Passion of Christ Tour

Follow in the footsteps of Christ and His Cross visiting the relics of His Salvific Passion.

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    Apse of St Mary Major

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    Holy Steps / Santa Scala

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    Relics of the Crib of Bethlehem

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Passion of Christ in Rome Tour Description

When the Roman Empire embraced the faith it once persecuted, it exploded into a frenzy of observance for the history and truth of the Christian faith manifest in the literary, the artistic and the relics of the early Christian church. Many of these were then brought to the then capital of the world - Rome.

On this tour expect to have an intimate encounter with the Relics of the Passion of Jesus Christ - physical objects which fostered the love of He who is true man true God and did live suffer and die for the sake of all men.

We begin our tour with a visit to one of the oldest Churches dedicated to Theotokos (Mother of God) in Rome - the Basilica of St Mary Major - containing, beneath its center altar, wood from the manger in which our Lord Jesus Christ once lay. The church adorned by every epoque of Italian art history even holds the body of the devout baroque artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

We then walk over to the Basilica of Santa Prassede built in the 8th century it holds some of the finest examples of medieval Christian art and holds a fragment of the pillar upon which Christ was flogged.

Only a few yards away we then enter the church of San Alfonso Ligouri to see the beautiful 15th century Byzantine icon “Our Lady of Perpetual Help / Succour” also known as the Virgin of the Passion or Theotokos of the Passion.

After we visit the Church of the Holy Stairs / Steps (Santa Scala) brought from Jerusalem by St Helena (mother of Roman Emperor Constantine) and so named because they are the steps which led to the praetorium of the then Roman procurator - Pontius Pilot. Since our Lord Jesus did descend those very steps in condemnation, all pilgrims ascend them on their knees.

From there we visit the Cathedral of Rome, the Basilica of Saint John Lateran (San Giovanni Laterano) and finally enter a Church built by the mother of Constantine - St Helena. The church built over spread earth brought with relics from Jerusalem was her personal chapel holding to this day relics of the Passion of Christ including those of the Holy Sepulcher, the Cave of Bethlehem, a Nail of The Crucifixion, a Thorn of The Crown and a small walnut board reading Jesus the Nazarene king of the Jews.


Highlights of this tour include:

  • Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore (St Mary Major)
  • Santa Presede & Pillar of Christ's Scourging
  • Sant' Alfonso Liguri Titulare Church
  • Holy Steps
  • Papal Basilica of San Giovanni
  • Basilica of Santa Croce (Holy Cross)

Start Times

Mon Wed Sat at 3:30pm


3 hours


Meeting Point

At the fountain in front of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore

What Other People Are Saying (9 Reviews)

"Thank you!!"
June 20, 2017
5 5 out of 5
Blitch (Passion of Christ Tour) and Mark Anthony (Vatican Tour) were wonderful. Couldn't even remotely compare to the experience we would have had one our own. Thank you!!
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"Must Join Tour Operator!"
May 29, 2017
5 5 out of 5
We spent a week in Rome with 3 different tour operators/companies and must say that Eternal City Tours is THE BEST. We wanted to join The Passion of Christ tour but there was no tour available on the date we wanted to do it on Viator so we contacted Eternal City directly and they had arranged a private tour for us on our selected date for the same price. We also joined The St. Peter and St. Paul walking tour which not many tour operators offer. Our guides Blitch and Paul were both very nice, knowledgeable and explained clearly. Those two tours are really worth doing as Eternal City would bring you to the non-typical sites. As a non-Catholic/Christian, we have found both tours very interesting on both historical and architectural perspectives and would be more so if people go to Rome for pilgrimage. Highly recommend Eternal City Tours to anyone
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"Passion of Christ Tour"
May 12, 2017
5 5 out of 5
Excellent tour! If you are interested in seeing the relics of Christ and others, then this tour is a must. Our guide Paul was informative and answered all of our questions. My husband and I will be recommending his tour to our family members the next time they come to visit Rome.
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"Amazing Passion of Christ Tour"
February 21, 2017
5 5 out of 5
Our guide Blitch is amazing! Since i travel with two elderlies, my dad being 83 and my mom, 71, he was mindful of the walking, the distance and even the going up and down the stairs. He is kind and genuine. What I love about him is his care for my parents and that he was very keen on our needs. He had tissues ready when i was crying, i hand ready for my dad and even went up the stairs of Santa Scala, on his knees to be with my dad. He is very knowledgable about the places we visited and beyond that, it was his passion and enthusiasm that would infect you right away. His faith and spirituality , his kind heart, emanates as he serves others. He even got me a very sweet gift just because i asked about St. Matthew and he remembered that tiny detail, giving me a card of St. Matthew. I will definitely recommend Eternal City Tours, most especially Blitch! He even took photos of us while we were caught up in the church visits. This is worth it!
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"Super guide"
November 16, 2016
5 5 out of 5
Great Tour. Easy to organise. Super guide.
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"Great Tour"
November 15, 2016
5 5 out of 5
Great Tour. The guide had an excellent knowledge of the Basilicas and histories of each. Highly recommended.
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"Excellent Tour, Excellent Guide."
August 17, 2016
5 5 out of 5
Excellent tour, excellent guide, He took us to churches and to see relics off the beaten path. Paul was our guide. Highly recommended if you like churches and relics of Christ.
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"The Best Rome Tours"
July 18, 2016
5 5 out of 5
Great tour, made our vacation memorable, highly recommended! We've been to Rome before with other tours, but this was our best tour ever. They knew every detail, adapted the tour to our interests. Both tours guides were experts in historical and religious background - which made for great tours. They kept us out of crowds where possible and quickly adapted the tour to our interests. Overall outstanding group. Our family of 5 booked the Passion of Christ tour. Blitch was enthusiatic and a great tour guide, he took us to amazing arfifacts that I could hardly believe existed in these other sites. Overall a highly enjoyable and amazing historical and religious tour. The whole family was intrigued and Blitch was a great tour guide for the adults and our teens. We also did the Papal audience tour and this is where the preparations of Eternal City shined. They contacted us several months ahead when the Pope's schedule changed, savings us from dissapointment during our visit. As we really wanted to see a Papal address, they adapted the tour for our family to a in depth highlight of St. Peter's followed by an explanation and viewing of the Papal angelicus. We immensely enjoyed Paul as a tour guide. He had amazing knowledge of all things around the Vatican and we loved the tour. He did a great job of showing and describing St. Peter's giving us appreciation of the art and history in a way we never appreciated in previous tours. Overall great, highly knowledgable and adaptable tour company. Definitely the best experience in our trips to Rome - present and past.
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"Highly Engaging, Thorough & Knowledgable!"
June 23, 2016
5 5 out of 5
Our tour guide, James, for The Passion Of The Christ Tour was highly engaging, thorough and knowledgeable. He far exceeded our expectations; best tour we had on our 3 week trip to Italy and in all our years of travel. Highly recommend James and Eternal City Tours.
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