THE BIG FOUR – Itinerary Dedicated to the Papal Basilicas of Rome

Rome, Italy

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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 5 more

Rome is the world capital of Christianity and since the 5th-century 4 basilicas have been recognized as the major Papal ones of the city. Generations of pilgrims experienced the feeling of walking on the footsteps of the Saints who made the history of Christian religion, such as the first Pope, Saint Peter or the great Apostle of Gentiles Saint Paul. The importance of these sites is not only religious, but dued to the beauty and the historical significance. Kings, emperors and great women during the centuries have inked their names with the four Papal basilicas of Rome.

During THE BIG FOUR TOUR, your group will have the opportunity to visit the papal basilicas inside with a professional and licensed guide and admire the milestones of architecture and Christian religious art.

Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Licensed tourist guide for all mentioned sites
Private transportation by luxury air-conditioned Mercedes vehicle
1 to 7 people in a private vehicle
Priority access (skip the line tickets) to St. Peter's Basilica
Bottled water

Departure Point

Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
Begin your tour at the awe-inspiring Basilica of St. Peter built over the bones of St. Peter himself. You will start the tour with your professional and licensed tourist guide taking you through security into the heart of the Catholic church in the Vatican city, visiting the awesome Basilica of Saint Peter where are preserved treasures of art like the stunning "Pietà" by Michelangelo.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Basilica Papale San Paolo Fuori le Mura
You'll continue going by private air-conditioned car or minivan to the next of the 4 papal basilicas of Rome - the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. The Basilica of St. Paul will not only give you the feeling of the immensity and beauty, being entirely covered by golden mosaic, but will also offer the opportunity to talk about Saint Paul and his incredible life. The Basilica in fact is the place where the "Doctor Gentium" is buried.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano
From there, you will be driven to the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the actual Cathedral of Rome. A few meters from the Basilica, it will be possible to see the Scala Sancta (Holy Stairs) in all its splendor. According to Roman Catholic tradition, the Holy Stairs are the steps leading up to the praetorium of Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem on which Jesus Christ stepped on his way to trial during his Passion. The Stairs reputedly were brought to Rome by Saint Helena in the fourth century.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
The end of the tour of the 4 papal basilicas of Rome is the Basilica of St. Mary Major. Dedicated to Mother Mary, decorated with gold and mosaics this is also the place that hosts the wood of the crib of baby Jesus, and the spot where the "miracle of the snow" took place.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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