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Private Tour: Secret Rome and Historical Churches

  • 3.5-hour walking tour of Rome’s gems and historical churches
  • Hear history from the Roman Empire to the Middle Ages
  • Visit the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano, Rome’s official cathedral
Private Tour: Secret Rome and Historical Churches
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Private Tour: Secret Rome and Historical Churches
USD 42.94
Bypass Rome’s tourist hotspots and uncover the lesser-known gems that many visitors miss. Guided by an expert in art history, the 3.5-hour tour introduces you to Caelian Hill with its history-steeped churches and archaeological digs. Check out Case Romane del Celio, an ancient Roman house, and step inside the city’s so-called medieval Sistine Chapel. Visit the papal seat, aka the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano, and learn about the city’s history from Roman Empire days to the Middle Ages.  The tour can be tailored to your preferences.
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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1 - 5 of 17 reviews

Reviewed 7 June 2018
Interesting and informative

Gaston shared his thoughts about various places in Rome that we visited and his love of art, architecture and most of all, Bernini! I enjoyed his unique view!

Thank SheDc
Reviewed 29 May 2018 via mobile
Free walking tour of Rone

Gastone was our tour guide and he was friendly and welcoming when we arrived. Certainly full of character. Whilst he took us to the notable landmarks he made it interesting by drawing attention to aspects that would normally have gone un-noticed by tourists. Particularly loved...More

Thank Karen W
Reviewed 24 May 2018
Simply Marvellous!

The witty, erudite and very well informed Gastone (Gus) was a joy from beginning to end. There was not one bit of the three hours we were with him that was uninteresting. He showed us parts of Rome that we would never have found by...More

Thank Muscles56
Reviewed 14 May 2018

Our Guide made it very interesting and kept it fun all times! he really knew how to keep everyone involved with interesting facts

Thank William L
Reviewed 26 February 2018
Worth every minute.

Matteo was friendly, knowledgeable and overall made the two hour tour very interesting. Discovered stuff we would never have found without the guide. Tour party was just the right size. Overall, the tour was one of the main highlights of our Rome stay. Great value.

1  Thank hugh_genot
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