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Scala Santa and Chapel of San Lorenzo

Piazza di San Giovanni in Laterano 14, 00184 Rome, Italy
+39 06 772 6641
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Piazza di San Giovanni in Laterano 14, 00184 Rome, Italy
+39 06 772 6641
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Reviewed 4 days ago

People going there are very solemn and pray on their knees all the way up the stairs. the Chapel at the top is also very beautiful. There is a separate set of stairs if you want to walk up. The other statues there are also...More

Thank Renate V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small but beautiful chapel with what are believed to be the steps that Jesus climbed when he went to see Pontius Pilot. Pilgrims and the faithful climb up these on their knees and praying.

Thank escargo2k
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is next to the Lateran cathedral. We did not come in, but look interesting from the outside. I think the entrance is somewhere behind.

Thank Ogi0
Reviewed 17 April 2017

We didn't even know these stairs existed until it was noted to us while we were visiting St. John Lateran across the street, and being in Rome in Holy Week and practicing Catholics we felt it would be worth visiting. So we crossed the street...More

Thank theyoussefs
Reviewed 13 April 2017

Across the street from San Giovanni Lateran church is Scala Santa. The Holy Staircase was believed to be brought back from Jerusalem by St. Helena, the mother of Constantine. This staircase is believed to be ascended by Jesus on his way to be judged by...More

Thank GreenThumb331
Reviewed 1 April 2017

Christian pilgrims visit to climb the Holy Stairs on their knees. I thought it was very moving to observe them, even as a non-Christian. There is another staircase to the right that you can walk up, and the chapel is at the top.

Thank Mari818
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Once you enter the front door, it's either you kneel-walk up the sacred stairs with everyone else at slow pace (no race), or take the stairs at the right. At the top you will see the church itself. Interesting place to visit.

Thank superflydmw
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

It amazing to the Holy Steps Jesus Christ walked in on his way to see Pilot. They were moved from Jerusalem to Rome. You must go on your knees up the stairs. It is free. On the other side you can walk down the marble...More

1  Thank Patricia R
Reviewed 3 March 2017

Across the street from the church san Giovanni is the Scalia Santa. This is a truly holy place that you will always remember. You may remember because you have to climb the holy stairs on your knees saying specific prayers on the way up. You...More

1  Thank avslus
Reviewed 15 February 2017

My family stopped by here after visiting St John Lateran - we are blessed that we did. The experience will always be ingrained in my mind and soul.

Thank WGBerry
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What are the hours of operation?
3 March 2016|
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Response from Mike K | Reviewed this property |
Don't know exact hours, but sure it is open all day.
Jaz G
I am planning to be in Rome on Easter week and,have been booking tours for Rome.I have been unable to get a tour for The Chapel of San Lorenzo Santa Escala it's been sold out for Holy Friday the 25 and for Saturday March 26.My question is,if I go with my family on my own before San Lorenzo opens at 6 a.m would I be able to see Santa Scala without a long wait?? I'm also interested to see The Viel of Veronica.Thankyou
14 December 2015|
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Response from Jesse N | Reviewed this property |
I don't know about Easter week, but we had a family of 14 there at about 10am on a weekday and we walked right in without a wait.
Connie S
Can you see the stairs of Santa Scala through the iron grated door? We cannot visit during the open hours but were hoping just to get to see the stairs through the door.
13 February 2015|
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Response from SihYing | Reviewed this property |
I can't recall exactly but if I am not wrong, you may get a glimpse of the Holy Stairs through the iron grated door... yet if your time and schedule ever permits - at the next visit - it's nothing like experiencing the Holy... More