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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.
  • Excellent77%
  • Very good19%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“beautiful church” (214 reviews)
“holy stairs” (94 reviews)
“scala santa” (58 reviews)
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Piazza di Porta San Giovanni, 4, 00184 Rome, Italy
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"beautiful church"
in 214 reviews
"holy stairs"
in 94 reviews
"scala santa"
in 58 reviews
"important church"
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"st john"
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"mother church"
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"huge statues"
in 32 reviews
"holy door"
in 36 reviews
"bronze doors"
in 38 reviews
"major basilicas"
in 33 reviews
"metro stop"
in 27 reviews
"worth a visit"
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"peter's basilica"
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"awe inspiring"
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"audio guide"
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"vatican city"
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"trip to rome"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

One of the four papal basilicas in Rome, in wich for 11 centeries the Pope lived in, and the first to be built (amongst the 4). Great interior. Free entrance.

Thank stefanprisacariu
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Under the current basilica of Saint John Lateran there are: - the house with the thermal plant of Fausta, wife of the emperor Constantine, in which were housed the then bishop of Rome Miltiades and his successor Sylvester I, - the foundations of the original...More

Thank giorgiocannella
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Even though quite removed from central Rome, this church is worth a visit. It is richly decorated and the second most important church in Rome. We actually walked there from the Colosseum but I suppose most people would prefer going by taxi or public transport....More

Thank Karsten K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of the four major bascilicas in Rome. It is beautiful on a monumtal scale. Lots of art!!

Thank OntheGo630
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Among lots of basilics in Rome, you may put this one in 10th rank, but it is worth a see! Lots of paintings and sculpture may seems usual when you visit Rome, but don't miss a point because you would regret it.

Thank emad f
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am so glad that we decided not to wait in the never ending queue for St Peters Basilica at the Vatican otherwise I would have missed visiting the gem that is Basilica di SAN Giovanni in Laterano. Breathtakingly beautiful without the crowds, I was...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was the first church we saw in Rome and it was really amazing! It's incredibly beautiful and it stays with you afterwards. It's within walking distance from the Colosseum and it has a big square in front where you can relax and enjoy the...More

Thank Alexandra-Iulia D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very impressive church with amazing architecture inside & outside. Definitely worth a visit if in the area to see the detailed statues & amazing artwork.

Thank M G
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This Basilica is so exquisite you will be brought to tears. The architecture, the artwork. One cannot explain and I guarantee you that no picture in the world would ever give this Basilica justice

Thank Annabel B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful church in san giovanni in laterano, just near the metro line A, really great visit, Noriko

Thank Noriko Y
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Crystal H
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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
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Darin R
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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.
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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
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