Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano
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  • Catacombs & St John in Lateran Combo Tour

    1. Catacombs & St John in Lateran Combo Tour

    Take a 20-minute ride on a public bus to reach the Catacombs, near beautiful historic Appian Way. Once there, enjoy a guided tour with an expert local guide. Hear about how the oldest nuclei of the Roman Catacombs date back to the end of the second century and how the catacombs were built underground with tunnels on various levels to solve the spacial problems. Visit St. John in Lateran Basilica and explore all its points of interest in around 2 hours with a multilingual audio guide system. Begin by visiting the Basilica with the cloister and the Treasure Museum, then proceed outside the church to the Baptistery. You can then complete your tour by visiting the building of the Holy Stairs, located on the right of the basilica, and admire the original private papal chapel of the Sancta Sanctorum. If you only have one hour, you can visit the basilica and its cloister first, followed by th...

    The bus to get to and from the catacombs aren't always on time but the tour guides are great

  • Rome: Lateran Complex and Holy Stairs Guided Walking Tour

    2. 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...

  • Holy Rome Church and Catacombs Guided Tour

    3. Holy Rome Church and Catacombs Guided Tour

    On this historic tour, marvel at intricately created art masterpieces and visit Scala Santa, one of the most important locations for those who came to Rome on a spiritual pilgrimage. Start your tour by visiting two of the world's most important Basilicas, the Basilica of Saint John Lateran and the Basilica of Saint Mary Maggiore. Saint John Lateran, the oldest Basilica in Rome, is famous for its Holy Steps, which were the first path for the pilgrims coming to Rome on a spiritual journey. The other basilica of interest, the Basilica of Saint Mary Maggiore, is the largest Catholic Marian church in Rome where you can admire the fabulous 5th-century frescoes and mosaics inside. Under the basilica's altar lies the famous Crypt of the Nativity, which is rumored to contain wood originating from the crib of Jesus Christ. This holy tour of Rome ends in the historic Appian Way, descending underg...

  • Christian Rome and Underground Basilicas 3-Hour Tour

    4. Christian Rome and Underground Basilicas 3-Hour Tour

    Enjoy a half-day walking tour of Christian Rome and discover underground treasures in some of the most sensational churches. Your guide will tell you fascinating facts along the way, leading you to the ancient Basilica of San Clemente, and the Cathedral of St. John in the Lateran Palace. Start at the Basilica of San Clemente, the only church in Rome to be built on 3 different levels. Constructed from the 1st to the 12th centuries, 2 underground floors can now be explored, including the Altar of Mithras from the 1st century. Continue to the church of the Santi Quattro Coronati, devoted to 4 anonymous saints and martyrs. In 2002, an extraordinary series of frescoes was uncovered depicting scenes from the Zodiac, Four Seasons, Liberal Arts, and King Solomon. Follow the story of the Emperor Constantine and Pope Sylvester in the Chapel of St. Sylvester, where it is said the famous Constitu...

    Very informative, complete, personalized and enjoyable! Roberto's knowledge is extensive and his passion for the topics covered was evident throughout. It was also refreshing to have a guide who simply shared the information without feeling the need to inject a "self-satisfied, modern cynicism" throughout like so many of the other guides we've had in Rome recently. I highly recommend this tour.

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

    5. 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.

  • Rome: The Passion of Jesus Private Guided Tour

    6. Rome: The Passion of Jesus Private Guided Tour

    Embark on a 3.5-hour private guided tour with a focus on the spirituality of Rome and some of the churches linked to the Passion of Jesus. Start out at the Basilica of Santa Prassede, where you’ll see a relic of the pillar of the flogging, a segment of the column upon which Jesus was flogged before his crucifixion. Mentioned in 3 of the canonical gospels, this relic was brought to Rome during the Middle Ages. Next is a visit to the amazing Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. This is the largest Marian Church in Rome and is home to a piece of wood said to come from the crib of Jesus. Move on to the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, the first of the 4 papal basilicas to be built, and the Cathedral of Rome. See the Scala Sancta, or Holy Stairs. These are the steps leading up to Pilate's headquarter in Jerusalem, on which Jesus stepped before he was sentenced to death. To gain the plenary I...

    Our guide, Niccolo was punctual and provided a very comprehensive tour. It was well planned, including coffee and restroom breaks with Metro tickets for the commute to the various sites. He was very patient with us, giving us the time we needed to fully take in the richness of each site. And giving a wealth of insightful information at every site, information that provides for deeper appreciation of the Catholic Faith and Tradition. Niccolo came across sincerely zealous for helping Catholics with the increase in the understanding of the treasures of our Faith, we could not ask for a better guide in this respect. At the end of the tour (which ended late because of our time taken at each site), he even ensured we were set on our way to our next destination.

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What people are saying about Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano

Overall rating

3.8 / 5

based on 65 reviews

The two sites are beautiful. But the actual times are not reported in the notes. Between the basilica and the catacombs there are about 30 minutes by bus or 1 hour on foot. A day earlier we received an email from the Vatican office, indicating that the visit to the catacombs was booked for 2:00 pm. Therefore, when you book it is to be taken into account, in the morning in the basilica and the afternoon at the catacombs.

Excellent guide with knowledge and humour. He did a great job even though he was "thrown into" the job as the English guide was unavailable.

Very nice place. Guide in French that adapts to the public and explains with passion the history of the catacombs

The bus to get to and from the catacombs aren't always on time but the tour guides are great

It is a great experience to see what the tomb was like in the past.