Guided tour

Rome: Catacombs of Rome and Main Basilicas Half-Day Tour

4.3 / 5

49 reviews

Rome: Catacombs of Rome and Main Basilicas Half-Day Tour

From US$ 56.73 per person

Explore the Eternal City’s grand Basilicas and ancient streets on this 3-hour tour, and discover the rich history of Rome. See the Holy Stairs and visit the Basilica of St. John Lateran, before walking through the incredible underground Catacombs of Rome.

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Duration 3 hours
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English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
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Your centrally located hotel in Rome


  • See the basilicas of St. John Lateran and St. Mary Major
  • Visit Rome’s Holy Stairs, an important pilgrimage city
  • Take a walk through Rome’s fascinating underground catacombs
  • Learn about the history of the Eternal City from your guide
Full description
Begin your tour with visits to 2 important basilicas. Discover the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, the oldest of Rome’s 4 main basilicas and home to the Holy Stairs, a pilgrimage site. Then head to the Basilica of St. Mary Major to see the amazing collection of historic and religious artefacts. Admire the mosaics and the Crypt of the Nativity. Continue along the historic Appian Way, passing the Chapel of Domine Quo Vadis. Arrive at the ancient underground Catacombs of Rome. Explore these remarkable subterranean cemeteries, some dating back to the 2nd century. See historic artwork in the catacombs, and learn about how these underground passageways give insight into the early days of Christianity.
  • 3-hour tour
  • Entrance tickets
  • Visit to 2 basilicas
  • Pickup from centrally located hotels (if option selected)
  • Local guide
  • Headsets
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    Traveler requirements
    • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    Please meet outside Hotel Mecenate Palace 15 minutes before your tour start time.

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    Important information

    Not allowed

    • Sleeveless shirts
    • Shorts
    • Short skirts

    Know before you go

    • Please note that sleeveless shirts, shorts, and mini skirts are not permitted when entering churches or religious sites
    • Tour groups may be multilingual. You will be provided with headsets in order to not be disturbed by guides speaking in other languages
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    4.3 /5

    based on 49 reviews

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    We recommend. Our small group 4 Germans and a German speaking family from France were looked after by an extremely courteous, competent and very, very nice guide. In addition to her very good language skills, she impressed with her in-depth knowledge and reproduced it in a lively form by the Italians. She also covered the lengthy journey to the catacombs due to adverse driving conditions and the resulting delays with interesting explanations of the relevant history. The booked time window could not be kept. However, the visits were not reduced. Everything, in the offer and booking, was visited and interpreted with the appropriate time.

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    October 27, 2019

    One great experience

    After going on a small drive through crazy Rome traffic, we got to the catacombs 15 minutes later. The only down side was not to be able to take photos, but all the more reason to go and see and feel how they must have felt in those days. Then going to those two grand basilicas after, the first christian basilica in Rome and St. Maries, an absolute must and a worth it.

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    October 2, 2019

    Beautiful experience, the guide was very entertaining, you could tell he handled the subject very well, plain to answer any questions, kind, friendly and cordial.

    January 4, 2020

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