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Basilica of St. John Lateran (Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano)
The Basilica of St. John Lateran (Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano) is the most important of the four major papal basilicas in Rome and is seat of the bishop of Rome: the Pope. One of the most important Catholic churches in the world, the archbasilica is decorated with rich mosaics, Cosmatesque floors, and 12 baroque statues of the apostles.
 
The Basics
The Cathedral of the Most Holy Savior and of Sts. John the Baptist and John the Evangelist in the Lateran is the cathedral of Rome. More commonly known as the Basilica of St. John Lateran, it is named for its location at the Lateran Palace. Constantine, the first Christian emperor, donated the property to the church. It became the main papal residence and the venue for consecration of popes for centuries. Today, visitors can see the six papal tombs and larger-than-life-size statues of the Twelve Apostles.
 
St. John Lateran is best visited with a guide as part of a Christian Rome tour to be able to fully appreciate its historical and religious importance. Many small-group tours also include visits of the Vatican City’s Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Wear comfortable shoes, a hat, and sunscreen if joining a walking tour of Rome, as there is a lot of ground to cover.
  • Catholic churches have a strict dress code that requires knees and shoulders to be covered.
  • Photography without flash is permitted inside the church.
  • The basilica is fully accessible to wheelchairs or strollers via ramps inside and outside.
 
How to Get There
The Basilica of St. John Lateran is located at the southern edge of the city center, about a 5-minute walk from the San Giovanni Metro Station on Line A.
 
When to Get There
Italy's capital city is one of the most visited destinations in Europe, and its holy sites, such as Saint John Lateran, are especially crowded during the Catholic holidays and Jubilee years. Try to schedule your tour outside of these popular times to visit.
 
The Holy Stairs
St. John Lateran is also the site of the Holy Stairs (Scala Sancta)—said to have been climbed by Jesus Christ to reach the praetorium of Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem and brought to Rome in the fourth century. Today, they lead to the Sancta Sanctorum, a chapel that contains some of the holiest relics in Christian history, though pilgrims today climb a nearby replica, as the original stairs are closed to visitors.
Address: Piazza di San Giovanni in Laterano, Rome, Italy
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Papal Basilicas: St. John Lateran, Saint Mary Major, St. Paul outside the walls

Papal Basilicas: St. John Lateran, Saint Mary Major, St. Paul outside the walls

On this tour you will explore three of the most important Basilicas in the world, after St. Peter's: St. John Lateran, St.Mary Major and St. Paul Outside the Walls. Built in the 4th century by the emperor Constantine, the Basilica of St. John Lateran is the oldest church in the western world. A former seat of the papacy, and the current seat of the Archdiocese of Rome, St. John Latera is Rome's Cathedral. Its many treasures include the original doors of the Roman Curia or senate house. Nearby are the Scala Sancta ( Holy Stairs ) believed to be the very steps on which Chist stood trial before Pontius Pilate. St. Mary Major is one the oldest churches dedicated to Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and is known for its mosaics featuring scenes from the life of Mary. It also houses the relic of Christ's manger. Last but not least, the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls is the second largest Basilica after St. Peter's Basilica. It was founded on the burial ground of St. Paul.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Private Rome Walking Tour Basilica San Giovanni, Baptistery and Scala Santa

Private Rome Walking Tour Basilica San Giovanni, Baptistery and Scala Santa

Take our guided tour of some of the most beautiful places in Rome from a historical, religious and artistic point of view. Following our walking tour you will discover many curiosities out of the usual known explanations.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Christian Rome Four Major Basilicas Lunch Included Fullday from Rome

Christian Rome Four Major Basilicas Lunch Included Fullday from Rome

We are immensely pleased to lead to you to visit the most significant sites of the Catholic Church in Rome. Included one Papal Blessing on Parchment in English. • Saint John Lateran • The Holy Stairs • Saint Mary Major • Saint Paul Outside the Walls • St. Peter’s Basilica (if and when open) • One Christian Catacomb (Skip-The-Line tickets included) Lunch included in a typical Roman Restaurant. Upgradable with Official Licensed Expert Tour Guide (in Private option) Pickup and dropoff will be at your accommodation in Rome. Private or Shared Tour available options. Worry-Free and Safe Private Tour Experience, operated only with: • Expert Professional English-Speaking Drivers • Selected local Expert Licensed Tour Guides (when booked) • Welcoming by private licensed fully-insured air-conditioned comfortable Vehicles
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  • 8 hours
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$463.95
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E-Bike tour of the Via Appia Antica between history and nature

E-Bike tour of the Via Appia Antica between history and nature

Often they tell us that the best way to understand the present is to know the past. With us in the past you go by bike! We will travel together the oldest and most famous road built by the ancient Romans, the Via Appia Antica! This wonderful road and the ancient ruins that surround it was born at the end of the 4th century BC. and it was fundamental for the development of the Roman Empire and of Italy as we know it. Together we will cross breathtaking parks and suggestive ruins, moving further and further away from the chaotic center of Rome and arriving in places where nature reclaims its spaces.
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  • 4 hours
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Private 3 hour Tour of Christian Rome incl. the Catacombs with a Christian Guide

Private 3 hour Tour of Christian Rome incl. the Catacombs with a Christian Guide

The visit to the most important Christian sites of Rome beyond the Vatican City including early Christian catacombs on the Appian Way, sites related to St. Peter and St. Paul in Rome and the times of Constantine, the first Christian emperor of Rome
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  • 3 hours
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Walking tour for Christian Rome

