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Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano

Piazza di Porta San Giovanni, 4, 00184 Rome, Italy
+39 06 6988 6433
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Known to be the first church in Christendom, this church belongs to the Vatican and has the privileges of extraterritoriality.
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Piazza di Porta San Giovanni, 4, 00184 Rome, Italy
+39 06 6988 6433
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This was an absolutely beautiful church. From the ceiling to the floor it was amazing. The statues of the apostles alone made the visit worthwhile!

Thank AnotherNiteOnTheRoad
Reviewed 1 week ago

San Giovanni, is very important basilica in Rome, was used by pope up to 1600’s. its beautiful and full of history, read up about it before you go, so you don’t miss any of the small interesting facts.

Thank Miriam S
Reviewed 1 week ago

It doesn’t do justice to call this a church or even a cathedral. There is so much more to it. The church itself is beautiful and full of history - literally the history of the Catholic Church in Rome. This was the first site of...More

Thank travelwith2kids_8
Reviewed 1 week ago

Was there no end to the sculpting,painting, and other means of decorating an ancient structure. This is truly lovely.

Thank wilvic
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The basilica is not one of the most popular tourist sights, but is definitely worth a visit if time permits. The basilica is the cathedral church of Rome and the official seat of the Bishop of Rome, who is the Pope. The Pope is said...More

Thank 1TravelMonkey
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A bit far from other attractions, and there are several churches in Rome so unless you have a specific reason I would leave it out of the list

Thank Hernan G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

San Giovanni in Laterano is magnificent. It's amazing that humans were able to create this church. It's very large, and when we visited during the afternoon not many people. They have some information regarding the history of the church but not a lot. it's worth...More

Thank Stacey M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Like the Colosseum and the Pantheon, this is another outstanding piece of history. The outside of the building is mind boggling and then you go inside......Absolutely unbelievable

Thank Bob B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A church of one half and two quarters, as it were, the vast and ornate central nave being flanked by two contrastingly simple aisles. Its sheer size manages to be inviting, rather than oppressive. The solitary papal chair, in the apse (it is the Pope's...More

Thank Michael B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Large church interior. Statues are amazing. Sacred steps are stunning. Went to mass and enjoyed the surroundings and service. Church has beautiful side chapels.

Thank George O
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Crystal H
21 July 2017|
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Response from MThompsonTX | Reviewed this property |
The guidelines as I remember them, suggest dresses and covered arms, no bare arms for woman. We were there in the winter so it was not an issue. There are specific guidelines for summer attire. I would check the pertinent... More
Darin R
13 May 2017|
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Response from Martin F | Reviewed this property |
There is a fragment from the table of the Last supper with Jesus Christ. The statues of the apostles is awesome.
30 November 2016|
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Response from Sarah D | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, It is very likely that it will be open on new years day. As for mass etc, I would look up local customs for times. I found the following information in the tripadvisor forum regarding Rome on New Years so hope this... More