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Which is the difference between a Christian Rome Tour and a Catholic Rome Tour if the Christian sites of Rome are essentially the same and if the 95% of the Churches in Rome are Catholics?

Honestly, the Catholic Rome
tour is more addressed to the Roman Catholics, since usually Catholic visitors require a deeper insight in terms of Catholic doctrine and strict observant Catholic Faith, having services every day during their religious holidays.  

The Catholic Rome tours can deal with the history of the Christians in Rome (the early Christians in Rome) and the persecutions of Christians in Rome or may interest those visitors who look forward to the sites of the catholic martyrs
(so many of them in downtown Rome) and Catholic saints (for ex., St. Ignatius of Loyola and St. Benedict).

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The Christian Rome and the Catholic Rome are the two sides of the Rome Christianity. If, in one hand, all visitors are interested in some of the sites of the Christians in Rome, on the other hand most of the Catholics are searching for the most relevant sites of the Catholicism.

Also, as we outlined in our web page dedicated to the Christian Tours
, for Christian Rome we mean the general sites of the Rome Christianity, the Churches in Rome, sites relevant to a pilgrimage to Rome and the Christian history of Rome: practically, 2000 years of history.

For Catholic Rome, instead, we mean the Catholic doctrine, traditions, institutions and religious orders which are strictly dealing with the Catholic Church (e.g. universal), and are considered the "working machine" of The Holy See, better known as the Vatican City State
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Catholic Rome means that the Holy See has in Rome the key offices of the Religious orders, not only the most famous ones, like Franciscans, Augustinians, Jesuites, Benedictines or Domincans, but also the minor ones.
If "minor" can be called the "satellite" religious and/or military orders created during the Middle Ages to defend, at different times, the Roman Catholic Church: particularly, the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem or The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta (better known as The Sovereign Order of Malta), whose headquarters are nearby the Vatican City State.

Catholic Rome is a way of living the "Universal Church" in the Eternal City made out of thousands of Romans who gather in the Rome Pantheon for the Pentecost Day attending, after the service, to the cascade of petals of red roses from the hole on top of the dome, symbolising the fall of the Holy Spirit on the Disciples. Unforgettable experience.
A Catholic Rome Tour has to deal with the Christian history of Europe which, in a way or the other, affected in multiple ways today Rome: the Medieval Churches of Rome.

The Papal Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore

Official Web Site
Here

Catholic Rome is also the synonime of attending strictly the Catholic fiest days dedicated to the Virgin Mary which are scheduled on: the Assumption Day (August 15th), the Immaculate Conception Day (December 8th) and the Holy Mother of God (January 1st).
Catholic & Religious Rome is also attending the religious tradition to celebrate the Corpus Domini in one of the major Papal Basilicas (St.Peter, St. John, St. Paul Outside the Walls and Santa Maria Maggiore) or to celebrate, once every 25 years, the Jubilee.
Catholic & Religious Rome is to attend the Papal Blessing every Vatican Holiday in St. Peter's Square at least once a year and to try to get the indulgence when preview by the Canon Law in one of the Seven main Churches of Rome.

The Papal Basilica of
St. Paul Outside the Walls

Official Web Site Here

Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri

Rome - Official Catholic Web Site Here

Further, the project for a Religious Rome is whithin the more vaste complex of those Catholic groups who chose to have a Rome pilgrimage and usually belong to the Roman Catholic Church being established, the pilgrimages to Rome, in the High Middle Ages by the Popes.
Also, if it is true that in Rome we have few non Roman Catholic churches, it is also true that visitors never think of that, and those who come to Rome with the purpose of having a Religious holiday are mainly looking for something more strict to the Catholic Religion.

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In our family we have been raised Catholic. We say that for years we ate "Bread and Religion". Being a family business, Rome Travels wants to share this unique and immense heritage of the Roman Catholicism through our tours. In downtown Rome there are 299 historical Churches and an endless number of Chapels.

