St John Lateran's Basilica Tours

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The Basilica of St. John Lateran 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.
Location
Address: Piazza di San Giovanni in Laterano, Rome, Italy
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Private Tour of Catholic Rome

Customize a private tour of Rome with a visit to its famous Catholic sites. Be chauffeured in the personalized comfort of a private Mercedes car or minivan and stop at monuments, piazzas and cathedrals. See the magnificent St Peter’s Basilica and explore others in the Eternal City such as the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo and the Holy Stairs at St John Lateran. Note: entrance fees and private guide are not included in the tour price.
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Rome in One Day: Colosseum and Catacombs Tour with Skip the line

The magnificence of Rome’s archaeological sites is reflected in the large crowds and time-consuming lines that they attract. Save time and enhance your experience of the Colosseum and the Roman Catacombs on this 8-hour walking tour, which includes skip-the-line entry to both attractions and a Roman lunch. Contemplate the 2,000-year-old Colosseum, one of the New7Wonders of the World; tick off top Rome attractions on a walking tour; and descend to the subterranean cemeteries of the Roman Catacombs. Hotel pickup is included.
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Private Tour: Christian Rome and Underground Basilicas - Half-Day Walking Tour

The history of the early Church is one of the most fascinating aspects of western history. This private half-day tour takes you to the most important sties in Christian Rome. Marvel at the Basilica of St. Clement, a 900-year-old church built on top of a fourth-century church that is built on a first-century nobleman's house. Pop into the Church of St. Sylvester, where the Donation of Constantine is said to have taken place, and explore the huge San Giovanni in Laterano and the Sancta Sanctorum, a room that once held the most revered relics in Christendom, including the heads of Saint Peter and Paul, a chunk of the table used at the Last Supper and Jesus' Foreskin.
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Skip the Line to Vatican Treasures, Sistine Chapel and Optional Upgrade with Lunch

Spend a morning or an afternoon at the Vatican with this 2-hour skip-the-line tour of the Vatican Museums (including the Sistine Chapel) and St. Peter's Basilica. Get an up close and personal look at Michelangelo's masterpiece, his murals in the Sistine Chapel that changed the history of painting forever. See Raphael's cherubs. Gawk at the Gallery of Maps. Explore St. Peter's Basilica. And if you want more, upgrade to a full-day tour and visit the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the Catacombs and more. Lunch can also be included.
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Private Tour: Christian Rome

Step into the early days of Christian history on a private, 6-hour tour of Rome’s holy sites, and experience the city where Constantine, St. Peter and St. Paul lived and preached. Discover the 5th-century Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the Basilica of St. John Lateran and Pontius Pilate's steps, an important pilgrimage site. See millennia-old relics treasured by saints and Popes, then head to the below-ground Catacombs for a tour of the tunnels where generations of Christian martyrs were buried and remembered.
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Rome Walking Tour of Holy Sites: Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem, San Giovanni in Laterano and Scala Santa

Seek out the religious gems of Rome on a 2-hour, small-group walking tour. In a group that’s limited to just 15 people, you’ll visit the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano, the Scala Santa, and the Basilica of the Holy Cross with a guide. Hear stories about the sacred relics inside the monuments, and discover a side of Rome that many visitors miss.
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Underground Rome Tour

Visit the underground attractions of Rome on a 4-hour private tour. The comprehensive itinerary would be difficult to complete in one day by public transit or taxi. Instead, start from your hotel and let your private driver comfortably transport you to a number of locations. Explore each attraction independently, including the Catacombs of St. Callixtus and Capuchin Crypt. Listen as your driver explains monuments you pass along the way.
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Passion of Christ Walking Tour

View items related to the passion and death of Jesus Christ during this 3-hour tour in Rome. Visit the Basilica of St Mary Major to see fragments of the wood from the manger where Jesus was born and explore San Prassede, which features pieces of the pillar upon which Christ was flogged. At the Basilica of Santa Croce, see fragments of the true cross and a nail of the crucifixion. Along the tour, learn about the history of these sacred religious objects from your guide. All entrance fees are included.
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Small Group Tour: Christian Rome and Underground Basilicas Half-Day Tour

Explore the Christian basilicas and landmark locations in Rome on this guided, 3-hour, small-group tour. Visit the Basilica of San Clemente, the ancient Santi Quattro Coronati, the Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran. Learn fascinating facts about these and other basilicas along the way. Skip-the-line entrance tickets to the Basilica of San Clemente provided. Please dress conservatively. Attire such as shorts, miniskirts and uncovered shoulders are not allowed. Rome hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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Private Tour: Basilicas of Rome

