seen
Worth your time.
Jeff_L
Tour guide was great and very personable. Mattia taylored the tour for my level of knowledge and religions. Also, loved the recommendations of more things to see in Rome. Basilica was impressive and worth seeing with a guide.
Enjoyable and learned a lot
Barbara_L
We had a fantastic tour guide - Fred or Federico. He was very knowledgeable and wanted to give us a great experience! Great tour!
Great
Patricia_B
Great explanations of the mosaics and history of the church! Our guide was very knowledgable and could answers every question that was asked including the year that the Barbarians began to invade Rome.

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