Rome Travels provide specific Catholic tours of Rome, religious tours of Rome, all services related to the Catholic pilgrimages to Rome and so religious travel packages, hotel bookings, religious accommodation and any activity related to better live and discover the Religious Rome. On request, to those who are Roman Catholics and those who are not, we provide to our guests all kind of info to attend a Catholic mass -in English- into a Roman Catholic Church nearby your hotel in Rome.

Catholic Rome - Tour 1 - On the Footsteps of Christ


Catholic ROME - TOUR 1 -  On the Footstpes of Christ - Symbols of the Passion of Christ

Private Transportation: required


1.
Basilica of S.te Mary Major: under the main altar, there is the remain of the Holy Crib of Christ made up of wood (visible)

2.
Basilica of Holy Cross in Jerusalem: two thorns of the Holy Crown of Jesus (visible) + pieces of the Holy Wood (visible)

3.
Sancta Sanctorum (Holy Stairs): piece of the Holy wood of the table of the Last Supper (visible)

4.
Sancta Sanctorum: the staircase (28 steps) leading once to the prætorium of Pilate at Jerusalem, hence sanctified by the footsteps of Our Lord during His Passion, brought back from the Holy Land by by St. Helena.

5.
ArchiBasilica of St. John in the Lateran: part of the Holy wood of the Last Supper

6.
Church of "Domine Quo Vadis" and the Basilica of St. Sebastian - foot prints of Christ

7.
Basilica of Santa Prassede: remain of the marble column of the Flagellation of Christ

Catholic Rome - Tour 2 - On the Footsteps of St. Peter


Catholic Rome - TOUR 2 - On the Footsteps of St. Peter

Private Transportation: required


1. Basilica of St.Peter's in Chains: miracle happened to Pope St. Leo I

2.
Basilica of Santa Maria in Transpontina: remain of the column of the Flagellation of Peter

3.
Santa Pudenziana: house of Pudente who hosted St. Peter

4.
Carcere Mamertino or "Tullianum": prison of St. Peter at the Roman Forum

5.
The Appian Way with the Church of "Domine Quo Vadis" and the Memoria Apostolorum (better known as the Catacombs of St. Sebastian)

6.
Basilica of St. John in the Lateran: remains of the skull of the Apostle over the main altar

Note
: (the Basilica f St. Peter is not included being a separtate itinerary due to its vastity)

Catholic Rome - Tour 3 - On the Footsteps of St. Paul


Catholic Rome - TOUR 3 - On the Footsteps of St. Paul

Private Transportation Required

1.
Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls: it is the burial place of the Apostle.

2.
Abbazia delle Tre Fontane ( Abbey of Three Fountains ): raised over the spot where St. Paul was beheaded by order of Emperor Nero, the legend says that the head, once severed from the body, bounced, striking the earth in three different places from which fountains sprang up, which flow to the present day and are located within the sanctuary itself.

3.
Carcere Mamertino (Tullianum - Mamertino Jail) at the Roman Forum: it is where St. Paul was kept for a while and where he wrote two of his letters

4.
House of St.Paul alla Regola - According to the tradition, it's where St. Paul was hosted during his 3 years of Rome

5. Basilica of St. John in the Lateran
: remains of the skull of St.Paul over the main altar

6.
Church of Santa Maria in Transpontina: column of the Flagellation of Paul




Catholic Rome - Tour 4 - Pilgrimage to the Tombs of the Apostles


Catholic Rome - TOUR 4 - Pilgrimage to the Tombs of Eight Apostles buried in the Eternal City.


We are proud to announce that we are the only ones in the World doing this tour. Yes, you read well: a PILGRIMAGE TO THE TOMBS OF EIGHT APOSTLES: PETER, ANDREW, PAUL, PHILLIP, JAMES THE MINOR, BARTHOLOMEW, JUDAS THADDEUS, SIMON.  

Ours, it will not be simply a "tour" from Basilica to Basilica but, besides the great Historical information of each site, we may ask to the priests to get a blessing, a special prayer for you, your family or group. And, of course, we may attend a service.


  • Basilica of Ss. Apostles: in the fascinating crypt, it is the tomb of the Apostles Phillip (crucified upside down like St. Peter) and James the Minor (martyr during Nero's time, being stoned, in 62 A.D.)


