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  1. Italy
  2. Lazio
  3. Rome
  4. Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

Rome: Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore Tour

Product ID: 130107
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Visit the largest basilica dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
About this activity
Duration 2 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Italian

Pick-up service

The hotel (if inside the Aurelian Walls).
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the 5th century mosaics of Santa Maria Maggiore
  • Visit a reliquary said to contain a piece of the crib that once held the baby Jesus
  • See the Sistine Chapel named for Pope Sixtus V (the one in Vatican City is named for Pope Sixtus IV)
Full description
There are many churches in Rome - and throughout the world - dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The largest one is the Basilica Papale (or Papal Basilica) of Santa Maria Maggiore near the Termini train station in central Rome. As you might guess from the name, Santa Maria Maggiore is technically part of the Vatican - just as a foreign embassy might be. As part of the Vatican City, the basilica is also a UNESCO World Heritage site that includes all extraterritorial properties of the Holy See in Rome.

Although the Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore has been expanded upon and redecorated over the centuries, it was originally built in the mid-5th century and much of the original structure is still in place. In the years after the papacy was moved back to Rome from Avignon, part of the church was used as the papal residence until renovations to the Vatican Palace was completed.

Some of the highlights of a visit to the basilica are its 5th century mosaics, a reliquary said to contain a piece of the crib that once held the baby Jesus, an ancient icon of the Virgin Mary, the tomb of Saint Jerome and the tomb of the artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini. There is also a Sistine Chapel in the Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore named for Pope Sixtus V (the one in the Vatican City is named for Pope Sixtus IV). 
Includes
  • Pick-up
  • Live guide
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Tips
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Product ID: 130107