The Pilgrim Churches of Rome

This is a modified version of a 500 year old pilgrimage connecting some of Rome’s most important churches. Traditionally a full day walking pilgrimage, I’ve condensed this to a half day with access to a private car – because your soul is important, and so is your time.

As most people visit Saint Peter’s Basilica as part of a Vatican Museums tour, or for Mass, we skip it to bring you to some lesser visited churches.

Our private car will take us to visit the tomb of Saint Paul. Next we’ll see the footprints Christ left when He appeared to Peter as he was fleeing Rome and the tomb of Saint Sebastian.

We’ll stop by the Cathedral of Rome and then pray before the relics of the Passion. Next we’ll pay a visit to several early martyrs of the Church, Saints Lawrence, Stephen, and Justin.

We’ll end our pilgrimage in front of Salus Populi Romani, the Protectress of Rome.

We will also visit a few churches that were not part of the ancient itinerary, Scala Santa and Santa Prassede.

This is my most popular day tour.

Churches we’ll visit

  • Saint Paul Outside the Walls
  • San Sebastian
  • Saint John Lateran
  • Scala Santa
  • Santa Croce in Gerusalemme
  • Saint Lawrence Outside the Walls
  • Saint Mary Major

* It’s extremely rare, but occasionally a church may have a private Mass, funeral, or wedding that prevents us from visiting. If this happens, we’ll do all we can to work around it, switch the order of churches, or substitute another church.

Some of the things we’ll see

  • Tomb of Saint Paul
  • Footprints of Christ
  • Tomb of Saint Sebastian
  • Table used at the Last Supper
  • Part of the True Cross
  • A nail from the Crucifixion
  • Two thorns from the Crown of Thorns
  • Tomb of Saints Lawrence, Stephen, and Justin
  • Christ’s Holy Crib

More info about this tour

  • The total cost is just €600 – that’s total, not per person, and includes our private van and driver.
  • If your group is 6 people or more, we need a bigger vehicle, and the total cost goes up to €850.
  • This tour lasts approximately 5 hours, beginning at 8 AM
  • Shoulders need to be covered for the churches. Super short shorts are not allowed in the churches.

Customize this tour

While many people want to stick to this itinerary, I often have families wanting to substitute churches. This is your tour and we can make any changes you want.


Is this tour suitable for kids?
I get lots and lots of kids, from newborns to teens. It’s always great!

I have kids the same age as your daughters, can they join us?
They are requested a lot! As long as they are not busy, they can absolutely join us.

I’m not Catholic, will I still enjoy the tour?
Yep! I have non-Catholics and even non-Christians on my tours all the time. Some have taken multiple tours with me. A few have even converted, but that’s not a requirement. 🙂

My friend/spouse/kid/parent is not Catholic, will they be bored?
Goodness, I hope not.

Can we visit this saint/that church/etc that’s not on the tour?
Probably. Just ask.

I’ll be hungry after, what do you recommend?
After the tour we often end up at Abruzzi or Polese, my two favorite restaurants. I can make other suggestions depending on your plans.

Do you cancel if it rains?
No, that would be silly.

Request this tour

Please fill out this tour request form. I’ll get back to you with my availability.

All my day tours are private. You get my full attention, we go at your pace, and you can even customize the itinerary.
  • This tour is not possible on Sundays and most Wednesdays.
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