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Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore (Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore)

Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore (Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore) Tours and Activities

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The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore (Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore)—among the first churches in the world dedicated to the Virgin Mary—sits on the summit of Esquiline Hill. An extraterritorial property of the Vatican, it is one of the city’s four major basilicas and has one of the best preserved Byzantine interiors in Rome.

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Piazza di S. Maria Maggiore, 42, Rome, Province of Rome, 00100
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Rome by Vespa Sidecar with Cappuccino

Rome by Vespa Sidecar with Cappuccino

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Skip the crowded coach tours and discover the highlights of the Eternal City from a Vespa sidecar. Each motorcycle and sidecar fits two people (plus driver), so you can settle back with a friend or loved one as you cruise by attractions from the Colosseum to the Trevi Fountain. Tours include live narration via convenient headphones for crucial context on each site, plus a traditional Roman breakfast of cappuccino and cornetto.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$119.21
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$119.21
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Rome Open Bus tour with backpack and album for children and breakfast

Rome Open Bus tour with backpack and album for children and breakfast

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A tour of the city from a different perspective, that of the roof of an Open Bus. Audio guide on board, assistance from highly qualified personnel. For children, our mascot's backpack with a coloring book of Rome's monuments inside. The bus stops near the most important monuments of Rome. Multilingual audio guide
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$24.08
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$24.08
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Rome Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Rome Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

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Take a Rome hop-on hop-off tour by open-top bus, and spend time city sightseeing as you travel past attractions such as the Colosseum and Vatican City. Relax aboard the double-decker Rome tour bus, listen to the audio commentary and hop on and off at any of the stops. Select a sightseeing ticket that’s valid for 24 or 48 hours, or pick an upgrade option to include entry to the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, Roman Forum and more.
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  • 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$28.90
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$28.90
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Private Tour: Holy Sites of Rome

Private Tour: Holy Sites of Rome

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Visit the major religious history sites of Rome on this private day tour. Visit the Basilica of Rome, Basilica of Saint Praxedis, and the Patriarchal Basilica of St. Mary Major, and learn the hidden secrets behind these important sites from your guide. You'll also get the chance to cross the threshold of the Holy Door in the Cathedral of Rome. Round-trip transportation from central Rome hotels is included.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$351.21
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I Love Rome Hop On Hop Off Panoramic Tour

I Love Rome Hop On Hop Off Panoramic Tour

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Explore Rome's museums, architecture and art with this hop-on, hop-off tour. Purchase a ticket and discover the city's charms at your leisure while riding on a cheerful pink double-decker bus. Don the provided headphones and enjoy recorded audio commentary in 13 languages for the 8 stops.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$17.57
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$17.57
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Rome on a Golf Cart Semi Private Tour | with Private Option

Rome on a Golf Cart Semi Private Tour | with Private Option

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Hop on a golf cart for a comprehensive tour of Rome in a short amount of time. You'll stay out from behind glass bus windows, but also off your feet; this is a great option for those who have trouble walking long distances. Combine the blockbuster sites with some hidden gems and listen to your guide's commentary on Rome's history, culture, and modern life. A small group of just six people means you'll enjoy personal attention and the chance to ask questions.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$119.21
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Passion of Christ Walking Tour in Rome

Passion of Christ Walking Tour in Rome

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View items related to the passion and death of Jesus Christ during this 3-hour tour in Rome. Visit the Basilica of St Mary Major to see fragments of the wood from the manger where Jesus was born and explore San Prassede, which features pieces of the pillar upon which Christ was flogged. At the Basilica of Santa Croce, see fragments of the true cross and a nail of the crucifixion. Along the tour, learn about the history of these sacred religious objects from your guide. All entrance fees are included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$81.53
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$81.53
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Private Tour: Holy Churches of Rome with private chauffeur

