Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran

Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran

The Lateran
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My Rating:

The positives:

There is more to see than meets the eye. In addition to the world-famous Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano, there are other lesser-known gems of Rome to see; such as the baptistery and the papal chapel Sancta Sanctorum.

The negatives:

There is hardly any information board with explanations. Due to the tightened security check, you can't just go to church "spontaneously". Glass bottles and aerosol cans are prohibited and must be thrown away for a visit - just like at the airport. This security check can lead to queues.

Top Tip:

Take your time, get the audio guide and a ticket for the cloister and the Sancta Sanctorum chapel (but that costs a bit)!

Last Modified: 29.02.2024 | Céline & Susi

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The details
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What is there
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Holy Stairs

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A bit of History

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