Explore some of the religious history of Rome through churches dedicated to Mary and the Saints, including relics, apparitions, and shrines, on this 3-hour tour. Visit the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri before continuing to the Church of Santa Maria della Victoria holding the then-controversial and powerful Baroque statue of the Ecstasy of Teresa by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Enter the Church of Saint Susanna at the Baths of Diocletian built over the site of a house church dating back to the 3rd century AD. See San Andrea della Frate – a Marian apparition site linked with Bernini and St. Maximilian Kolbe. Continue on to the 8th century Church of San Silvestro in Capite which hold fragments of the head of John the Baptist. Finally, the Church of the Twelve Holy Apostles tells its stories through relics of the apostles.
Meet your guide at the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri located near Termini train station. The church is built into the Roman ruins of the baths of Diocletian. There you will see not only the architectural talents but the faith of the third order Franciscan artist Michelangelo Buonarroti.
Make your way to Church of Santa Maria della Victoria holding the then-controversial and powerful Baroque statue of the Ecstasy of Teresa by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Only steps away, enter the Church of Saint Susanna at the Baths of Diocletian built over the site of a house church dating back to the 3rd century AD.
Next, head to the Church of San Andrea della Frate near the house of Bernini. It holds two original angelic statues once set on the Angels Bridge of Rome. From there, visit the Church of San Lorenzo in Lucina named for the 4rd century deacon and Martyr.
Continue on to The Church of San Silvestro in Capite originally built in the 8th century to house relics brought from the catacombs among which still held in the church are the fragments of the head of John the Baptist.
The last stop on the tour is the Church of the Twelve Holy Apostles built to celebrate a defeat of the Ostrogoths in the Byzantine attempt of Justinian to recapture the west. It was originally dedicated to the Apostles James the younger and Philip, whose relics were brought from the catacombs to the church in the 9th century.
Rome is a city blessed with over 900 hundred churches and each is a treasure of art and architecture unto themselves. This tour explores theology and history behind honoring Mary and the Saints and learn how the art and architecture expressed such piety.