  • Basilica of St. Peter's at the Vatican: other than St. Peter, the main Church is housing the relics of three more Apostles: St. Andrew, Peter's brother and St. Judas Thaddeus and St. Simon.


  • Basilica of St. Bartholomew at the Tiber Island


  • Basilica of St. Paul's Outside thre Walls.




Catholic Rome - Tour 5 - The Sites of the Catholic Martyrs


Catholic Rome - TOUR 5 - The Sites of Catholic Martyrs



Our Catholic Rome tour will be driven to the research, prayer and pilgirmage to the tombs of the Catholic Martyrs executed throughout the persecutions of Christians in Ancient Rome. Due to the vastity, we suggest to divide our Religious tours in multiple days. The relics of the Catholic Saints can be seen in most of the cases. Or simply have a tour combo.

  • Basilica of Ss. Apostles: in the fascinating crypt, it is the tomb of the Apostles Phillip (crucified upside down like St. Peter) and James the Minor (martyr during Nero's time, being stoned, in 62 A.D.)

  • Basilica of S.te Praxedis: Titulus Praxedis, tombs of S.te Prassede and Pudenziana, the two sisters executed during the Emperor Antonino Pio (138-161 A.D.) + Pope Pascal I moved over 2300 bodies of the Roman martyrs from the Catacombs of Priscilla to this Basilica. Note: it has one of the most extraordinary mosaics of Rome.

  • Basilica of Santa Pudenziana: "Titulus Pudente", built on top of the Pudente's House in the Viminal Hill who housed for a while the Apostle St. Peter during his travel to Rome. Note: It has the oldest mosaic of the Rome Churches.

  • Basilica of S.te Cecilia in Trastevere: "Titulus Ceciliae", housed St.Valeriano and his daughter, Santa Cecilia, both martyrs during Emperor Marcus Aurelius. House of Santa Cecilia, sarcophagi of Ss. Cecilia, Valeriano, Tiburzio, Maximus and Popes Urban I (222-230) and Lucius (253-254). Note: it has an extraordinary mosaic made during Pope Pascal II (1009-1118) + Fresco of the Last Judgment of P. Cavallini (XIV Cent.)

  • Basilica of St. Mark at the Capitol Hill: in the crypt, sarcophagi of Ss. Abdon and Sennen.

  • Basilica of S.te Agnes Outside the Walls: sarcophagi of Ss. Agnes and Emerenziana, executed during Emperor Trajan (95 A.D.) + Mausoleum of Costanza, daughter of Emperor Constantine + Catacombs of Sant'Agnese.

  • Basilica of S.te Agnes Within the Walls: relics of the Sainte in the crypt, same site of her martyrdom (on the steps of the Stadium of Domitian, on top of which was later built Piazza Navona)

  • Basilica of St. Lawrence outside the Walls: an extraordinary example of Medieval Architecture, it has the tomb of St. Steven (Proto-martyr) and St. Giustino Presbyter, other than the tomb of the Pope Pio IX.

  • Basilica of St. Clement: "Titulus Clementis", tomb of the third successor of St. Peter, is where we have the tomb of the two out of the four Doctors of the Eastern Orthodox Church, Ss. Cyrillus and Methodius. It has one of the most beautiful mosaics in all over Rome (1124).

  • Basilica of Ss. John and Paul al Celio "Titulus Pammachii or Byzantis", other than having the incredible subterranean ambiences, is where the two Roman officers lived and were killed during the brief period of the Christian persecutions during the Emperor Julian the Apostate (362-364 A.D.)

  • Basilica Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri: Michelangelo Buonarroti designed a stupendous Renaissance Church in the remains of the Tepidarium of the Baths of Emperor Diocletian (284-305 A.D.) who, responsible for the greatest persecutions in Rome of the Christians, for its construction, used tons of Christians as slaves and hundreds of them died in the construction of the Baths. In the Cybo Chapel are some of the relics of these Christian martyrs.


