Chiostro Lateranense

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Rome: The Archbasilica of St. John in Lateran

1. 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.

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 Century.  

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What people are saying about Chiostro Lateranense

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 46 reviews

Your tour guide was the most knowledgeable a fantastic I have ever met, what a beautiful person and WOW what knowledge. She went above and beyond in all matters of the tour. You should be very happy and proud that you have such a person working for you. Noel & Marife

A remarkably friendly and humorous guide, which does not spoil anything about the visit itself, an absolute marvel

The Lateran is highly recommended. The scala Santa and the sancta santorum is a must-see when visiting Rome.

Easy to reach, very nice to visit ... the internal cloister is a gem. Recommended.

an absolute must see - the history here is incredible!