Leaving the city center and driving along one of the oldest streets of Rome, The Ancient Appian Way, you will reach and explore the catacombs of Rome, the first underground christian cemetery dating back to the 2nd and 4th century A.D. Afterwards you will visit two of the 4 patriarchal basilicas of Rome: St. John in Lateran, which is considered the cathedral of Rome, and St. Mary Major Basilica.
Starting time -
Duration 3 hours
GREEN LINE TOURS Terminal – Stazione Termini
Via Giovanni Amendola, 32 Roma
Traveling along the historic Ancient Appian Way, the emblematic avenue of the capital where the “Domine quo vadis?” Chapel is located, we will see the famous catacombs of Rome. These underground constructions were used as burial places in the early years of Christianity, when the faithful were persecuted by the imperial authorities.
After visiting the Catacombs of S. Callisto or Santa Domitilla or San Sebastiano, the first refuge of Christians, we will head to the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano, towards the nearby Scala Santa, on whose marble steps we will discover why it is one of the main pilgrimage sites in Rome, revered every year by thousands of faithful.
The tour will continue to Santa Maria Maggiore, one of the four largest basilicas in Rome, such as San Giovanni in Laterano. We will discover its vast artistic heritage by observing the decorative apparatus of the ceiling and columns.
This tour will not take place on Easter holidays, 25 december, 1 january.
Departure with a minimum group of 6 participants.
Entrance to churches requires appropriate dress code (shorts, miniskirts or uncovered shoulders are not allowed).
Big luggage and backpacks are not allowed.