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Tickets for The Archbasilica of St. John Lateran

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Overview
Opening hours
Basilica St. John Lateran
Today:  07:00 - 18:30
Tomorrow:  07:00 - 18:30
Thursday:  07:00 - 18:30
Friday:  07:00 - 18:30
Saturday:  07:00 - 18:30
Sunday:  Closed
Monday:  07:00 - 18:30
Sancta Sanctorum
Today:  09:00 - 17:10
Tomorrow:  09:00 - 17:10
Thursday:  09:00 - 17:10
Friday:  09:00 - 17:10
Saturday:  09:00 - 17:10
Sunday:  Closed
Monday:  09:00 - 17:10
Lateran Cloister
Today:  09:00 - 18:00
Tomorrow:  09:00 - 18:00
Thursday:  09:00 - 18:00
Friday:  09:00 - 18:00
Saturday:  09:00 - 18:00
Sunday:  Closed
Monday:  09:00 - 18:00
Lateran Baptistery
Today:  09:00 - 19:00
Tomorrow:  09:00 - 19:00
Thursday:  09:00 - 19:00
Friday:  09:00 - 19:00
Saturday:  09:00 - 19:00
Sunday:  Closed
Monday:  09:00 - 19:00
Scala Sancta
Today:  06:30 - 18:30
Tomorrow:  06:30 - 18:30
Thursday:  06:30 - 18:30
Friday:  06:30 - 18:30
Saturday:  07:00 - 18:30
Sunday:  Closed
Monday:  06:30 - 18:30
Duration
About 90 minutes
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 are 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.

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Ticket features
Instant ticket delivery
Smartphone tickets accepted
What's included
  • Audio guide in multiple languages
  • Access to the Cloister and the Sancta Sanctorum
  • Access to the Baptistery and to the Scala Sancta
Instructions

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.

Cancellation

Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.

Venue
Address
Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano
4,Piazza di S. Giovanni in Laterano, 00184, Rome
Key info
Wheelchair accessible
Audio guide
Italian, English, French, German, Spanish. You need to show and leave your ID card as warranty of audio guide.
Additional info

Note

The Sancta Santorum is closed daily between 13:30 & 15:00 and on Sundays.

Getting There

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

Reviews
Aug 16, 2018
Very beautiful church in Rome
May 29, 2018
It was good
Dec 2, 2017
Once you are find out how the ticket is to be used it' fairly easy. With the various opening times you will be able to see everything in one afternoon. A plus is that you receive the use of the audio guide with the ticket in addition to the cloister and the Sancta Sanctorum. I would recommend paying the 10 Euros for the ticket to really enjoy this Basilica.
Oct 26, 2017
Fantastic experience both historically and culturally.
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.
Oct 13, 2018
Découverte de cette “mère des églises” lieu majeur de la chrétienté.
Oct 9, 2018
Espectacular
Sep 16, 2018
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Aug 21, 2018
excellent document audio pour la visite personnel charmant
Jun 27, 2018
Top geregeld zelf geen omkijken naar. Informatie gehad door zeer vriendelijk personeel.
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