If Scala Santa were isolated on its own, it would still be a very good attraction to visit, worthy of seeking out. However, being just across the street from the excellent San Giovanni, makes this a combined 'must-see' attraction in Rome. Visits here are free and you can take photos inside.
What is so very special at this location are the 28 steps, believed to be the same used by Jesus when ascending to his trial at the house of Pontus Pilate's. They were brought here in the 4th century by St. Helen and are now laid out before believers and worships, who climb these steps on their knees while offering up prayer. This is a sight to be seen and potentially experienced.
The inside staircases are also lined with beautiful fresco artwork, well worth examination and some photo taking. Low light conditions are found in most of Scala Santa so make sure to slow your shutter speed and hold your camera very still while taking pictures.
To visit, you can use the San Giovanni (Metro) stop but it remains quite a stroll back towards the main city. Instead, you might want to just start off with a taxi to this Santa Scala and San Giovanni, early in the morning and then continue your day of sightseeing by making your way to the very good Basilica di San Clemente, which is just up Via Giovanni in Laterano, 12-15 minutes walk. Beyond this church you find the ancient Coliseum and Forum, rounding off an excellent 1/2 to full day of sightseeing in Rome.
Overall, Scala Santa is an important place to visit for believers and makes a very good complimentary visit to the excellent San Giovanni in Laterano church, just across the street. Combined, they should be a priority visit for those visiting Rome.
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