St. John Lateran Ticket with Audio Guide
Experience the rich history and religious significance of the entire St. John Lateran Complex on this self-guided tour with an engaging multilingual audio guide.
- Visit St. John Lateran and its several historic sites including the Cloister, the Baptistery, the Holy Stairs, and the ‘Sancta Sanctorum’ chapel.
- Tune in to an audio guide in the language of your choice and soak up this marvelous church complex at your own pace.
- Observe the Roman-Gothic architecture and remaining art and frescoes of each section.
- No one should miss the religiously significant 28 steps which make up the ‘Holy Stairs’.
- You’ll learn why the Sancta Sanctorum chapel is considered to be one of the holiest Christian spaces, and see its ancient relics and artwork on its walls.
- Admission to the Lateran Complex: Basilica, Cloister, Baptistery, Holy Stairs, and Papal Chapel of the Sancta Sanctorum
- Audio guide available in English, French, Spanish, German, and Italian
- Live guide
You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
Experience the oldest church in the western world – the St. John Lateran Archbasilica – and the entire Lateran Complex with an informative multilingual audio guide.
One of the four Archbasilicas in Rome, the Church’s history dates back to early Christianity and, together with the Cloister, the Baptistery, the Holy Stairs (Scala Santa), and its Sancta Sanctorum chapel, forms a complex of substantial religious history and culture. This is the church where the Pope lived up to the XIV century until the residence shifted to the Vatican City after 1870.
Marvel at the Cloister, measuring approximately 36-meters on each side. One of the widest in the city, observe the Roman Gothic architecture of the precious gilded marble column carved by one of the most talented stonemason families in Rome – the Vassallettos.
You’ll find the entrance to the Baptistery behind the church. Featuring a dome and columns, look out for internal frescoes that were made under Pope Urban II in the XVII century. Mosaic decorations have almost disappeared but many artists have left their mark on the walls such as Andrea Sacchi, Carlo Rainaldi (the altar), and Luigi Valadier (the statue of St. John Baptiste).
Opposite the St. John Lateran is the entrance to the Scala Santa, which translates to ‘Holy Stairs’. Legend says these 28 marble steps were the stairs on which Jesus climbed to Pontius Pilate’s office during his trial. Today, pilgrims climb up the stairs strictly on their knees only, praying and asking for grace.
The Sancta Sanctorum chapel is considered to be one of the holiest sites of Christianity and holds the highest treasure of relics including an ancient image of Jesus the Saviour holding the New Testament. The rest of the chapel has been decorated by many popes over the years.
know before you go
know before you go
- Face masks are mandatory.
- Visitors must follow a social distance of 1.5-meters.
- There’s both ramp and elevator access for visitors with disabilities but not all sections or buildings are easily accessible for wheelchair users.
The operating hours are subject to change. Please check the calendar to see the operating hours on your intended day of visit.
St. John Lateran Basilica
- Daily: 9am - 4:30pm
- Daily: 9am to 4:30pm
- Daily: 9am - 5pm
Holy Stairs and Papal Chapel of the Sancta Sanctorum
- Daily: 9am - 1pm and 3pm to 5pm
- Sun: 3pm - 5pm
- Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.
- Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the meeting point. Students must show a valid student ID.
- Meet your guide at Atrium of St. John’s Basilica, .
- Address: Piazza di San Giovanni in Laterano, 4, 00184 Roma RM, Italy.
- Landmark: next to the Holy Door.
- The closest bus stop is Porta San Giovanni. It is a quick 2-minute walk to the meeting point.
- Board buses 16, 81, 85, 87 and many more to get you there.
- The closest metro station is San Giovanni. It is a quick 5-minute walk to the meeting point.
- Board metros MEA MEC to get you there.
- The closest tram stop is Porta S. Giovanni/Carlo Felice. It is a quick 4-minute walk to the meeting point.
- Board tram 8 to get you there.