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The Lateran Complex and
Holy Stairs Walking Tour

Piazza di San Giovanni in Laterano 4


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The Lateran Complex and
Holy Stairs Walking Tour

Religious and art relevance: this combination makes the Lateran Complex one of the places not to be missed in Rome!

Admire the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, the Obelisk, the Lateran Baptistery, the Holy Stairs: find out the hidden treasures!

The archbasilica of St. John Lateran is the oldest basilica in Christendom (groundbreaking - AD 4th century) and it houses the cathedra of the Roman bishop (The Pope). As the Cathedral of the Pope as Bishop of Rome, it ranks superior to all other churches of the Roman Catholic Church, including Saint Peter's Basilica. The building was restored in the 1700s and is stunningly decorated in various styles. Larger-than-life marble statues of Jesus and various saints stand imperiously on the roof of the imposing neo-Classical facade. The nave welcomes you in beneath vaulted ceilings: you can admire as sunlight streams in through high windows. The décor is intricate, beautiful and varied: there are massive mosaics depicting biblical scene, larger-than-life marble statues, a gothic altar and Renaissance artwork.

As one of the Papal major basilicas in Rome, inside the Basilica you'll find the Holy Door: it sealed by mortar and cement from the inside and opened during Jubilee years designated by the Pope.

Just in front of the Basilica, the Holy Stairs: the 28 steps the Scala Santa (Holy Stairs) have been traditionally identified as the very same ascended by Jesus in Pontius Pilate’s palace in Jerusalem. Brought to Rome by St. Helena, mother of the Emperor Constantine they lead up to the Sancta Sanctorum and are considered to be so holy that believers may be seen climbing them on their knees.

A few steps we have two other wonders to admire: the Obelisk and the Lateran Baptistery. The Obelisk is the largest standing ancient Egyptian obelisk in the world and it is also the tallest obelisk in Italy. The Lateran Baptistery is the oldest monumental baptistery, as it was built at the behest of Emperor Constantine as a place where the Christian community could solemnly celebrate the sacraments of initiation. The Baptistery is therefore presented as a building of the fifth century, which has the particularity of never having ceased to perform that function for which it was built, that is, Baptism.
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Meeting Point: Piazza di San Giovanni in Laterano 4, in front of the Obelisk. 

  • Religious and art relevance: this is the Lateran Complex
  • Discover the oldest Basilica in Christendom with his neo-classical facade, larger-than-life marble statues and a gothic altar
  • Admire the magnificent Lateran Baptistery, a place with a unique atmosphere
  • Marvel at the Holy Stairs: Medieval legends claim that Saint Helena brought the Holy Stairs from Jerusalem to Rome
  • Look up to the Lateran Obelisk is the largest standing ancient Egyptian obelisk in the world
What's Included:
  • Walking Tour
  • Professional guide 
  • Headsets 
  • Archbasilica of St. John Lateran entrance
  • Lateran Baptistery entrance
  • Holy Stairs entrance
  • Small Group MAX 10 participants
What’s not included: 
  • Lateran Cloister: entrance not included in the tour. Extra ticket to pay on site.
  • Sancta Sanctorum: entrance not included in the tour. Extra ticket to pay on site.
  • Food and drinks 
  • Transport 
Timetable: every day 10:00 AM or 4:00 PM. 
Duration: approx. 2 hours. 
Languages: iItalian, English, French, Spanish.


    • Temperature checks are mandatory
    • All customer touchpoints are frequently cleaned
    • To reduce crowds, the number of visitors is limited