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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
From USD 42.74
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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Reviews (27)
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Great Tour Guide, Great Tour, It Was Brilliant :)

Stefano was enthusiastic, knowledgeably, funny and great with our children. I would highly recommend this tour, not only is it free, you get all Stefano's knowledge of the area and see sites you wouldn't think about going to, some of which are breathtaking. This tour...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank rumples123
Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile
Fantastic experience

Stefano was a fun and knowledgeable tour guide. He took the time to teach us not only Rome history but also cultural facts and current events. The tour covers so many cool monuments that we would have missed otherwise due to lack of time in...More

Thank angiez732
Reviewed 14 October 2018
Best tour in Rome

My partner and I booked to do this tour the first day of our stay in Rome and it was the best decision we made. Our tour guide was so enthusiastic and captivating, showed us little attractions around Rome we never would have seen if...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Anna M
Reviewed 13 October 2018 via mobile
The one thing YOU HAVE TO DO in Rome

Honestly the best tour myself and my other half have ever done. Our tour guide (can’t remember his name but Male with a Red Ferrari hat) was unbelievably enthusiastic, spoke perfect and English, bled captivating facts and information about every significant part of the tour;...More

1  Thank Odyssey824113
Reviewed 10 October 2018 via mobile
Great Tour!

Daniele was a great tour guide for this free tour. We first heard about this site from a friend and it was the first thing we booked as well as first thing we did for this time trip. We’ve been in Italy for two weeks...More

Thank ybdaniels
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