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St. John's Basilica + Cloister Admission ticket + audioguide

Piazza d'Ara Coeli, 16


  • Museum
  • Accessibility
  • Free wifi
  • Audio Guide
  • Family
  • Reserved Entrance


St. John's Basilica + Cloister Admission ticket + audioguide

The aura and architecture of St. John Lateran will both amaze and compel.
It’s the oldest basilica in Christendom and dates to the 300s. It was lovingly and grandly restored in the 1700s and has the honor of being the Pope’s cathedral. This combination of religious significance and visual beauty makes it a favorite of visitors to Rome.
You’ll know you’re entering one of the world’s great basilicas by the exterior. Larger-than-life marble statues of Jesus and various saints stand imperiously on the roof of the imposing neo-Classical facade.

The Holy Door on the far right is only opened once every 25 years by the Pope, while the massive bronze door in the center originally belonged to the Senate in the Roman Forum. But it's not just the doors that are impressive. The décor is intricate, beautiful and varied. Be sure to look upwards – the gold-leaf coffered ceiling bears the coats of arms of Popes Pius IV and Pius V. The building in its present form dates largely to the 1700s but there are relics and remnants from earlier ages: a beautiful gothic altar from the 1300s, two gilded bronze columns from the second century and - incredibly - the Sacred Steps. These are stairs that Jesus actually climbed during the Passion and were transported to Rome many centuries ago.
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Meeting Point: TOURISTATION PIAZZA VENEZIA: Piazza D'Ara Coeli, 16
(Next to Piazza Venezia. Facing the Vittorio Emanuele Building, keep walking on the right hand side, cross the bus stop and the gardens. There is a small fountain in front of the office).


  • The building was restored in the 1700s and is stunningly decorated in various styles. There are massive mosaics depicting biblical scene, larger-than-life marble statues, a gothic altar and Renaissance artwork
  • The Holy Door is opened by the Pope every 25 years, so you’ll probably have to enter through the central bronze door which once stood in the Senate hall in the Roman Forum
  • The basilica is home to relics from various ages – from the Renaissance through to Ancient Rome and even all the way back to Egyptian pharaohs

What’s included: 
  • Audio guide in multiple languages (Italian, English, French, Spanish, German)
  • Access to the Cloister
  • 25 minute Ancient Rome multimedia video
    What’s not included: 
    • Guided tour
    • Food and drinks
    • Pick up

    • St. John Lateran Basilica: open every days from 7:00 am every 6:30 pm
    • Cloister: available every days from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm (last entry at 4.30 pm)

    Duration: 2 hours


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