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Rome: Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore Tour

Product ID: 130107
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Discover the 5th-century mosaics of Santa Maria Maggiore, a reliquary said to contain a piece of the crib that once held the baby Jesus and see the Sistine Chapel, named for Pope Sixtus V.
About this activity
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Mobile ticketing
Duration 2 hours
Starting time 2:00 PM
Skip the ticket line
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Italian

Pickup included

The hotel (if inside the Aurelian Walls).

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  • Discover the 5th century mosaics of Santa Maria Maggiore
  • Visit a reliquary said to contain a piece of the crib that once held the baby Jesus
  • See the Sistine Chapel named for Pope Sixtus V (the one in Vatican City is named for Pope Sixtus IV)
Full description
Although enlarged and redecorated, the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore retains much of its original structure of the fifth century. In the years following the return of the papacy to Rome from Avignon, part of the church was used as a papal residence until the complete renovation of the Vatican palace.

Admire its mosaics of the fifth century, a reliquary that is said to contain a piece of the crib that once held baby Jesus, an ancient icon of the Virgin Mary, and the tomb of St. Jerome and the tomb of the artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The basilica is a UNESCO World Heritage site that includes all extraterritorial properties of the Holy See in Rome. See the Sistine Chapel in the Papal Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, dedicated to Pope Sixtus V.
  • Pick-up
  • Live guide
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Tips

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Sleeveless shirts
Know before you go
• Confirmation will be received at time of booking
• This is a semi-private tour
• This tour is not wheelchair accessible

From £56.83 per person

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Product ID: 130107