Guided tour

Rome: Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore Tour

Rome: Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore Tour

Activity provider: Romaetravel

From US$ 67.61 per person

Discover the 5th-century mosaics of Santa Maria Maggiore, a reliquary said to contain a piece of the crib that once held the baby Jesus and see the Sistine Chapel, named for Pope Sixtus V.

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Duration 2 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, Italian
Pickup included
The hotel (if inside the Aurelian Walls).


  • 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
Although enlarged and redecorated, the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore retains much of its original structure of the fifth century. In the years following the return of the papacy to Rome from Avignon, part of the church was used as a papal residence until the complete renovation of the Vatican palace. Admire its mosaics of the fifth century, a reliquary that is said to contain a piece of the crib that once held baby Jesus, an ancient icon of the Virgin Mary, and the tomb of St. Jerome and the tomb of the artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The basilica is a UNESCO World Heritage site that includes all extraterritorial properties of the Holy See in Rome. See the Sistine Chapel in the Papal Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, dedicated to Pope Sixtus V.
  • Pick-up
  • Live guide
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This is a semi-private tour
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible
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a place full of surprise. beyond the 4 degrees of the tower it is a whole set of facts and history

August 17, 2019

March 4, 2020

Product ID: 130107