Roman Basilicas, Catacombs and Villa D’Este (Tivoli) Private Tour

Rome, Italy

Experience Rating
icon7 to 8 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 2 more

As the home of the Pope and the Catholic Curia, as well as the locus of many sites and relics of worship, Christian martyrs, Rome had long been a destination for pilgrims. The Via Francigena was an ancient pilgrim route between England and Rome. Peter and Paul. For many visitors to Rome. Explore the incredible tunnels that were dug out by hand nearly 2,000 years ago and learn about the very beginning of Christianity. Masterpiece of the Italian Gardens, Villa D'Este is included in the UNESCO world heritage list. With its concentration of fountains, nymphs, grottoes, plays of water, and music

Pick-up and drop off with luxury transportation and private chauffeur;
Private English-speaking tour escort at your disposal;
Entrance tickets in Villa D'Este
Entrance tickets in the Catacombs (any one open depending on opening days)
Professional guides
Visit of the Roman Basilicas
Gratuities (optional)
Food and Beverages;

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
8:00 am in your hotel, apartment or B&B

Stop At:  
Villa d'Este
Tivoli is a small town, located approximately 30 minutes drive from Rome and is the home of Villa d'Este, the masterpiece of the Italian Gardens, which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It with a magnifying glass of fountains, nymphs, grottoes, plays of water, and music, it constitutes a model for European gardens in the mannerism and baroque styles. The garden is considered to be the most important part of the ancient history of the city itself as the Villa Adriana, as well as a wealthy area in caves and waterfalls, displaying the unending battle between water and stone. Babylon, one of the wonders of the ancient world. The addition of water, including an aqueduct tunneling beneath the city, evoking the engineering skill which the Romans themselves had.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
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Catacombs of Saint Callixtus
For many visitors to Rome. The most beautiful of the catacombs is undoubtedly the main highlight. Venture deep underground to explore the incredible tunnels that were dug out by hand nearly 2,000 years ago and learn about the very beginning of Christianity. This is a side of Rome you've never seen before.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
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Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore is an ancient Catholic basilica that is considered to be the largest of the churches dedicated to the Virgin Mary in Rome. It is one of the citys four major basilicas. Basilica of Saint Mary Major was built on a pagan temple dedicated to the goddess Cybele, the Basilica of Saint Mary Major was built in the mid-fourth century under the orders of Pope Liberius. According to legend, the Virgin appeared before the Pope with instructions for building the church. Over the years, the basilica has had many different names, such as Saint Mary of the Snow (two to snow that led to the church's shape), Saint Mary Liberian (for Pope Liberius), St. Mary of the Nativity (because it received a relic of the Holy Nativity), and it was finally called Santa Maria Maggiore, dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano
The Lateran Palace was handed over to Constantine I to the Bishop of Rome, which was converted to a temple during the fourth century. The Basilica is the oldest church in the world. Founded during the fourth century in honor of St. John the Baptist and John the Evangelist, St. John Lateran (Basilica of St. John Lateran) is the Cathedral of Rome and the most important of the four major basilicas. It is known as St John Lateran Archbasilica, as it is considered the church of the Roman Catholic faithful.In the early part of the fourth century, the Laterani family was struck by their land as a member of their members was accused of conspiring against the Emperor. Roman basilica.Throughout the centuries, St John Lateran has survived several fires and an earthquake in 897. Nevertheless, it still maintains its first form even though it has been reconstructed on several occasions. The Basilica also houses baptistery, which for many years was the only baptistery in Rome. The Basilica of St. John Lateran has played an important role throughout history; it was here that all popes were enthroned up until 1870. Nowadays, Basilica of St John Laterno is where the Pope, as Bishop of Rome, celebrates Holy Thursday Mass.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Basilica Papale San Paolo Fuori le Mura
Erected during the fourth century AD, the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls (Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls) is one of the four major basilicas of Rome, and the second largest after St. Peter's Basilica. It was founded on the burial ground of St. Paul. When Paul the Apostle was executed in the first century AD in Rome, his followers built a shrine over his grave. In 324 in small church was completed in 395. After the fire, many countries made donations for the restoration of the church , which was reopened in 1840. The temple was later declared a national monument. The interior of the Basilica of St. Paul is magnificent, with enormous marble columns and beautiful gold mosaics. Unfortunately, because of the fire of 1823, few parts of the Medieval basilica remain intact. However, the church still houses some mosaics from the thirteenth century, a large twelfth-century chandelier, or the marble tombstone under which the remains of St. Paul lie. On the basilica's walls, visitors will be able to look at the portraits of the popes, while they are looking at the lights of the church. The atrium is located in the exterior of the church. It is made up of 150 columns, and from here, visitors can see the façade of the Basilica covered by an enormous golden mosaic built between 1854 and 1874, which reflects the rays of sunlight. The center of the portico houses a colossal statue of St. Paul. Although the Basilica is not in the heart of the city, we recommend this unique and astonishing church in order to see its impressive mosaics, atrium and interior. It is one of the most worthwhile of Rome.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Basilica di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme
The Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem or Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem, is a Roman Catholic minor basilica and titular church in Esquiline district. It is one of the Seven Pilgrim Churches of Rome. According to tradition, the basilica was consecrated about 325 to house the relics of Jesus Christ brought to Rome by the Holy Land by Empress St. Helena, mother of Roman Emperor Constantine I. At that time, the Basilica's floor was covered with soil from Jerusalem, thus acquiring the title in Hierusalem; in Jerusalem, but the Basilica itself is "in Jerusalem" in the sense that a "piece" of Jerusalem was moved to Rome for its foundation. Several famous relics of disputed authenticity are housed in the Chapel of Relics, built in 1930 by architect Florestano Di Fausto, including part of the Elogium or Titulus Crucis, i.e. the panel which was hung on Christ's Cross, two thorns of the Crown of Thorns, part of a nail, the index finger of St. Thomas and three small pieces of True Cross. A great larger part of the Holy Cross in 1629 to St. Peter's Basilica, where it was kept near the colossal statue of St. Empress Helena sculpted by Andrea Bolgi in 1639.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Near public transportation
  • Stroller accessible
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Child rate applies only when shared with 2 paying adults
  • Customers with physical limitations can have problems walking on ground
  • Dress code required: knees and shoulders must be covered
  • A small amount of walking is involved
  • People with claustrophobia may find this tour difficult under the catacombs
  • People with claustrophobia may find this tour difficult under the catacombs
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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