Private Tour: Holy Churches of Rome with private chauffeur

On our Holy Church of Rome tour, your personal chauffeur will escort you in a premium luxury vehicle to 3 out of the 4 Papal Basilicas, as well as the Basilica of Santa Croce. These four churches are on the “must see” list if you’re visiting Rome! The Basilica of Mary Major, also known as Our Lady of Snows, is home to the crib of the baby Jesus, is the largest Church to Mary in Rome. Afterwards you will get to see St. John Lateran, the Cathedral of Rome which has the seat of the bishop of Rome, and St. Paul’s outside the Walls. In the Basilica of the Holy Cross, you will see many relics of the Passion of Christ, including pieces of the crown of thorns and the actual cross of Jesus. It is a truly holy and reverent experience, and with no formal guide inside the churches, you'll have the freedom to explore the churches at your leisure, maybe even stop to pray or sit in silence to meditate on the years of history and art before you.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$199.86
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Private City Kickstart Tour: Rome

Private City Kickstart Tour: Rome

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Take a private walking tour in central Rome that reveals the best of Italy's capital. See highlights including the Campo de'Fiori market, the Trastevere neighborhood, and the Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica. Along the way, your guide shares the history of the magnificent city, along with customized suggestions of great places to visit on your own.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$32.51
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Skip the Line to Vatican Treasures, Sistine Chapel and Optional Upgrade with Lunch

Skip the Line to Vatican Treasures, Sistine Chapel and Optional Upgrade with Lunch

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Spend a morning or an afternoon at the Vatican with this 2-hour skip-the-line tour of the Vatican Museums (including the Sistine Chapel) and St. Peter's Basilica. Get an up close and personal look at Michelangelo's masterpiece, his murals in the Sistine Chapel that changed the history of painting forever. See Raphael's cherubs. Gawk at the Gallery of Maps. Explore St. Peter's Basilica. And if you want more, upgrade to a full-day tour and visit the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the Catacombs and more. Lunch can also be included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$72.25
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Rome at Sunset - Hop On Hop Off & Walking Tour

Rome at Sunset - Hop On Hop Off & Walking Tour

Start on our I Love Rome Panoramic Open Bus to have a first overview on the most important monuments of the Eternal City, from the open upper deck. Get off at Piazza Venezia Stop on Via del Teatro Marcello and start your walking tour. You will cross the characteristic area of the Jewish Ghetto, one of Rome’s most beautiful neighbourhoods. Then you will walk into Piazza Della Rotonda and enjoy the lit view of the Pantheon: this is the only ancient Roman temple that remained untouched through the centuries and it’s stunning at night when the crowds are away. Next Stop…Close your eyes and throw a coin over your right shoulder straight into the Trevi Fountain: it’s said that those who do so, are granted to come back to Rome someday. Your walk continues towards Piazza di Spagna: walk up these famous steps to enjoy a lovely view from the top! After this intense and gratifying walk, there is only one thing missing a creamy and tasty Gelato!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$53.73
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$53.73
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Christian Rome: 4-hours private tour

Christian Rome: 4-hours private tour

Enjoy this 4-hour private tour to discover the 4 main major basilicas in Rome, thanks to an exlcusive service driven by an English-speaking chauffeur
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$110.38
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Christian Rome Afternoon Tour

Christian Rome Afternoon Tour

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Explore the highlights of early Christian Rome with this exciting 3-hour afternoon walking tour via foot and coach.  Led by a knowledgeable driver-guide, get an insider's view of the Eternal City and its Christian history. Stops include the Basilica of Sant Maria Maggiore, the Basilica of St. John Lateran. And then go underground by checking out the intriguing catacombs, an early Christian burial spot just outside of the city at the Appian Way.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$71.04
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$71.04
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Private Tour: Christian Rome

Private Tour: Christian Rome

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Step into the early days of Christian history on a private, 6-hour tour of Rome’s holy sites, and experience the city where Constantine, St. Peter and St. Paul lived and preached. Discover the 5th-century Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the Basilica of St. John Lateran and Pontius Pilate's steps, an important pilgrimage site. See millennia-old relics treasured by saints and Popes, then head to the below-ground Catacombs for a tour of the tunnels where generations of Christian martyrs were buried and remembered.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$423.32
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Private Tour: Basilicas of Rome

Private Tour: Basilicas of Rome

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Go behind the scenes to discover the five major basilicas of Rome and learn about the influence of Christianity on the Eternal City during this in-depth private guided tour. Get a peek at priceless relics—believed to be thorns from Jesus’s crown—and marvel at Renaissance artworks and stunning architectural gems. Tours include free time for lunch and comfortable transfers in your own private vehicle—plus the option to explore the mysterious catacombs.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$319.85
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Secret Rome Basilicas and hidden Underground Catacombs Tour

