Early Christian Rome Walk


    Historical evidence indicates that Christianity developed in two places in Ancient Rome, in Monti for the gentile converts and in Trastevere for the Jewish converts. This excursion focuses on the Monti neighborhood. On it you will learn about many of Rome’s most important Saints. Today, Monti is one of Rome’s most charming and up-and-coming neighborhoods. It is home to some of Rome’s most important Catholic churches and sites.

    On this excursion you will visit:


Basilica of San Clemente al Laterano 

    Two series of excavations underneath the current 11th century church have revealed an earlier fourth century basilica and the ruins buildings dating to the first century AD. San Clemente gives visitors an unforgettable firsthand experience of the layers of Roman history. Aside from the excavations, pilgrims encounter spectacular Christian art, and the resting places of St. Ignatius of Antioch, St. Clement of Rome, and St. Cyril of Thessaloniki.


St. Peter-in-Chains 

    This unique church, built in the fifth century to house the chains that bound St. Peter in Jerusalem and Rome, is a pilgrim favorite. Aside from containing the chains of St. Peter, the church is also home to Michelangelo’s Moses.


Madonna dei Monti 

    Madonna dei Monti is the parish church of the Suburra area of Monti. Designed by Giacomo della Porta, the church is a jewel of Roman Mannerist architecture and decoration. Famed for numerous saintly visitors through the century such as St. Joseph Calasanz, St. Alphonsus Liguori, and Pope St. John Paul II. The high altar contains a unique frescoed icon from which the church takes it’s name, and the left transcript altar contains the remains of St. Benedict Jospeh Labre.


Santi Sergio and Bacco 

    This church is a small but pleasant church of the Ukrainian Catholic community.


San Lorenzo in Fonte

    St. Lawrence, Rome’s most popular deacon martyr, has had numerous churches bearing his dedication throughout the centuries. This church marks the place where the Roman authorities imprisoned St. Lawrence before his execution.


Santa Pudenziana

    Catholic tradition holds that St. Peter stayed on this site with the family of Senator Pudens. This church has an impressive apse mosaic from the mid-fourth century. The mosaic is Rome’s oldest apse mosaic.


Santa Prassede

    Named after Praxedes, one of the daughters of Senator Pudens, this church dates back to the fifth century in its origins. One of the churches renovated by Pope St. Pascal in the ninth century, this church is known for its Greek inspired mosaics, including those of the Chapel of Zeno. The church houses the remains of St. Pudenziana and St. Praxedes, as well as the remains of 2,300 Christians brought from the catacombs of St. Alessandro on Via Nomentana.


St. Mary Major

        St. Mary Major, or Santa Maria Maggiore as it is know to the Romans, is Rome’s primary church dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. You will discover the unique history of this church, including the legend of Our Lady of the Snows and the relationship of this church to the development of Marian doctrine. St. Mary Major is home to the remains of St. Jerome and Pope St. Pius V, as well as Rome’s most important icon of Maria Salus Populi Romani. The church also houses a reliquary that, according to legend, holds pieces of the manger where Mary set baby Jesus after his birth.



    This excursion is available Monday to Saturday starting at 9 a.m. or 4 p.m.

    This excursions lasts 3 to 4 hours.

    The entire excursion is done on foot.

    You will encounter numerous hills and stairs on this excursion.


Please note: 

    Urbs Sacra is an apostolate and not a tour company or travel agency. Instead of charging a specific price for an excursion, Urbs Sacra requests a donation from participants and offers a suggested scale for donations. Some people give more than the suggested scale and some give less than the suggested scale. What you offer is up to you. We do not want anyone to be turned away because of budgetary constraints or limited means. Likewise, those who feel compelled to give generously certainly are welcome to do so.


Suggested Donation for the excursion without a visit to the catacombs:


        1 - 2 people suggested donation: 175 to 225 Euro

        3 - 4 people suggested donation: 200 to 250 Euro

        5 - 6 people suggested donation: 225 to 275 Euro

        7 - 8 people suggested donation: 275 to 325 Euro

        Please inquire for larger groups.

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