Walking tour for Christian Rome

In about three hours the Guide will show you the characteristics and will tell you the history of some of the most significant places of worship in the city. You will see the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, that of Santa Prassede, the church of Perpetuo Soccorso, the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano, the Holy Stairs, the Lateran Baptistery and the Basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, with precious relics brought to Rome by Santa Elena. An important stage that can be of faith or simply of historical-cultural enrichment.
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  • 3 hours
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The Sacred Rome

The Sacred Rome

As the official seat of the Catholic Church for over 2,000 years, Rome is home to stunning churches featuring with a unique blend of art, faith and history. This tour will show you some of Rome’s most important sacred sites, including the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore at the top of the Esquiline Hill, that is considered to be Rome’s largest church dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and the Basilica of St. John Lateran, which was the place where all popes used to be enthroned up until 1870. A tour of sacred Rome wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the 2nd-century Catacombs of San Callisto. Located along the Appian Way, one of the original seven roads leading into Rome, this was the burial site of thousands of Christians, martyrs and even popes, which earned them the nickname of “Little Vatican”.
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  • 8 hours
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$649.53
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Christian Rome Four Major Basilicas Lunch Included Fullday from Rome

Christian Rome Four Major Basilicas Lunch Included Fullday from Rome

We are immensely pleased to lead to you to visit the most significant sites of the Catholic Church in Rome. Included one Papal Blessing on Parchment in English. • Saint John Lateran • The Holy Stairs • Saint Mary Major • Saint Paul Outside the Walls • St. Peter's Basilica (if and when open) • One Christian Catacomb (Skip-The-Line tickets included) Lunch included in a typical Roman Restaurant. Upgradable with Official Licensed Expert Tour Guide (in Private option) Pickup and dropoff will be at your accommodation in Rome. Private or Shared Tour available options. Worry-Free and Safe Private Tour Experience, operated only with: • Expert Professional English-Speaking Drivers • Selected local Expert Licensed Tour Guides (when booked) • Welcoming by private licensed fully-insured air-conditioned comfortable Vehicles
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  • 8 hours
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Private Tour with guide & Luxury Car: Holy Churches of Rome

Private Tour with guide & Luxury Car: Holy Churches of Rome

On our Holy Church of Rome tour, your personal chauffeur & expert theologian will escort you in a premium luxury vehicle to 3 out of the 4 Papal Basilicas, as well as the Basilica of Santa Croce. These four churches are on the “must see” list if you’re visiting Rome! The Basilica of Mary Major, also known as Our Lady of Snows, is home to the crib of the baby Jesus, is the largest Church to Mary in Rome. Afterwards you will get to see St. John Lateran, the Cathedral of Rome which has the seat of the bishop of Rome, and St. Paul’s outside the Walls. In the Basilica of the Holy Cross, you will see many relics of the Passion of Christ, including pieces of the crown of thorns and the actual cross of Jesus. It is a truly holy and reverent experience with one of our top theologians to accompany you on this tour!
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  • 4 hours
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Private Tour: Holy Churches of Rome with private chauffeur

Private Tour: Holy Churches of Rome with private chauffeur

On our Holy Church of Rome tour, your personal chauffeur will escort you in a premium luxury vehicle to 3 out of the 4 Papal Basilicas, as well as the Basilica of Santa Croce. These four churches are on the “must see” list if you’re visiting Rome! The Basilica of Mary Major, also known as Our Lady of Snows, is home to the crib of the baby Jesus, is the largest Church to Mary in Rome. Afterwards you will get to see St. John Lateran, the Cathedral of Rome which has the seat of the bishop of Rome, and St. Paul’s outside the Walls. In the Basilica of the Holy Cross, you will see many relics of the Passion of Christ, including pieces of the crown of thorns and the actual cross of Jesus. It is a truly holy and reverent experience, and with no formal guide inside the churches, you'll have the freedom to explore the churches at your leisure, maybe even stop to pray or sit in silence to meditate on the years of history and art before you.
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  • 4 hours
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Rome: Underground Temples & Crucifixion Relics Walking Tour

Rome: Underground Temples & Crucifixion Relics Walking Tour

Take a fascinating journey through an underground pagan temple and four impressive churches to understand the very early stages of Christianity. See original relics from the Crucifixion of Christ and soil from the Holy Land.
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  • 3 hours
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Special Christian Rome and Underground Basilicas Private tour

Special Christian Rome and Underground Basilicas Private tour

Enjoy a half-day walking tour of Christian Rome and discover underground treasures in some of the most sensational churches. On this private tour, you'll hear fascinating facts as you travel to the ancient basilicas of St. Clement, the Cathedral of St. John in the Lateran Palace, Basilica Santi Quattro Coronati, and the Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli (Moise). * The entrance to the basilicas requires appropriate clothing: shorts, miniskirts and uncovered shoulders are not allowed.
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  • 3 hours
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Hidden Rome: St. Callistus Catacombs and Papal Basilicas

Hidden Rome: St. Callistus Catacombs and Papal Basilicas

Get out of the beaten tracks and stay far away the main touristic flows! Hire a Private Driver-Guide with this tour, who will pick you up at your address in Rome (right down the street at your Hotel or Apartment) and will drive you and your party (the vehicle is a comfortable, luxury minivan, max 8 people) to visit the Papal Basilicas of Rome, among the most amazing and gorgeous churches in town, and to finish you will join a guided tour of the St. Callistus Catacombs, a real hidden gem among the many of Rome. The Papal Basilicas are the 4 highest-ranking Roman-catholic churches also known as Major Basilicas and all of them are in the territory or Rome. St. Peter's in Vatican City is for sure the most famous one, but the other 3 are not less interesting for what concerns the treasures stored and the histories behind their built. The tour includes also a visit at the Catacombs of St. Callistus, located on the ancient Appian Way
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$428.26
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