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Tickets for The Archbasilica of St. John Lateran

View the Sacred Stairs that Jesus walked upon

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Audio guide
Italian, English, French, German, Spanish. You need to show and leave your ID card as warranty of audio guide.

Highlights

  • The building was restored in the 1700s and is stunningly decorated in various styles. There are massive mosaics depicting biblical scene, larger-than-life marble statues, a gothic altar and Renaissance artwork
  • The Holy Door is opened by the Pope every 25 years, so you’ll probably have to enter through the central bronze door which once stood in the Senate hall in the Roman Forum
  • The basilica is home to relics from various ages – from the Renaissance through to Ancient Rome and even all the way back to Egyptian pharaohs

Description

The aura and architecture of St. John Lateran will both amaze and compel. It’s the oldest basilica in Christendom and dates to the 300s. It was lovingly and grandly restored in the 1700s and has the honor of being the Pope’s cathedral. This combination of religious significance and visual beauty makes it a favorite of visitors to Rome.

You’ll know you’re entering one of the world’s great basilicas by the exterior. Larger -than-life marble statues of Jesus and various saints stand imperiously on the roof of the imposing neo-Classical facade. The Holy Door on the far right is only opened once every 25 years by the Pope, while the massive bronze door in the center originally belonged to the Senate in the Roman Forum. But it's not just the doors that're impressive.

Step inside and you'll be struck by the scope, grandeur and beauty of the building. The nave welcomes you in beneath vaulted ceilings, as sunlight streams in through high windows. Flanked by a double aisle and impressive marble statues that accentuate the rectangular lines, the design seems to compel you towards the domed apse.

The décor is intricate, beautiful and varied. Be sure to look upwards – the gold-leaf coffered ceiling bears the coats of arms of Popes Pius IV and Pius V.

The building in its present form dates largely to the 1700s but there are relics and remnants from earlier ages: A beautiful gothic altar from the 1300s, two gilded bronze columns from the second century and - incredibly - the Sacred Steps. These are stairs that Jesus actually climbed during the Passion and were transported to Rome many centuries ago.

It’s a storied and striking place, one that has enormous appeal for both believer and non-believer.

How to use your tickets

Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano
Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano, 4, Rome

When entering the Basilica, you'll walk directly into the Lateran corridor. At the end of this corridor, on your left-hand side, you'll find the ORP desk (Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi). Show your smartphone ticket there.

What's included?

  • Audio guide in multiple languages
  • Entry to the Cloister and the Sancta Sanctorum (excluding Sundays)

Good to know

Opening Hours:

  • Basilica St. John Lateran: 09:00 - 19:00

  • Lateran Baptistery: 09:00 - 12:30 and 16:00 - 19:00

  • Scala Sancta: Mon - Fri: 06:30 - 18:30 and Sat - Sun : 07:00 - 18:30

  • Sancta Sanctorum: 09:00 - 12:30 (last admission 12:00) and 15:00 - 17:00 (last admission 16:30)

  • Lateran Cloister: 09:00 - 18:00 (last admission 17:30)

  • During Vatican Holidays: 09:00 - 18:00

Getting There:

Metro: Line A, get off at S. Giovanni station (5-minute walk from the station)

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What do these tickets include?
In general, every ticket includes a single entrance to the venue in combination with other services depending on the product you choose. Please check the section Whats included on this page to know more about what your tickets include.
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Do I have to print these tickets?
Most venues allow you to enter by simply showing your tickets on your smartphone. Very few require printed tickets. See the section titled 'Using these tickets'.

Customer reviews

Rebecca
Jun 20, 2016
The guided audio tour made this trip even more special. I would highly recommend Tiqets for their information and organisation. The email correspondence was superb.
bianca
Jun 22, 2016
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