The Vatican is, for all the faithful of the world, one of the most important points of reference, but in Rome there are many churches that testify to the passage and the importance of Christianity. Rome, in fact, owns four of the nine papal basilicas in Italy and we want to present them to understand the differences and importance.
The first is the Basilica of St. Peter protagonist of many vatican tours and certainly the most important for the greatness and beauty, as it contains a very important part of Christian Italian.
Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, Basilica of Saint Mary Major and the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls.
The papal basilicas are different from others because they are usually opened with a special ceremony held by the Pope and the pilgrimage of religious who wanted to gain the indulgence. These churches have a special holy door and a papal altar where the Pope and a few other priests can officiate the ceremony of the Eucharist.
The papal basilicas outside Rome, on the other hand, are located in Assisi and the Basilica of St. Francis and the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, which together with the Roman ones, are the most beautiful treasures of sacred art.
To give your stay in Rome a particular cut you can begin your tour just these four Basilicas and then discover all the other secrets of the city.