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Distance: 5 km Duration: 8 hours

Itinerary description

This itinerary will allow you to visit some important churches and basilicas in Rome. If you are interested in Christian art work and have a little more time to spend in the city, this is the right itinerary to discover the art work and frescoes of great Italian painters and sculptors.

It is  recommended to walk from one place to another since all the churches and basilicas are in the city center.
Time Required:
It takes about  8 hours to visit all of the locations mentioned , depending on the amount of time you decide to stop in each place.

This itinerary, dedicated to churches and basilicas, starts from Repubblica's Square, subway at “Repubblica” (Line A), where you’ll find the Church Our Lady of the Angels, built on the ruins of the Diocletian Baths. The construction of  the church was commissioned to Michelangelo. Inside the church you can note the bronze doors depicting angels, created by Igor Mitoraj. Exiting the church and continuing along Via Nazionale, you’ll see the Church of St Paul's Within the Walls, built in 1873, the first non-Roman Catholic Church. Inside the church you can admire the mosaics by Burne-Jones and Breck, the stained glass windows, the three sarcophagi and a large cross placed at the center of the altar. The tour continues to the left onto Via Napoli, with a visit to the Church of St Pudentiana, known as the "Titulus Pudentiana", the first Parish church in Rome. Walking up Via Agostino Depretis, you’ll arrive at Piazza Esquilino, and shortly thereafter, at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, one of the four Roman patriarchal basilicas. From there, the tour continues to the Church of St Praxedes which contains many important Byzantine mosaics. After your visit here, you’ll begin a nice little walk down a long and bustling street called Via Merulana. Nearing the end of this street, you'll arrive at St Anthony at Lateran's Basilica. This church contains art work and frescoes attributed to the Franciscans. Next to the church is the famous St John in Lateran's Basilica. Continue strolling along Viale Carlo Felice to arrive at the church of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem, dedicated to the True Cross. We suggest a visit inside as there is also many wonderful examples of classis Christian art inside.


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