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Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano: Tours & Tickets

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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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Piazza di Porta San Giovanni, 4, 00184 Rome, Italy
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a beautiful basilica. Wonderful mosaics. Beautiful altarpiece. No photos allowed. Mithras chapel original under existing building well worth a visit. Not to be missed. Pre Christian

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This major Archbasilica is the Cathedral Church of Rome and the seat of the Pope (not St. Peter's), its the oldest church in Rome and it is spectacular, both outside as well as inside. Whats more it is free to enter. Do not miss this...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is the oldest of the four ancient major Basilicas in Rome under the Holy See. It is known as the “Archbasilica” of Rome. Construction started from the 4th century and the church has been kept on renovated over the centuries. The front is a...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 10 September 2019 via mobile

This basilica is large & beautiful. There are many pieces of art all over the basilica & the ceilings are a masterpiece. There’s a small museum & gift shop as well. To get into the basilica you have to go through a security screening. There...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 1 September 2019

We learned about this church from our tour guide at the Vatican. It is a beautiful old church that is not crowded at all. It is the oldest and highest ranking of the four papal major basilicas and is the oldest public church in the...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 29 August 2019 via mobile

This was one of my favorite attractions in Rome. It was free. The dress code was sleeves and covered knees, but they didn’t really enforce it. You also aren’t supposed to use your phone for anything inside, but again, they didn’t really enforce it. Small...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 29 August 2019

This basilica is dedicated to San Giovanni in Latera, and is founded 311 - 314 by pope Melchiade and has a very nice baroque facade and bronze portals /1735), inside is older (1650) from Bernini

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 27 August 2019

We found this hidden gem off a narrow street by accident and it was a real hidden gem. If you visit this church you will be taken back in time of some of the most interesting religious painting on the wall and ceiling. Add this...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 9 August 2019 via mobile

The official seat of the Pope - as he is also the Bishop of Rome. A bit further away from the Vatican than you would expect, but easily accessible by metro, tram and bus. Near the Colloseum and Circus Maximus. Nice and quiet compared to...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 7 August 2019

If you want to visit all the basilica and churches in Rome thats ok it your choice. But if you want to select some this must be one of your choice. You can easily walk from Colleseum (less than 1 km). Not very crowded.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from George O | Reviewed this property |
I attended All Souls Day mass in the evening and it was beautiful. Here is the mass schedule. As the others say, arrive early. The holy steps across the street were amazing. Mass schedule Weekdays... More
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Response from peacefulperfection | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is a dress code. I think it is wise to cover your knees and shoulders in all basilicas and cathedrals in Rome whether or not there is dress code to show respect.
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14 May 2017|
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Response from MartinF1933 | Reviewed this property |
There is a fragment from the table of the Last supper with Jesus Christ. The statues of the apostles is awesome.