Get a comprehensive overview of Rome's basilicas on this 7-hour private tour. Visit important sites in religious history such as St John in Latheran, the Holy Cross in Jerusalem and the Church Quo Vadis. Take advantage of the flexibility and personal attention that comes with booking a private tour; be sure to let your guide know if there are any sites you are particularly interested in. Round-trip private transportation from your Rome accommodation is included.
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Christian Rome Tour Semi-Private

Explore the sacred Christian sites of Rome with a small-group tour, including the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, and more. Skip the hassle of finding all these sights on your own and hear fun facts and stories about Rome’s early Christian history as you travel from site to site with a guide.
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Best of Christian Rome Full-day from Rome

Visit several of the most venerated Catholic sites in Rome, accompanied by a private driver and guide. Trace the history of Roman Christianity as you visit ancient catacombs, churches, sacred stairs, and more, including a stop inside the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica, the world’s largest church. Enjoy the comfort of private transportation in a Mercedes, and commemorate your time in Vatican City with a papal blessing on parchment paper.
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Christian Rome Major Basilicas and Catacombs 3 Hour Tour

Visit several of the most influential basilicas, such as St. Mary Major and St. John Lateran and discover just how important they were in shaping the history of Christianity. With your professional guide, roam some of the most secluded corners of the city. Learn about early Christian cemeteries and shelters while within the Catacombs of either San Callixto or Santa Domitilla. Gain a better understanding as to why Rome is recognized worldwide as the center of Christianity on this three-hour walking tour and familiarize yourself with the history that resides within this great city.  
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Vatican Museums and Christian Rome

Take your chance to visit the Vatican Museums that represent together with   the Sixtine Chapel one of the biggest and interesting museum complex of the world and enrich your experience spending a little time in the in the places of the Apostles, Martyrs and Saints.
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Rome Underground Tour

Most travelers have little idea of what lies beneath Rome’s bustling streets. Go underground with a guide to explore the secrets of the city, including a buried church, an apartment building with well-preserved frescoes, and a 1700-year-old water fountain. Your guide gives you necessary context as you walk through archaeological sites hidden from the public eye.
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St John Lateran Holy Stairs and Baptistery Private Tour

Discover several important Christian landmarks during one itinerary with this small group tour in Rome. Hear stories about history and architecture from your guide as you explore the interior of the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the Chiostro corridor, and the Holy Stairs. Discover the Chapel of Sancta Sanctorum, originally the first private papal chapel.
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Private Tour: Catholic Rome Half Day Tour

Immerse yourself in Rome's historically important Catholic side on this info-packed and entertaining tour through the spiritual underbelly of the Eternal City. With a driver chauffeuring you around Rome in a comfortable car, tour the city's main churches, from ancient basilicas to significant saintly sites, and then stop into a restaurant to tuck into a hearty Roman lunch.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Private Tour: Secret Rome and Historical Churches

Bypass Rome’s tourist hotspots and uncover the lesser-known gems that many visitors miss. Guided by an expert in art history, the 3.5-hour tour introduces you to Caelian Hill with its history-steeped churches and archaeological digs. Check out Case Romane del Celio, an ancient Roman house, and step inside the city’s so-called medieval Sistine Chapel. Visit the papal seat, aka the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano, and learn about the city’s history from Roman Empire days to the Middle Ages.  The tour can be tailored to your preferences.
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The Seven Churches Official Bike Guided Tour

Explore off the beaten path religious landmarks with this guided bike tour. Follow your guide on an itinerary to see seven churches in Rome, including Santa Maria Maggiore, San Lorenzo Fuori Le Mura, and Santa Croce in Gerusalemme. Learn about the history of Christianity in Rome away from the main touristic religious attractions.
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Best of Christian Rome Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia Port

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 Your English-speaking Driver will wait for you at the pier just outside the ship with a sign with your name and then enjoy a  journey to Christian Rome by private air-conditioned vehicle.  We can give to you a memorable self-guided tour or a customized tour where you can visit the sites of the Christian Rome that you prefer. Official Licensed Tour Guide is upgradable. Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to the Civitavecchia Port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
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Walking tour: Rome and its Obelisks

The coming together of two different cultures thanks to the vanity of Emperors and Popes.
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Roman Houses of Celio Tour with Aperitif

Discover the extraordinary archaeological complex of "Roman Houses of Celio" below the Basilica of Sts. John and Paul.
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