One of Rome’s four major basilicas, Santa Maria Maggiore was among the first churches in the world dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Enjoy an in-depth look at this premier cultural and religious site on this guided tour that takes in its fifth-century mosaics, relic of Christ’s crib, and ancient icon of the Virgin Mary. Learn about its art and architecture while admiring the tombs of greats like St. Jerome and Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
Discover the history and art of Santa Maria Maggiore with a guide
Admire magnificent Byzantine interiors dating from the fifth century
See Rome’s other “Sistine Chapel”, dedicated to Pope Sixtus V
Hear how this basilica was used as a Papal residence in the 1300s
Small group limited to a maximum of 14 people
Departure & Return
Traveler pickup is offered We offer pickup in Rome from all the accommodation within the Aurelian Walls.
What To Expect
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
The Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore is a Papal major basilica and the largest Catholic Marian church in Rome from which size it receives the appellation "major".
Among the Patriarchal Basilicas of Rome, St. Mary Major is the only one to have kept its original structure, though it has been enhanced over the course of years.
The basilica enshrines the venerated image of Salus Populi Romani, depicting the Blessed Virgin Mary as the help and protectress of the Roman people, which was granted a Canonical coronation by Pope Gregory XVI on 15 August 1838 accompanied by his Papal bull Cælestis Regina.