Roman's call it their church. The church of the Bishop of Rome (the Pope) was very majestic with its stunning architecture, arches, chapels, and naves. The ceiling itself is a remarkable work of art as well as the line of intricately beautiful statues of all the apostles that leads to the main alter. And, the floor has an amazing decorative inlay of marble throughout.
This elegant detail from the floor to the ceiling is just as awe-inspiring as St. Peter's but without the crowds, a much more peaceful experience.
The Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano is easily accessible by metro (stop San Giovanni), has free entry, and photos are allowed. Definitely a must visit. We combined it with a visit to several of the catacombs (just a bus ride down the road) for a very enjoyable day.
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