Secret Rome Basilicas and hidden Underground Catacombs Tour

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Take a journey through the history of Catholicism in Rome on this tour to two of Rome's four papal major basilicas and the Catacombs of Rome. See the sacred sites and holy relics of the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran and the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, and then descend underground to explore the subterranean tombs of the Catacombs.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$60.21
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Rome Independent Tour from Venice by High-Speed Train

Rome Independent Tour from Venice by High-Speed Train

Explore Rome, including a hop-on hop-off bus tour and tickets to the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican, during this 16-hour day trip from Venice. Board a high speed train bound for Rome, then transfer to a sightseeing bus upon arrival at Rome's Termini station. Take advantage of the flexibility to spend as much time as you like at any of Rome's attractions. See the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with an expert guide who will provide informative commentary about the famous works of art. All entrance fees, bus and train tickets are included.
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  • 14 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$303.19
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Full Day Vatican Museums and Underground Tour in Rome

Full Day Vatican Museums and Underground Tour in Rome

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Discover Rome’s history on a full-day tour to Vatican City and the catacombs. Begin at the Vatican with a skip-the-line ticket to visit the museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica where you can find works of art by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and more. Then head underground to explore the ancient Roman catacombs and other Christian landmarks such as the Cathedral of Rome and the Holy Staircase.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$198.68
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Rome Day Trip from Milan by Train

Rome Day Trip from Milan by Train

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Take a day off from Milan and spend the day in Rome, the Eternal City and the capital of Italy. Relax on the train journey and then get ready to explore: see the historical center from a hop-on hop-off bus tour and learn about the history of the city and each place as you ride around on the open-air double-decker bus. Pass by or stop at Piazza Venezia, the Trevi Fountain, and the Colosseum. And if chosen, get a skip-the-line ticket for the Vatican Museums to see world-class art. You can also upgrade to travel business class on the train.
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  • 15 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$243.52
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Christian Rome Tour Semi-Private

Christian Rome Tour Semi-Private

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Explore the sacred Christian sites of Rome with a small-group tour, including the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, and more. Skip the hassle of finding all these sights on your own and hear fun facts and stories about Rome’s early Christian history as you travel from site to site with a guide.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$168.58
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$168.58
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Independent Rome Day Trip from Florence by High-Speed Train

Independent Rome Day Trip from Florence by High-Speed Train

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Discover the Eternal City at your own pace on this day trip from Florence to Rome. Climb aboard the high-speed train from Florence and arrive in the Italian capital to enjoy a full-day sightseeing pass on a hop-on hop-off bus. Pass the Vatican, the Colosseum and other top attractions, hopping off to further explore your points of interest. At the end of the day you'll return to Florence on the high-speed train.
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  • 12 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$157.01
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Rome Underground Private Tour: Appian Way, Catacombs and Roman Basilicas

Rome Underground Private Tour: Appian Way, Catacombs and Roman Basilicas

Following the footsteps of St. Peter to the district, home to the warm spirit, and the famous wealthy and famous families in Rome, the Appian Way, known as the Queen of Roads. It is dated 312 BC and was also flanked by mausoleums and the unmissable Christian Catacombs. Persecution of many Christian martyrs under pagan Emperors, whose bones, once buried underground, became objects of veneration.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$421.45
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Rome's Papal Basilicas: Private Tour of Early Christian Rome

Rome's Papal Basilicas: Private Tour of Early Christian Rome

Rome’s religious history extends beyond the Vatican and this tour visits three of the city’s most important Christian sites. Visit Rome’s oldest church, St. John Lateran; admire ancient Christian artworks at St. Mary Major; and see the tomb of St Paul at St. Paul Outside the Walls. Travel in the comfort of a private vehicle and learn all about Rome’s early Christian history from your guide.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$438.90
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Walking Food Tour of Rome with Tastings

Walking Food Tour of Rome with Tastings

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Food lovers will love this walking tour of Rome with a food ambassador guide. You’ll be taken to the Monti neighborhood, a traditional area with some exciting restaurants representing food from around the country, as well as good nightlife. You’ll learn all about the city through its cuisine. Sample some of the best food in the Italian capital, plus wine to wash it down.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$102.35
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