Guided tour

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

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62 reviews

Activity provider: Gray Line I Love Rome
Guided tour

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

Activity provider: Gray Line I Love Rome

From US$ 85.68 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, French, Spanish, German, 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

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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

    • Shorts
    • Short skirts
    • Sleeveless shirts

    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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    4.4 /5

    based on 62 reviews

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    Catacombs is a must to visit. It gives us a perspective of where everyone belongs to. It doesn't feel like grave. Especially all the human remains are completely decomposed. It carries great history and the ability link back to the roots. Important: Please book the slots in advance as it is strictly by booking

    March 28, 2023

    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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    March 28, 2023

    A knowledgable guide led us around the three sights. Timing of the tour was a little off as there were masses taking places in two of the churches, meaning we couldn’t look around them fully. Catacombs were excellently guided by one of their own guides.

    March 28, 2023

    Product ID: 223833