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Rome Walking Tour of Holy Sites: Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem, San Giovanni in Laterano and Scala Santa

5 (9)
Rome, IT

Rome Walking Tour of Holy Sites: Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem, San Giovanni in Laterano and Scala Santa

5 (9)
Rome, IT
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Immerse yourself in the rich history and spiritual significance of Rome with this captivating 2-hour walking tour. Journey through time as you visit the oldest church in the city, the Cathedral of Rome in San Giovanni, and follow in the footsteps of Jesus on the Holy Steps. Marvel at the beauty and grandeur of the Basilica of the Holy Cross, and uncover the secrets of its construction. Experience the spiritual power of the Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, the first and most important Western basilica. With knowledgeable guides leading the way, you'll uncover hidden gems and fascinating stories that bring Rome's holy sites to life. Don't miss this opportunity to explore the sacred heart of Rome and connect with its divine history.

About this experience

  • Admission Included
  • 2 hours
  • Suitable for 1-10 Participants
  • Private Tour, Small Group Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Discover hidden gems of Rome
  • Visit the oldest church in the city
  • Local guide
  • Private tour
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

  • Mobile

Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

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Admission Included

Scala Santa and Chapel of San Lorenzo

The Scala Santa is the ladder ascended by Jesus to reach the classroom where he was subjected to the interrogation of Pontius Pilate before the crucifixion.

Basilica di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme

This church was built starting from the fourth century in the place where were the buildings of Sant'Elena, the mother of Emperor Constantine

Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano

It is the first of the four major papal basilicas and the oldest and most important Western basilica

More about this experience


Come and explore the holy sites of Rome on this captivating 2-hour walking tour. Immerse yourself in the rich history and spirituality of the Eternal City as you visit the Basilica of the Holy Cross, San Giovanni in Laterano, and the awe-inspiring Scala Santa. Prepare to be amazed as your experienced guide shares fascinating stories and insights about these sacred places, transporting you back in time to ancient Rome.

What to expect?

During this tour, you can expect to discover hidden gems that are often overlooked by tourists. You'll begin your journey at the impressive obelisk, where you will meet your knowledgeable guide. From there, you'll make your way to the Scala Santa and Chapel of San Lorenzo, where Jesus ascended the ladder before his crucifixion. Feel the weight of history as you climb the same steps that Jesus once tread. Next, you'll visit the stunning Basilica di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, a church with a rich history dating back to the fourth century. Marvel at the beautiful architecture and intricate artwork as your guide shares stories about this sacred place. Finally, you'll explore the Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, the oldest and most significant Western basilica, known as the "Cathedral of Rome." This magnificent church will leave you in awe of its grandeur and historical importance.

Who is this for?

This captivating tour is perfect for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of Rome's religious and cultural heritage. It is ideal for history enthusiasts, art lovers, and spiritual seekers alike. Whether you're a seasoned traveler or visiting Rome for the first time, this experience will provide you with a unique perspective on the city's rich past. Don't worry about your fitness level; this walking tour is suitable for all ages and abilities.

Why book this?

Immerse yourself in the heart and soul of Rome with our expert guide, who will bring these historical sites to life. This tour offers a chance to go beyond the typical tourist attractions and discover the hidden gems that make Rome so special. The intimate group size allows for personalized attention and the opportunity to ask questions along the way. By the end of the tour, you'll have gained a deeper appreciation for the historical, cultural, and spiritual significance of these holy sites.

Good to know

At each site, you'll have the opportunity to take stunning photos, so don't forget your camera! Comfortable walking shoes are recommended as there will be some walking involved. The tour lasts approximately 2 hours, giving you plenty of time to soak in the atmosphere and marvel at the incredible architecture. Restrooms and refreshment facilities are available at various points during the tour. Please note that the tour includes the guidance service, but entrance fees to the sites are not included.


Past participants have raved about this tour, praising the knowledgeable guides and the unique insights they provided. Visitors were particularly impressed with the beauty and historical significance of the Basilica of the Holy Cross, San Giovanni in Laterano, and the Scala Santa. Many found the tour to be a highlight of their visit to Rome, as it offered a fascinating glimpse into the city's religious past. Participants appreciated the opportunity to learn from an experienced guide and walk in the footsteps of Jesus. Overall, reviews were overwhelmingly positive, with participants expressing their gratitude for this enriching and spiritually uplifting experience.



5 (9)


We did this by ourselves not on the tour but I cannot just review it that way!! This had both of us feel this was a really spiritual place. You often do not pick that up but here you really did! It has a chapel that has the relics of Christ in there and it is amazing to see them. They were according to legend taken back to Rome by Elena who ws Emperor Constantine's Mother. I had this on a list of a few churches we wanted to particularly see and this and also Santa Maria in Trastevere are definitely two that are not to be missed!!


Excellent tour! Thomas was very knowledgeable, answered all of our questions; I would definitely recommend this tour, you will not be disappointed!


Climbing the escala sancta on my knees and seeing the sacred table. Seeing part of the Holy Cross, the Nail and thorns on Jesus’ crown


These three sites have been on my list for years and despite 4 previous trips to Rome I was not able to see them. The wait seem to make it sweeter. It was an amazing 2.5 hrs with Francesco who was an outstanding guide and garnered invitations to stay with us in Texas as a result. Climbing the stairs on my knees was incredibly powerful as I repeated the traditional Jewish Prayer on each step. I was sobbing in gratitude by the halfway point. The holy relics and churches were stunning and I especially found the full size copy of the Shroud of Turin (gift from Turin) amazing. Please do this tour. Please ask for Francesco. Please allow God to open your heart and mind during your time in these holy places.


It ended up being a private one as only the three of us were there for the tour. Giorgio, our guide, took his time to show and tell us information we did not know before. It was a moving experience going through the Cathedral and the steps of the Scala Santa. He was on time to meet us.


We had the best time with Giorgio on our walking Pilgrim tour. He was so knowledgeable and answered all of our questions: historical, political and art history. The trip was visually breathtaking and we struggled to know where to look next. It was my favorite part of our visit to Rome.


Rome walking tour of holy sites with Giovanni Giorgio was EXCELLENT. GREAT guide, very knowledgeable, great presentation, and interaction with our kids. After the tour he phoned us a taxi (for five)… returned to make sure that we were collected... and when the taxi was late... he phoned and waited until we were collected. AMAZING tour, tour guide, and service level!!! Giorgio rocks!!!


We are blessed to have experienced the Rome Walking Tour of the Holy Sites. It was an incredible experience and we absolutely recommend it!


Great, knowledgeable guide. Exactly what I was hoping for. I was especially thrilled to see the Holy Stairs.
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-02-22 21:33
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