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The Lateran Complex & Holy Stairs Walking Tour

Benefit: Walking Tour with Professional Guide & Headsets (Booking Required)
Regular Price: Adult USD 26.75; Child USD 26.75
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Attraction Highlights

  • Religious and art relevance: this is the Lateran Complex
  • Discover the oldest Basilica in Christendom with its neo-classical facade, larger-than-life marble statues and a gothic altar
  • Admire the magnificent Lateran Baptistery, a place with a unique atmosphere
  • Marvel at the Holy Stairs: Medieval legends claim that Saint Helena brought the Holy Stairs from Jerusalem to Rome
  • Look up to the Lateran Obelisk which is the largest standing ancient Egyptian obelisk in the world
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Walking Tour with Professional Guide & Headsets (Booking Required)


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Important Notes
  • Small Group - max 10 participants
  • ID card is mandatory for children under 18 years old.
  • Report at the Meeting Point at least 15 minutes before the timeslot selected.
  • Comfortable shoes are recommended.

  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present one of the following
  • Proof of full vaccination
  • Proof of first vaccination administered at least 15 days ago
  • Proof of a COVID-19 infection in the past 6 months
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours prior to the start of the activity
  • Address Piazza di S. Giovanni in Laterano 4 (in front of the obelisk)
    Collection Information Bookings are essential. Please book 48 hours in advance to avoid disappointment here
    For all attractions requiring pre-booking, check our reservations information here
    After pre-booking, you will receive a voucher once your booking is confirmed. Please present your voucher to the staff at the designated meeting point on the day of your visit. If no voucher is provided then you will not be allowed to enter. Strictly no cancellations or amendments once the booking is confirmed
    Phone +39 349 6966958
    Email: [email protected]
    Work Hours Daily at 10am & 4pm
    Closed Days 1 Jan, 6 Jan, 17 Apr, 25 Dec
    Website https://www.touristation.it/tours/short-walking-tour/complesso-lateranense-tour

    What to expect

    Admire the aura and architecture of St. John Lateran that will both amaze and compel. The arch-basilica of St. John Lateran is the oldest basilica in Christendom (groundbreaking - AD 4th century) and it houses the cathedral of the Roman bishop (The Pope). As the Cathedral of the Pope as Bishop of Rome, it ranks superior to all other churches of the Roman Catholic Church, including Saint Peter's Basilica. The building was restored in the 1700s and is stunningly decorated in various styles. Larger-than-life marble statues of Jesus and various saints stand imperiously on the roof of the imposing neo-Classical facade. The nave welcomes you in beneath vaulted ceilings: you can admire as sunlight streams in through high windows. The décor is intricate, beautiful and varied: there are massive mosaics depicting biblical scene, larger-than-life marble statues, a gothic altar and Renaissance artwork.
    As one of the Papal major basilicas in Rome, inside the Basilica you'll find the Holy Door: it sealed by mortar and cement from the inside and opened during Jubilee years designated by the Pope. Just in front of the Basilica, the Holy Stairs: the 28 steps the Scala Santa (Holy Stairs) have been traditionally identified as the very same ascended by Jesus in Pontius Pilate’s palace in Jerusalem. Brought to Rome by St. Helena, mother of the Emperor Constantine they lead up to the Sancta Sanctorum and are considered to be so holy that believers may be seen climbing them on their knees.

    Things to look out for

    A few steps away we have two other wonders to admire: the Obelisk and the Lateran Baptistery. The Obelisk is the largest standing ancient Egyptian obelisk in the world and it is also the tallest obelisk in Italy. The Lateran Baptistery is the oldest monumental baptistery, as it was built at the behest of Emperor Constantine as a place where the Christian community could solemnly celebrate the sacraments of initiation. The Baptistery is therefore presented as a building of the fifth century, which has the particularity of never having ceased to perform that function for which it was built, that is, Baptism.

    Helpful Tips

    Important Notes

  • Small Group - max 10 participants
  • ID card is mandatory for children under 18 years old.
  • Report at the Meeting Point at least 15 minutes before the timeslot selected.
  • Comfortable shoes are recommended.

  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present one of the following
  • Proof of full vaccination
  • Proof of first vaccination administered at least 15 days ago
  • Proof of a COVID-19 infection in the past 6 months
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours prior to the start of the activity
  • Address Piazza di S. Giovanni in Laterano 4 (in front of the obelisk)
    Phone +39 349 6966958
    Work Hours Daily at 10am & 4pm
    Closed Days 1 Jan, 6 Jan, 17 Apr, 25 Dec
    Website https://www.touristation.it/tours/short-walking-tour/complesso-lateranense-tour