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St. John Lateran, Holy Stairs & Baptistery Private Tour

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St. John Lateran, Holy Stairs & Baptistery Private Tour

From US$ 356.01 per group up to 2

Take a guided tour of the first papal residency and marvel at the interior of the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome. Your guide will take you to see the Chiostro, the Holy Stairs, and the fantastic Baptistery of the Lateran complex as well.

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  • Admire the beauty of the interior of the Basilica of St. John Lateran
  • Walk along the Chiostro corridor, the longest in Rome, and learn about its history
  • See the sacred Holy Stairs and the Chapel of Sancta Sanctorum
Full description
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 Giovanni Battista, and frescoes of Constantine’s life painted by Camassei, Gimignani, and Maratta. Marvel at the sacred Holy Stairs and the Chapel of Sancta Sanctorum, one of the most important sanctuaries of the Roman Catholic Church. Located near the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the Sanctuary is recognized as the first private papal chapel. Its name derives from the 28 marble steps of the Holy Stairs. At the end of the tour you can stay on to further explore St. John Lateran if you wish.
  • 3-hour tour
  • Licensed professional guide
  • Admission fee to the Chiostro
  • Headsets
  • Food and drinks
  • Pickup and drop-off service
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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  • Comfortable shoes

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  • Pets
  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sleeveless shirts

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  • As you will be entering sacred places, shoulders, clevage, and knees must be covered
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A hugely enjoyable, educational afternoon

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.

October 16, 2016

May 23, 2019


Sehr kompetente, begeisternde und angenehme Führung mit Elisabeth!

April 6, 2018

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