For centuries Rome has been a place of Christian pilgrimage, from the 1st century AD until the present age. Traces of the primitive Christian Church are found all over the city. On this unique itinerary we follow the development of the early Christian community with visits to Rome’s most sacred sites to see the art and architecture that pioneered the way for what became the Western World’s most powerful cultural heritage – the Papacy.

Details

Individual Price: €50 per person 
Private Tour Price: 
€300 per group (1-6 people)
Duration:
 3 hours
Start Time: 9am and 3:30pm

Excludes Entrance Fees

Sites visited are the Basilica of San Clemente, an 11th century church whose medieval mosaics are unsurpassed in Rome, built on top of an earlier 4th century basilica, over the remains of a domus alleged to be the meeting place of the first Christians in Rome.

Excavations include a mithraeum, a meeting-hall for a pagan mystery religion long considered a rival to the Christian faith. We also visit the majestic Papal Basilica of St. Mary Major to see some of the finest mosaics in the world, admire the most authentic of Roman basilicas in which we still have the original 4th century architectural floor plan, and then on to the minor basilica of Santa Prassede to see the Chapel of St. Zeno and most exquisite 11th century Roman-Byzantine mosaics, along the way learning about the challenges and successes of the early Christian community in Rome.