Early Christian Rome
When Constantine legalised Christianity in AD 313, he began the slow transformation of Rome from an Imperial City to the seat of the Holy See. This tour explores this remarkable change by exploring the world of late antiquity, as seen in the houses underneath the Basilica di Santi Giovanni e Paolo and the little visited late antique monuments in the Roman forum, such as the Temple of Romulus and the glorious Santa Maria Antiqua, as well as its last pagan monument, the Portico of the Dii Consentes. We will also be exploring monuments, such as the Catacomb of Domitilla and the Hypogea of Vibia which show how the evolution from paganism and Christianity was gradual and complex. This tour not only explores the transformation of this city but glories in the artistic splendours of early churches, from the less well-known Santa Prassede and San Crisogono to the magnificent Papal Basilicas of Santa Maria Maggiore and San Giovanni in Laterano.
Tour dates & prices
Included in your cost:
- Expert Guide Lecturer
- Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
- All taxes & gratuities
- Meals as per the itinerary, tea or coffee with dinner