St. John Lateran, Holy Stairs & Baptistery Guided Tour
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- Admire the beauty of the interior of the Basilica of St. John Lateran
- Walk along the Chiostro corridor, the longest in Rome, and learn about its history
- See the sacred Holy Stairs and the Chapel of Sancta Sanctorum
From inside the Basilica, you’ll enter the Lateran Chiostro, and see the lovely marble columns lining the 36-meter corridor dating to the 13th century.
Cross the street to enter the small yet unique Lateran Baptistery, more properly called San Giovanni in Fonte. It was built in the 4th century by Constantine, along with the basilica of Saint John Lateran, on top of a 2nd-century villa.
You’ll see that the interior follows an octagonal plan. In the middle, there are 8 porphyry columns supporting an octagonal lintel over which there is another order of smaller white marble columns.
Admire modern copies of Andrea Sacchi’s works depicting the life of Giovanni Battista, and frescoes of Constantine’s life painted by Camassei, Gimignani, and Maratta.
Marvel at the sacred Holy Stairs and the Chapel of Sancta Sanctorum, one of the most important sanctuaries of the Roman Catholic Church. Located near the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the Sanctuary is recognized as the first private papal chapel. Its name derives from the 28 marble steps of the Holy Stairs.
At the end of the tour you can stay on to further explore St. John Lateran if you wish.
- 3-hour tour
- Licensed professional guide
- Admission fee to the Chiostro
Meet your guide at the main entrance to the St. John Lateran Basilica in Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano (Metro stop San Giovanni, line A). Please be at the designed meeting point 15 minutes prior to the scheduled tour time. Your guide will be holding a Mea Tours sign.
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