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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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  • Average2%
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Piazza di Porta San Giovanni, 4, 00184 Rome, Italy
+39 06 6988 6433
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Reviewed yesterday

While not near as opulent as St Peters, this Basilica is amazing. Probably 5% of the crowd as other main attractions, which was great. Plenty of time to wander around, listen to the narratives, and take in the majesty of this church.

Thank dmbkDallasTX
Reviewed yesterday

Don't miss this one! Absolutely beautiful and be sure to visit the courtyard and also to see the statues of all the Popes.

Thank jan_in_za
Reviewed 2 days ago

Where you can find bargain shopping at Rome's Via Sannio street market not far from this beautiful basilica.

Thank Sandra N
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Vast basilica, much less busy than other sites in Rome. It is the oldest Church in the West & it ranks more important than all other Churches including St Peters in the Vatican City! Don't miss the central bronze doors which were the actual doors...More

Thank AB5Cork
Reviewed 3 days ago

Absolutely worth the trip to the complex. Visited the baptistry, the church, and the building across the street with the 'holy stairs' from Pontius Pilates' palace. You,should have a detailed travel guide with you to understand all of the significant architecture and art. Worth at...More

Thank LargeAlG
Reviewed 4 days ago

I love visiting the basilica. It's so beautiful and east to access. Entry is always free and people tend to be very respectful all the time. I've taken so many photos of this place and I frequently look at them and show them off to...More

Thank Jeremy B
Reviewed 4 days ago

Quick walk from the subway stop in a more rough area of town, but worth the visit. This was the 1st church built in Rome and is one of the 4 Major Basilicas! The Canopy is beautiful inside as are the side Altars.

Thank Kathy M
Reviewed 6 days ago

This church was interesting but a bit off from the other attractions. The holy steps are across the way -- which was interesting. But, knowing what I know now, not sure we would have made the effort to see the church.

Thank nancym290
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This "Basilica" is a place to go, you'll be speechless. There is no word to describe the beauty your eyes can see. It is free entrance, remember to have with you a scarf if you were very short pants and/have "naked" shoulders. You can also...More

Thank Crisari
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Vatican, the Colosseum and the Archbasilica of San Giovanni in Laterano are my top three must sees in Rome! Be sure to see the Lateran Baptistry, the Holy Stairs, and the Holy of Holies Room which are all part of the Archbasilica. Simply amazing...More

Thank Steven L
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Darin R
Can anyone tell me what holy relics are available to see in this basilica? Thank you in advance. I really appreciate it.
13 May 2017|
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Response from Suzy-Arizona | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure about relics because, as usual, the Church only lets you see what they want you to see. The Holy Door is a relic itself. I don't keep track of everything that is in all the churches (they are all different... More
Will this be open on New Year's day 2017? We'd love to visit. Are there church services that day that we should avoid...or attend?
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
Onoria A
what is rating on booking Christmas dinner and midnight mass tour? don't in get a seat inside the basilica?
5 October 2016|
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Response from Blitch S | Reviewed this property |
Great question. It actually depends on the company you wish to book with. I recommend Eternal City Tours.