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Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano

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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
+39 06 6988 6433
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 1 April 2012

Having visited Rome on numerous occasions, we consider San Giovanni in Laterano a top two or three church visit experience in the city of Rome. Combined with the Scala Santa attraction, just across the street, this makes a 'must-see' visit, even on the shortest of...More

18  Thank BradJill
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

Unfortunately, we didn't have the chance to visit the inside of this otherwise beautiful basilica. There was a man at the door banning people from getting in who were not wearing "proper clothing". After 3 weeks in Italy, we knew the proper way to visit...More

6  Thank juliocgut
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were thrilled to find this church almost deserted upon our late-in-the-day weekday visit. This is the Pope's seat and the stunning embellishment reflects this importance. I thought this structure rivaled St. Peter's.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

San Giovanni in Laterano looks down upon the other three papal Basilicas: St Peters, Maria Maggiore and St Pauls outside the walls, because it is an Arcibasilica, the highest ranking papal basilica of them all. Located at the Lateran, near the San Giovanni Metro Station,...More

1  Thank AnthonyCordato
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is probably, to me at least, the most beautiful church outside of St Peter's and the Vatican. Very big with majestic statues lining the central nave, each by itself a masterful work of art. The transept to the left contains a beautiful golden...More

Thank jrongow
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

my sister and I decided to hop down the street after visiting San Clemente, expecting a small older church. We were not prepared for what we found! This place is simply magnificent! The line was very short, admission is free and photography is allowed. this...More

Thank Cindy C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well, there's no way to know for sure but there is a cedar table in the church that is believed (and so much really relies upon "belief" at the end of the day) to be the one that Christ used at the Last Supper. Anything...More

Thank on_the_go_98765
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of the "major" basilicas with top quality art. About an hour to look at it. Getting there, off the beaten path, however, is best by taxi. This one is baroque, rather than renaissance, and last remodlelled by Boromini. The commission Boromini was...More

Thank Cheryle W
Reviewed 9 October 2018

This is a hidden gem, I think. Most people come to Rome to see the Vatican and the Colosseum but this one is worth your time. Not too big or grand, but the detail and exquisite architecture will blow you away.

1  Thank rebazagroup
Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

So much to see and learn about this place being the oldest of the four major basilicas and Rome’s official Cathedral. Walking through the huge doors, this place is impressive! Over the Papal’s Altar of the Holy Sacrament are the statues and relics of Sts....More

Thank Famluv2travel
Reviewed 8 October 2018

We stumbled upon this basilica by accident, and what a great find was it. Everything inside is amazing, a lot interesting statues, decorations and painting. The ceiling looks special and different from anything else that we have seen, a must visit.

Thank Vitaly F
Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile

Being the head church of the Pope, this is technically Vatican city territory despite being a bit far away. The church is beautiful and has an amazing history you can see here. It is also relatively quiet and peaceful, giving you a good place to...More

1  Thank Corbin S
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Response from Maximilian N | Reviewed this property |
You should be able attend Mass no problem on Palm Sunday, but come earlier.
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Response from MThompsonTX | Reviewed this property |
The guidelines as I remember them, suggest dresses and covered arms, no bare arms for woman. We were there in the winter so it was not an issue. There are specific guidelines for summer attire. I would check the pertinent... More
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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.