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Description

What could be more appropriate at Easter in Rome than visiting the primary relics of the Passion and Death of Jesus brought to Rome from Jerusalem in the early 4th century A.D?

When the Roman Empire embraced the faith it once persecuted, it exploded into a frenzy of observance for the history and truth of the Christian faith manifest in the literary, the artistic and the relics of the early Christian church. Many of these were then brought to the then capital of the world - Rome.

On this tour expect to have an intimate encounter with the Relics of the Passion of Jesus Christ - physical objects which were used in his torture and death, and which were brought to Rome from Jerusalem by St Helena - the mother of Emperor Constantine.

We begin our tour with a visit to one of the oldest Churches dedicated to Theotokos (Mother of God) in Rome - the Basilica of St Mary Major - containing, beneath its centre altar, wood from the manger in which the baby Jesus once lay. The church adorned by every epoque of Italian art history even holds the body of the devout Baroque artist, Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

We then walk over to the Basilica of Santa Prassede, built in the 8th century, which holds some of the finest examples of medieval Christian art and holds a fragment of the pillar upon which Christ was flogged.

Only a few yards away we then enter the church of San Alfonso Ligouri to see the beautiful 15th-century Byzantine icon “Our Lady of Perpetual Help / Succour” also known as the Virgin of the Passion or Theotokos of the Passion.

After we visit the Church of the Holy Stairs / Steps (Santa Scala) brought from Jerusalem by St Helena (mother of Roman Emperor Constantine) and so named because they are the steps which led to the praetorium of the then Roman procurator - Pontius Pilot. Since Our Lord Jesus descended those very steps in condemnation, all pilgrims ascend them on their knees.

From there we visit the Cathedral of Rome, the Basilica of Saint John Lateran (San Giovanni Laterano) and finally enter a Church built by St Helena. The church built overspread earth brought with relics from Jerusalem was her personal chapel holding, to this day, relics of the Passion of Christ including those of the Holy Sepulcher, the Cave of Bethlehem, a Nail of The Crucifixion, a Thorn of The Crown and a small walnut board reading Jesus the Nazarene King of the Jews.

All pilgrims who join us on this once in a lifetime Catholic pilgrimage tour will be given time to reflect and pray as part of their religious tour experience. 

Please note: This tour does not include hotel pick up and drop off service. This means that you will have to arrange your own transfers to reach the designated meeting point and start the tour. Meeting point: Fountain in front of the entrance to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Piazza di S. Maria Maggiore, Roma, 0100

Itinerary

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome

Visit one of the 4 magnificent Major Basilicas of Rome and see the relics of the Nativity and it's relation to Calvary, together with an icon painted by St Luke

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes 

Basilica di Santa Prassede, Rome

Visit this stunning ancient Basilica and see the pillar on which Christ was flogged during his Passion in Jerusalem on Good Friday

Duration: 30 minutes 

Parrocchia Sant'Alfonso Maria de' Liguori, Rome

See the original of Icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, aka Theotokos of the Passion, to see the world's most famous icon and the role of Mary in the Easter mysteries

Duration: 30 minutes 

Scala Santa and Chapel of San Lorenzo, Rome

Ascend the Holy Steps on which Jesus was judged by Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem on Good Friday. They were brought from Jerusalem to Rome in the 4th Century.

Duration: 20 minutes 

Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, Rome

Visit the Cathedral of Rome where the skulls of Sts Peter & Paul are held. Learn about the importance of Calvary and how it relates to our baptism and the Resurrection

Duration: 30 minutes 

Basilica di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, Rome

Visit this ancient Basilica - perhaps the most important Christian Basilica in Rome - and see multiple relics of the Crucifixion of Christ in Jerusalem including parts of the Crown of Thorns, a Nail from the Cross, Wood of the True Cross, fragments of the Tomb, and much more

Duration: 30 minutes 

What's excluded

  • Food & drinks.
  • Tip or gratuity.
  • Hotel pick up/drop off.
  • Personal expenses.

What do I need to bring

  • Comfortable shoes.
  • Weather-appropriate clothing.
  • Money for personal expenses.
  • Anything that might be useful to you.

Important information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellation fee of 100% if cancelled 1 day or less before departure

Categories

  • CULTURAL AND THEME TOURS
  • WALKING TOUR

Guided Language

  • English

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