Trip Planner:   Europe  /  Italy  /  Lazio  /  Rome  /  Historic Sites  /  Basilica Papale San Paolo Fuori le Mura
Basilica Papale San Paolo Fuori le Mura, Rome
(4.8/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web)
Basilica Papale San Paolo Fuori le Mura represents the second largest church in Rome and houses St. Paul's tomb below its crypt. As one of Rome's four ancient basilicas, this church was founded by Roman Emperor Constantine I in the 4th century--later emperors and popes continued to add to the building's structure. Today, visitors tour the building to see its Classical facade, colossal columns, the ancient and original apse and triumphal arch, and the Holy Door, a feature found in each of the four major basilicas. Be sure to check out the past popes' portraits hanging on the walls. Make Basilica Papale San Paolo Fuori le Mura part of your personalized Rome itinerary using our Rome itinerary builder.
Create a full Rome itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Rome

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Rome by other users

24 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 11 days in Europe BY A USER FROM JORDAN February, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: February, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in Europe BY A USER FROM BANGLADESH February, culture, beaches, museums, popular PREFERENCES: February, culture, beaches, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Europe BY A USER FROM BANGLADESH February, culture, beaches, museums, popular PREFERENCES: February, culture, beaches, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in Europe BY A USER FROM PAKISTAN April, culture, romantic, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Italy & Berlin BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in Europe BY A USER FROM INDIA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 30 days in Europe BY A USER FROM INDIA February, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 31 days in Europe BY A USER FROM GERMANY August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 15 days in New York City & Italy BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 5 days in Rome BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 6 days in Rome BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Visit not to be missed, the architecture is pretty impressive and majestic ornaments. In the souvenir shop selling Grappa from the Vatican.
    View original
  • We decided to visit the four Papale Basilicas of Rome so this was a must on the day we also saw the Chiesa in Trastevere and did not disappoint. 
  • The Papal Basilica of St Paul outside the walls is impressive and beautiful both outside and inside and is located on the Via Ostiense. Is the largest after St. Peter's Basilica. It is named after St Paul was buried here after his martyrdom took place at a place called Acque salvie (monumental complex of the three fountains) on the Via Laurentina just few km. Special effect is the façade, all with mosaic, in fact when the Sun shows itself in all its glory. Beautiful nave with majestic columns. High above the columns all around the perimeter of the Basilica there are the tiles in mosaic where are represented all the Popes since the origins of Christianity to the current Pope. In this Jubilee period you can pass through the Holy door and carry out any actions to gain a plenary indulgence. Who comes to Rome as a tourist often thinks the Papal Basilica of St Paul outside the walls, as it's a bit out of the way, both secondary as beauty to other papal basilicas but not so! Among other things there is the Metro B from Termini station door at San Paulo in a few stops.
    View original
Google
  • Stunning Basilica with Christian and Roman artifacts. There is also a medieval archeological excavation site that was unearthed.
  • An amazing, beautiful basilica that is almost as impressive as San Pietro, but because of location is not nearly as busy. The quietness of this basilica is what makes it special. It is emptier than most basilicas which makes one realise how big it truly is. Something off the beaten path which every is worth seeing!
  • A somewhat "secret" gem in the outskirts of Rome. Just as beautiful as St. Peter's Basilica but without the massive crowds since it's not in the center of town. Only a few bus stops always but provides a much more serene atmosphere.
  • Just outside the Roma wall some say this was the first Vatican if you look up you can see on the side inside all the previous popes and the remaining spaces for the next popes truly a beautiful place
  • Don't miss it! Much quieter than the other major Basilicas.