Between Holy Doors

Badge of ExcellenceRome, Italy
Between Holy Doors
  • 3 to 4 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Most visitors to Rome never get past St. Peter’s Basilica, but the city is thick with important churches that are rich in art and history. With this unique tour, discover Rome’s landmark sacred sites from the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore to the Holy Stairs near the Basilica of Saint John Lateran. Delve into religious and art history as you admire holy relics and spectacular masterpieces by Michelangelo and others.
  • Get off the tourist track and explore historic, art-filled Roman churches
  • A guide for insights into the city’s top churches and their highlights
  • Visit up to seven basilicas, churches, and chapels in just a few hours
  • A private tour for time to ask your guide questions and set your own pace

What's Included

  • Tour Guide

    Meeting and Pickup

    Meeting point

    • Statua di San Giovanni Paolo II
      Piazza dei Cinquecento, 62, 00185 Roma RM, Italy

      Statue of Saint John Paul II

    Start time

    09:00 AM

    End point

    • Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano di S. Giovanni in Laterano, 4, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

      Close to the metro station "Linea A - San Giovanni"

    What To Expect

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • To enter the Churches, shoulders, back and knees have to be covered.
    • This is a walking tour
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 5 travelers

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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    67 reviews
    Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
    Reviews by Viator travelers.
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    Great Catholic history tour!!
    John_W, May 2024
    This was a fantastic tour. Roberto was extremely knowledgeable about all of the Catholic churches that we visited. It was an in-depth tour that highlighted many areas of the churches that we would never have seen if we were visiting by ourselves. I highly recommend this tour for any Catholic that wants to learn more about their Catholic faith and its origins. We have been traveling in Europe for many years and have been looking for a tour that was different from all of the others we have taken. This was it!!
    Response from Host, May 2024
    Thank you, glad you liked the tour!
    Favorite Rome guided tour
    Theresa_H, May 2024
    Between Holy Doors Guided tour was our favorite tour in Rome. Roberto’s knowledge and tour planning of each Basilica we visited was amazing. He brought to life what we saw and provided many memories of each. We recommended this tour to everyone we met in Rome. We will definitely be joining another tour when we return to Rome.
    Response from Host, May 2024
    Thank you for the great review!
    Stunning, informative, no crowds
    Theo_B, Apr 2024
    The variety of locations and the passionate guide richley conveyed the inexhaustible history of the church in Rome.
    Response from Host, Apr 2024
    Thank you for the review!
    A Hidden Gem
    John_G, Apr 2024
    Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and personable. He was reverent to the places we visited and courteous and willing to answer our questions in detail. We strongly recommend this tour for anyone who wants to see sacred parts of Rome besides the usual famous places.
    Response from Host, Apr 2024
    Thank you for the great review!
    This was a wonderful,...
    Maxine_L, Mar 2024
    This was a wonderful, in-depth tour. I'd recommend it to anyone who is interested in religious history. Bring good shoes!
    Response from Host, Mar 2024
    Thank you for the review!
    Jolene_V, Mar 2024
    Roberto was an excellent guide!!! Insightfull with a deep knowledge of Christian/Catholic history. Well recommended!
    Response from Host, Mar 2024
    Thanks for the review!
    Amazing experience,Would highly recommend
    Josh_W, Feb 2024
    This was an excellent tour. Very in-depth and a great way to learn about several historic churches and their importance to Christianity and to Rome. Roberto is very knowledgeable, a great presenter, and helps you to understand the history of some of the greatest cathedrals in Rome. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone with an interest in Christian history. There is a lot of walking on the tour; however, it is well worth it to see the beauty of these churches
    Response from Host, Feb 2024
    Thank you for the great review!
    The scenery was...
    Sunil_M, Feb 2024
    The scenery was beautiful. It was an unique experience to walk in such a quite and peaceful environment.
    Response from Host, Feb 2024
    Thank you for the review!
    Very passionate and interesting guide!
    Jennifer_T, Dec 2023
    Roberto is a very knowledgeable guide who not only knows the relics, the paintings and the carvings, but he enriched all the stories with the colorful history behind them. This tour is very unique among the many Roman tours and includes some hidden gems that we really enjoyed. He speaks fluent English and was great at answering all our questions. Highly recommended!
    Response from Host, Dec 2023
    Thank you for the review!
    Not just seeing, but experiencing each church
    Eric_G, Nov 2023
    Learning about the history of the churches we visited. Roberto’s narrative about the churches helped us to appreciate each church, not just seeing the church but experiencing the uniqueness that we would not have done if just visiting the church on our own.
    Response from Host, Dec 2023
    Thank you for the review!
    Antonella_J, Nov 2023
    My husband and myself had a wonderful experience. Roberto was very knowledgeable and kind, and gave us a lot of interesting information. He was the main reason why we enjoyed this extraordinary tour, that was worth every penny. We highly recommend this tour.
    Response from Host, Nov 2023
    Thank you for the great review!
    See Rome’s Hidden Treasures
    Adam_T, Oct 2023
    Fantastic and immersive experience visiting many of Rome’s greatest churches. Roberto did a wonderful job not only capturing the history of the sites visited but also explaining the significance.
    Thanks!! I will do this tour again!!!
    Lizeth_L, Oct 2023
    The best tour in my life!!! Roberto was amazing, I really appreciate all the knowledge, it was very very intersting and so divine. Thank you so much.
    The best tour in Rome
    Edward_V, Oct 2023
    We traveled through Italy and took many tours, and the Between Holy Doors tour was by far the best of any tours we took. If you only have time for one tour in Rome, this is the one you should take. The guide is extremely knowledgeable about the Catholic Church in Rome, and he provides excellent insight into the history and events that took place. We learned a lot on the tour. I can't say enough about how great this tour was.
    Important churches of Rome
    Jane_A, Oct 2023
    Roberto is a fantastic guide with a passion for showing you the churches and so much more. You will gain so much knowledge from this tour. I highly recommend it!!
    Simply divine
    Angelina_R, Sep 2023
    This was an insightful, informative, beautiful, and respectful tour! Please wear something over your shoulders and below the knees. It is evident that (y)our guide has a lot of love for the sites, which is a great touch to the otherwise awesome experience.
    Don’t miss this tour when in Rome
    Susan_B, Aug 2023
    San Giovanni Lateran was most remarkable because of its history with forming the church. Our guide Roberto was very knowledgeable of Christian and political history articulating information in a pace we could process.
    Enriching historical pilgrimage tour
    Robert_T, Jul 2023
    The guide was so knowledgeable and answered all our questions. Watching the time, he was able to add items of interest which enriched the experience. It felt truly like a pilgrimage.
    Cindy_C, Jul 2023
    The absolute BEST tour in ROME! Roberto is extremely knowledgeable and takes you to churches you would never know to go to. It does involve a ton of walking… wear comfortable shoes and be ready to move!
    One of the Best Tours Around
    Michelle_R, Jun 2023
    Excellent tour. One of the best we have ever had. Roberto is amazingly knowledgeable. Be prepared to walk. We do a lot of walking and each step here is all worth it. We took way more pictures than posted. We learned so much more than if we didn't have Roberto (the walking encyclopedia). Very highly recommended and we would definitely do another tour with him!

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