Our list could be endless due to the amount of the unknown Roman Martyrs - the early Martyrs of ther Church of Rome, reminded in the Catholic calendar on June 30th, who were killed starting with the Nero's persecutions (64 A.D.) and ended only with the Emperor Constantine (313 A.D. with the Edit of Milan).


Catholic Rome - Tour 6 - The Sites of the Catholic Saints


Catholic Rome - TOUR 6 - The Sites of Catholic Saints



Our Catholic Rome tour will be driven to the research, prayer and pilgirmage to the tombs of the Catholic Saints of the Roman Catholic Church. It is useful to remind that not all Catholic Saints are martyrs, while all Catholic martyrs are Saints.


  • Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli at the Capitol Hill: tomb of S.te Helena († 329 A.D.), mother of the Emperor  Constantine, the one who convinced her son to tolerate the Christians after 280 years of persecutions.

  • Church of Gesù (St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuite Catholic religious order)

  • Church of St. Benedict in Piscinula in Trastevere & St. Gregorio al Celio (house of St. Benedict, founder of the Benedictine Catholic religious order)

  • Church of St. Francesco a Ripa (house of Catholic St. Francis in Rome)

  • Basilica of St. Augustine, tomb of Santa Monica, mother of Sant'Augustine

  • Basilica of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva: body of S.te Catherine of Siena, co-patron Sainte of Rome coupled with the Apostles Peter and Paul + copatron Sainte of the Italians, with St. Francis of Assisi. In the Basilica there are also buried five Popes + the tomb of Beato Fra' Angelico.

  • Church of Our Lady of Peace, Prelatic Church of Opus Dei: tomb of Saint Josemaria Escrivà de Balaguer, founder of the Opus Dei, canonized by Pope John Paul II on 2002.



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Two words to know before coming to Rome: Domus Eccleasiae and Titulus


Before approaching to any of our Catholic Tours of Rome with us, we thought to explain two basical concepts of the Roman Catholic Religion strictly linked to each other: Domus Ecclesiae and Titulus.

Domus
(from Latin=House or Home) Ecclesia (from Old Greek=Assembly) were the first places where the early Christians in Rome celebrated secretly their worship and Masses, being persecuted all over the Roman Empire and especially in Rome.

Titulus
(from Latin= Title - pl. titula) identified with a piece of wood/marble/terracotta the ownership of these domus ecclesiae. The Titulus was then placed outside these homes as sign of recognition for the early Christians of Rome and there was engraved the name of the founder or proprietor who held the property in custody for the Church.

By the time that the Emperor Constantine tolerated the Christianity in Rome and in all the Roman Empire (313 A.D.), there were 24 titula
in Rome.

In Roman Catholicism, the holder of one of these churches is a "titular". Today, each member of the College of Cardinals in the order of Cardinal-Presbyter is appointed a "titular church", namely the Basilicas of Rome.

Costs - Guided Tours - Catholic Rome - Full Day Tour

Costs - Guided Tour

Full day Catholic Rome

Including Private Tour Guide & Transportation (private driver/deluxe car-minivan-minibus-bus)
8-10 hours Tour  


  • 1-2 people : 1.400,00 EUR

  • 3-7 people : 1.500,00 EUR

  • 8-17 people : 175,00 EUR per person *

  • 18-40 people : 145,00 per person *


* Included the these costs is also the minibus/bus permit & head-sets throughout the tour + lunch, entrance fees are included in the above costs.

Payment:
Visa & MasterCard are well accepted.

NOTE: 22 % VAT TAX to be added in the deposit on the above costs.

Costs - Guided Tours - Catholic Rome - Half Day Tours

Costs - Guided Tour

Half day Catholic Rome

Including Private Tour Guide & Transportation (private driver/deluxe car-minivan-minibus-bus)
4-5 hours Tour  


  • 1-2 people : 700.00 EUR

  • 3-7 people : 800.00 EUR

  • 8-17 people : 145.00 EUR per person *

  • 18-40 people : 125.00 per person *


* Included the these costs is also the minibus/bus permit & head-sets throughout the tour.

Notes: lunch, entrance fees (if any) and 22% VAT TAX not included in the deposit in the above costs.

Payment:
Visa & MasterCard are well accepted.

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