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Private Tour: Secret Rome and Historical Churches

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    What to Expect
    Meet your art historian guide in central Rome, and stroll to the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano, the first Christian basilica to be built in the city and Rome’s official cathedral. Admire its Borromini-designed interior, and see the table that Jesus is said to have used at the Last Supper.

    From the basilica, stroll through Rome and learn about the changes that took place from the days of the Roman Empire to the dawn of Christianity through to the 10th century. If there is a sight that you particularly want to see, let your guide know. Your itinerary is flexible, as it is a private tour.

    With tales of medieval Rome ringing in your ears, head to Caelian Hill and step inside the monastery of Santi Quattro Coronati to see the Chapel of Sylvester. A true treasure, the chapel is home to a rare collection of medieval frescoes, so impressive that many refer to it as the medieval Sistine Chapel.

    Mid-way through your tour, enjoy a half-hour break for a snack (own expense), and then continue to the nearby Church of San Giovanni e Paolo. Admire the sturdy foundations of the Claudianum — a grandiose arcade built into the church grounds — and then head inside the church itself to see a cosmatesque floor containing secret symbols.

    Lying beneath the church is the Case Romane del Celio, a series of underground Roman house excavations. The small, yet fascinating, site offers a glimpse of Roman home life, and art work, sculptures and frescoes can all be seen. A further highlight in the Caelian Hill area is Santo Stefano Rotondo, a beautiful round church that dates back to the 5th century.

    After 3.5 hours, your tour ends at Via San Gregorio.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Central Rome
    Departure Time
    8:45 AM
    3h 30m
    Return Details
    Concludes at Basilica St. John on Lateran
    • Private art-historian guide
    • Entry/Admission - Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano
    • Entry/Admission - Caelian Hill
    • Entry/Admission - Santo Stefano Rotondo
    • Entry/Admission - Santi Giovanni e Paolo
    • Entry/Admission - Ss. Quattro Coronati
    • Entry/Admission - Case Romane del Celio
    • Gratuities
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
    • A moderate amount of walking is involved recommended to wear comfortable shoes
    • Not wheelchair and stroller accessible
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    It was so refreshing to visit significant sites without all the crowds and with the intimate knowledge of our guide Guido. One of the highlights of our trip

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank lorinda f
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

    Our tour guide Stefano was absolutely the best- he gave us a lot of useful tips for our visit and made the whole tour very interesting by sharing local secrets and traditions with us! I strongly recommend the walking tour!

    Thank elliethephant
    Reviewed 28 August 2019

    We made 2 hours free tour last week with Matteo. He was great! The tour was in English and even so we are not English native speakers, he spoke in a way we understood everything. But most important was his explanations and the places he...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    1  Thank arieisraele
    Reviewed 24 August 2019

    We enjoyed Andrea's tour. He was very knowledgeable and was keen to dispelled a few myths. Given we had only 10 on our tour, it was easy paced and easy to hear. Recommend.

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank _mandn93
    Reviewed 16 June 2019

    The tour srated on time, we met at buttom of the spanish steps. Tha guide was vert helpul, gave us wonderful tips, and was full of knowledge. He didnt jyst trough dates and names to the air, but made it into intersting stories.

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank michael a
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