Churches of Rome Private Tour: Maria Maggiore, Santa Pudenziana, Santa Prassede

Roma, Italy

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Overview

Visit one of Rome's most important churches, plus two lesser-known basilicas, on this 2-hour walking tour. With a guide, you'll start at Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, a papal basilica and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then continue to nearby Santa Pudenziana and the Basilica di Santa Prassede. During your tour, enjoy the chance to see historical art and architecture, and learn about the history of the churches, which dates as far back as the 4th century.
  • 2-hour walking tour of three Roman basilicas
  • Visit Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Santa Pudenziana, and Basilica di Santa Prassede with a guide
  • See priceless relics, art, and mosaics
  • Learn about the history and architecture of the churches
  • Small-group tour limited to 15 provides a more personalized experience

Local guide
Private tour
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Piazza di S. Maria Maggiore, Roma RM, Italy

Departure Time

2:30 PM

Return Details

Via Urbana, Roma RM, Italy
Your tour begins when you meet your guide at the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. Head inside through one of the five doors, learning about the history of them and the holy gate, which is opened during jubilees.

After entering, follow your guide around to see well-preserved mosaics from Roman times, the chapels of Pope Sixtus V and Pope Paul V, paintings by disciples of Raphael and Michelangelo, medieval relics, the tombs of pontiffs, and the tomb of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, one of Rome's most famous baroque-era architects, whose work can be seen around the city.

Next, exit Santa Maria Maggiore and head next tour do the Basilica di Santa Prassede, known for housing what is believed to be a segment of the pillar where Jesus was flogged and see more mosaics.

When your visit here ends, continue to your last church, Santa Pudenziana. Dating back to the 4th century, this small church is one of the oldest places of worship in Rome and is home to one of the oldest mosaics from the Roman era.

Your tour ends here, along Via Urbana, where you can continue your exploration of Rome on your own.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
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Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Basilica di Santa Prassede
Richly decorated with Byzantine mosaics
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Santa Pudenziana
Dating back to the fifth century, dedicated to St. Pudenziana, sister of St. Prassede and daughter of the Roman senator Pudente; it is the national church of the Filipinos
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
It is one of the four papal basilicas of Rome, located in the Monti district. Once inside, raise your eyes to the sky and marvel in front of the golden ceiling
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.Learn more about cancellations.

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