Holy Sites Walking Tour, Rome

Being the cradle of the Catholic Church, one of the world's biggest religions, Rome has a large number of valuable, sacred places of worship. Crowded with architectural splendors from different periods of time, each church and basilica represents a significant part of Rome's culture and history. Take the following tour to discover Rome's magnificent religious heritage.
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Guide Name: Holy Sites Walking Tour
Guide Location: Italy » Rome (See other walking tours in Rome)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km
Author: audrey
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Archbasilica of St. John in Lateran

1) Archbasilica of St. John in Lateran (must see)

The Basilica of Saint John Lateran was constructed in the 4th century BC and is the first church to be built in Rome. This cathedral is the official ecclesiastical seat of the Pope, and as such is the oldest and foremost building of the four Papal Basilicas. Although it is located outside the Vatican City, it has extraterritorial status because it belongs to the Holy See.

The basilica was built on the site of a fort put up by Septimus Severus in 193AD, the remains of which lie beneath the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Basilica of Saint Clement

2) Basilica of Saint Clement (must see)

The Basilica of Saint Clement (Italian: 'Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano') is a Roman Catholic minor basilica dedicated to Pope Clement I, one of the most richly decorated minor basilicas in Rome. You will find it not far from the Colosseum, on Piazza St Clement. Archaeologically speaking, the structure is a three-tiered complex of buildings: (1) the present basilica built just before the year 1100 during the height of the Middle Ages; (2) beneath the present basilica is a...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

3) Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore (must see)

The Papal Basilica of St Mary Major is one of the four ancient major basilicas and the largest Marian church in Rome. According to legend, Mary, the mother of Christ, appeared in a dream to Pope Liberius in August of 356 and told him to build a church in a place where a miracle would take place. The next day, news of a strange snowfall on Esquiline Hill was announced to the Pope and he hurried to the top of the hill to sketch in the snow the design for the new church.

The present basilica was...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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San Pietro in Vincoli

4) San Pietro in Vincoli (must see)

The church of San Pietro in Vincoli ('St Peter in Chains') is to be found on the square of the same name and is one of Rome’s many minor basilicas. In 432, a small church was built to house the relics of the chains that the Apostle wore while he was imprisoned in Jerusalem. According to the Acts of the Apostles, the Lord sent an angel who caused the chains binding Peter to fall and then the angel led him from his prison without waking the sleeping guards. Today, the chains are kept...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Temple of Saturn

5) Temple of Saturn (must see)

While you are in Rome, one of your destinations will surely be the Forum Romanum, the ancient public square situated between the Palatine and Capitoline Hills, with its structures that date back to Ancient Rome. At the Forum’s western end, at the foot of Capitoline Hill, you will find the vestiges of the Temple of Saturn.

The Temple was built in 500BC on the site of an even older shrine dedicated to Saturn. It was reconstructed in 42BC by Lucius Munatius Plancus, a Roman Consul who was an...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Capitoline Hill

6) Capitoline Hill (must see)

Capitoline Hill is considered the most sacred of Rome’s seven hills and no-one on holiday in the city should miss visiting it. According to legend, Rome was founded on seven hills by Romulus and Remus, but in truth, the bastion of the early Roman civilisation was Capitoline Hill, with its double summit and a sheer cliff face on one side. A lot of temples were built here, dedicated to Roman gods, such as the Capitoline Triad, (Jupiter, Juno, and Minerva); others were dedicated to Venus and...   view more
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Great Synagogue of Rome

7) Great Synagogue of Rome

The Great Synagogue of Rome is the largest synagogue in the city. It houses the offices of the Chief Rabbi and also the Jewish Museum. It is a beautiful building and well worth a visit. Life for the Jewish community in Rome, as in so many other countries, was often terribly difficult. Jews started to settle in Rome in the 2nd century BC and established trading centres in the city. Between 63AD and 135AD many Jews were brought to Rome as slaves in the aftermath of the Roman/Judean War.

Made to...   view more
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Walking Tours in Rome, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Rome

Create Your Own Walk in Rome

Creating your own self-guided walk in Rome is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Souvenir Shopping Tour

Souvenir Shopping Tour

It would be a pity to leave Rome without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Rome, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.5 km
Colosseum to Pantheon Walking Tour

Colosseum to Pantheon Walking Tour

The say, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” and that undoubtedly implies appreciating the enormous historical and architectural richness of the city, often – and rightly so – referred to as “eternal”. Stretching from Colosseum to Pantheon, this 3km-walk invites you to explore the most notable attractions of the Italian capital, including the Arch of Constantine, Palatine Hill, Roman Forum, Capitoline Hill and more.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
"Roman Holiday" Movie Walking Tour

"Roman Holiday" Movie Walking Tour

"Roman Holiday" (1953) is a movie, filmed entirely in Rome and beloved by generations of people. Starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, the film won three Oscars, giving Hepburn a boost to her glorious film career. The main storyline centers around a day of freedom in the beautiful Italian capital for an otherwise duty-bound Princess Ann. Take the following tour to live the happiest day of her life in Rome!

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.9 km
Ancient History Walking Tour

Ancient History Walking Tour

The glory of Ancient Rome is known throughout the entire world and each year millions of tourists travel to Rome to visit its ancient sites. Rome's historic center is packed with so many landmarks and works of art, that it would take days to see it all. The following tour offers you a walk by the most remarkable, must see sites in Rome's ancient center.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Campo Marzio Walking Tour

Campo Marzio Walking Tour

Campo Marzio is a historic district of Rome, it covers part of the ancient Campus Martius (Fields of Mars) and is one of the largest amongst the remaining 14 historic districts. Campo Marzio is also the district that most Romans refer to as the city center or downtown of Rome. Each Roman district or "rione" in Italian, has its own ordinal number and coat of arms, as well as fascinating history and breathtaking attractions. Take this tour to explore Campo Marzio, the 4th rione of Rome.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Monti and Celio Walking Tour

Monti and Celio Walking Tour

Take this tour to explore the Monti and Celio rioni (districts). Celio is the 19th rione of Rome, its coat of arms features an elephant headdress with golden tusks on a silver background, in memory of an African bust that was found in via Capo d'Africa. Monti is actually the first rione, its name literally means "mountains". Monti's coat of arms consists of three green mountains on a silver background, since the rione originally encompassed the Esquiline and the Viminal Hills, and parts of the Quirinal and the Caelian Hills.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 km

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