Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano
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  • Vatican & Rome City Pass with Free Transportation

    1. Vatican & Rome City Pass with Free Transportation

    Make your stay in Rome an unforgettable and unique experience with the 3-day OMNIA Vatican Card and Roma Pass. It’s actually 2 passes rolled into one! Roma Pass grants you free entry to 2 out of 5 top attractions plus discounts at a further 30 top sights and a travel card. The OMNIA Vatican Card allows entry to all top sights in Vatican City plus a 3-day hop-on hop-off bus tour. You will also receive a free guidebook and map to help you plan your itinerary as well as dedicated itineraries that allow you to explore the city at your own pace.

    The OMNIA Card includes: 

    • Fast track entrance to Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel - fast track entrance needs to be booked when collecting the pass, not before.  • Entrance to the Basilica of St. John in the Lateran and cloister with multimedia audio guide  • Entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica - including a free...

    Perfect for us, very helpfull. Still, I would find very useful a meeting point at Termini Station, where are all the connections for the city. Nevertheless, I think it was a good idea to take the offers.

  • Rome: The Archbasilica of St. John in Lateran

    2. Rome: The Archbasilica of St. John in Lateran

    The Lateran complex consists of several high interest sites: the Basilica, the Cloister and the Treasure Museum, the Baptistery and the Holy Stairs, which contain the casket of the Chapel of the Sancta Sanctorum. This special ticket allows you to easily access the complex and visit all the points of interest in around 2 hours with a multilingual audio-guide system. You will begin your visit by visiting the basilica with the cloister and the Treasure Museum, before then proceeding outside the church to the baptistery which is located in the square behind. During the second half of your tour, you will visit the building of the Holy Stairs, which is located on the right of the basilica, and admire the Chapel of the Sancta Sanctorum. If you only have one hour, you can visit the basilica and its cloister first, followed by the Holy Stairs and Sancta Sanctorum.

    The Basilica is beautiful and the headsets provided great detail, however it was a bit confusing of what was included in the ticket, this was in a good way as got more than realised but had to be told re. The holy stairs etc. Very well worth doing though and it is for the 3 buildings as well as extra restricted area in the basilica. I didnt appreciate the meaning of this church before i went.

  • Rome: Lateran Complex and Holy Stairs Guided Walking Tour

    3. Rome: Lateran Complex and Holy Stairs Guided Walking Tour

    Meet your guide outside the Lateran Obelisk, then travel back in time as you explore one of the most religious sights in Rome, the Lateran Complex. Admire the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, which dates back to the 4th Century AD, and learn about its historical importance. Marvel at the church’s impressive marble statues, mosaics, and vaulted ceilings. Soak up the array of architectural styles found at the church, including Neo-Classical and Renaissance. Discover the Holy Door, and learn how it is sealed by mortar, only to be opened during Jubilee years by the pope. Outside, marvel at the Holy Stairs, which traditionally represent the ascent Jesus made in Pontius Pilate’s Palace.  Next, check out the Obelisk, which is one of the largest in the world, and listen to stories of its history. Finally, head to the Lateran Baptistery, built on the orders of Emperor Constantine in the 5th Ce...

  • Rome: Catacombs of Rome and Main Basilicas Half-Day Tour

    4. Rome: Catacombs of Rome and Main Basilicas Half-Day Tour

    Begin your tour with visits to 2 important basilicas. Discover the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, the oldest of Rome’s 4 main basilicas and home to the Holy Stairs, a pilgrimage site. Then head to the Basilica of St. Mary Major to see the amazing collection of historic and religious artefacts. Admire the mosaics and the Crypt of the Nativity. Continue along the historic Appian Way, passing the Chapel of Domine Quo Vadis. Arrive at the ancient underground Catacombs of Rome. Explore these remarkable subterranean cemeteries, some dating back to the 2nd century. See historic artwork in the catacombs, and learn about how these underground passageways give insight into the early days of Christianity.

    This Tour is very well organized from Pick-up to Drop-off. The guides were informative, helpful and friendly. Highly recommended. Just a reminder to bring clothing which you can put on to cover your shoulders and knees when visiting the Basilicas.

  • Rome: Christian Basilicas & Secret Catacombs

    5. Rome: Christian Basilicas & Secret Catacombs

    The tour will start with a visit to the splendid Basilica of St. Mary Major, one of the four papal basilicas of Rome and the most important church dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Continuing through the Via Appia Antica up to the Catacombs of San Callixto or Santa Domitilla, you will go down for a visit of about 30 minutes to learn about early Christian cemeteries and shelters. Returning downtown to the city, admire the beautiful Basilica of St. John Lateran, the "Mater et Kaput" of all the churches of Rome and the world, surrounded by a complex including the Pontifical Lateran Palace, the Palace of the Canons, the Pontifical Roman Major Seminary and the Pontifical Lateran University. Both territories are on the Italian land. Where the basilicas arise, enjoy the privileges of extraterritoriality recognized by the Holy See that holds the full and exclusive jurisdiction. Your last stop will...

  • St. John Lateran, Holy Stairs & Baptistery Private Tour

    6. St. John Lateran, Holy Stairs & Baptistery Private Tour

    The 3-hour tour begins as your guide shows you the stunning interior of St. John Lateran. Admire the sculptures and the central nave, with its ornate 16th-century ceiling by Borromini, commissioned by Pope Innocent X for the Jubilee in 1650. From inside the Basilica, you’ll enter the Lateran Chiostro, and see the lovely marble columns lining the 36-meter corridor dating to the 13th century. Cross the street to enter the small yet unique Lateran Baptistery, more properly called San Giovanni in Fonte. It was built in the 4th century by Constantine, along with the basilica of Saint John Lateran, on top of a 2nd-century villa. You’ll see that the interior follows an octagonal plan. In the middle, there are 8 porphyry columns supporting an octagonal lintel over which there is another order of smaller white marble columns. Admire modern copies of Andrea Sacchi’s works depicting the life of...

    Max was our guide and we were fortunate to be the only two on the tour. It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon; we saw and learned so much. Max had such extensive knowledge I wish I had been able to record him so that I could listen again and remember more. I strongly recommend this tour.

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Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 36 reviews

you have to bring a lot of time to see all the sights of the Archbasilica of San Giovanni in Laterano. The basilica with the treasury and the monastery are located in one building complex. The Holy Stairs and Scala Santa Sanctorum across the street. Nearby is the Lateran Baptistery and is probably the oldest baptistery in the world.

Perfect for us, very helpfull. Still, I would find very useful a meeting point at Termini Station, where are all the connections for the city. Nevertheless, I think it was a good idea to take the offers.

Very convenient for getting around and visiting Rome. Nevertheless, with the sanitary restrictions, the Vatican skip-the-line ticket did not serve us. Looking forward, Joffrey

Very good if you have more than three days there otherwise besides the Vatican tickets the taxi is an easy and inexpensive way

Beautiful church. Get the audio guide for the true experience.