The Papal Basilicas of Rome have been a focus of pilgrimage and tourism for almost 2000 years and it's easy to understand why.
Each of these magnificent Basilicas are stunningly beautiful and offer a rich & fascinating history that loudly whispers from the architecture, art, and atmosphere of these holy places.
Beginning at the most famous church in Christendom, the Basilica of St Peter, built over the bones of this prince of the Apostles, our expert guide will offer a tour of the interior of this Vatican masterpiece that evokes such strong feeling for Catholics from around the world.
From there, you will be transported to the next basilica in a luxurious air conditioned chauffeur driven car or minivan. Arriving at the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls, this huge Basilica which is the home of a monastic community of Benedictine monks, also lays claim to the body of St Paul - the Apostle of the Gentiles. After our guide has explained the main features and stories of this historic church, you have a little time to reflect and ponder on the history of St Paul and the Basilica.
From there, you board your transport again to be whisked off to the ancient Basilica of St Mary Major. Lavishly beautiful with gold and mosaics, the Basilica of St Mary Major also holds a special place in the hearts of Romans who are deeply entwined with its history and life. Indeed the Pope visits this Basilica each time he leaves Rome to pray before the icon of Mary, Help of Rome. This Basilica also has a special link with Christmas - but we will leave our guide to explain that to you....
Finally, you will be taken to the Arch-Basilica of St John Lateran - the Cathedral of Rome. Here your guide will give you a fascinatining account of the history of this church and the links to the Pope.
Time permitting, you will also be able to see the Holy Steps of Jerusalem that were brought to Rome in the 4th Century by St. Helena - the mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine. These are the very steps that Christ stood upon for his judgment by Pontius Pilate all of those years ago and has attracted pilgrims for millenia who usually ascend the stairs on their knees.
This is tour is a great way to see some of the most beautiful and ancient centres of Rome and not to be missed.