Rome is definitely a unique city in many ways. One of its peculiarities is that it is the cradle of the Christian religion due to its transformation to the city that has prospered and grown. The Popes who have contributed to change the architectural drawing of the leading artists of the past and making a living and tangible presence of Catholicism in every city street ruled the city for centuries.
We will accompany you in these ways, in the guided tour of the main basilicas and churches, deepening through the transformation of the apostles, the saints and martyrs of Christianity: a path more than ever present and felt especially in the Jubilee Year of Mercy (08.12.2015- 20.11.2016).
During our visit we'll discover Rome from a special perspective and we will revive small and great stories that have made the city the great center of Christianity.
We will start from the first papal seat, the church called the Cathedral Church of Rome - Saint John Lateran, the first church in the West founded in the fourth century AD by the same emperor Constantine. We'll discover the history of this important place by visiting the Basilica, the wonderful Baptistery (built on the ruins of the Imperial Villa of Constantine), the medieval cloister of unique beauty and the Holy of Holies with the holy stairs identified as that taken by Jesus in Jerusalem during the process and for this reason crossed on his knees by the faithful as a sign of atonement.
The next stop will be the two medieval churches of Santa Pudenziana (with the apse mosaic Rome's oldest, dating back to 390 AD) and the Church of St. Praxedes with the chapel of San Zenone that the ninth century AD, the year of its construction, yet today shines the wonderful gold of its mosaics.
The next Basilica where which we will take will be to St. Mary Major - the most important place of worship in the city Mariano and built soon after the Council of Ephesus in 431 AD thanks to the generous donations of a wealthy Roman patrician who, according to legend, the Virgin Mary appeared in a dream. We will admire the mosaic floors of the master’s cosmateschi, the tomb of Bernini, the Sforza Chapel (the last work of Michelangelo) and the highest bell tower in Rome 75 meters tall!!!
Another splendid Basilica we will be visiting will be to St. Peter in Chains built in the fifth century AD over the ruins of Nero's Golden House. Defined "in bonds" because here are kept the chains on her wrists brought from St. Peter's in Rome and Jerusalem before then and then miraculously, which merged, together in a single chain. Still inside the Basilica we will admire and understand what Michelangelo himself defined as "the work of his life tragedy": The Moses.