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The Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, Tivoli

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Rome: Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica Guided Tour

1. Rome: Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica Guided Tour

Join a walking tour of the Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore, located on Esquiline Hill. Discover the secrets of this impressive monument, one of the four papal basilicas in Rome. The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore was built on the site where the Virgin Mary appeared in a dream of pope Liberius. This is also where a blanket of snow appeared on the hill in the middle of summer. Find out how the locals commemorate this miracle every year with white flower petals. See the 14th-century bell tower, the highest bell tower in Rome standing tall at 75 meters. It is said that there are pieces of wood from Jesus' crib underneath the altar (Sacra Culla). Visit the patriarchal basilica, which contains the funerary monuments of Pope Clement IX, Paul V, and Nicolas IV. Discover a number of other famous Catholics who are buried here as well, including saint Jerome and the artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

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4.8 / 5

based on 10 reviews

This was one of our favorite tours in Rome. Roberta, our guide, was excellent! She was very informative, and answered all of our questions. Paying the little bit of extra for the guide is totally worth it. We would have missed out on so much if we would have tried to tour the church on our own. I would rate this tour as a top 3 things to do in Rome!

Our guide was fantastic and we learned a lot about the church. You would have to do a lot of research to gain that knowledge. It's so much more practical to have a knowledgeable guide explain things to you as you're seeing them. The Basilica is huge, beautiful, and culturally rich, yet doesn't have the crowds and noise of St Peter's.

Fantastic tour. The guide was lovely and well informed on the history. She was clear to understand and gave enough time for everyone to look around and take photos. The tour took the whole hour and was easy to locate where to find the guide.

Very informative tour. The guide was very knowledgable and took us to areas of the church that we wouldn’t normally be able to see. Well worth the money.

The tour guide was really great,not very good English but understandable. Not very crowded like the vatican and the place was magnificent!