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Rome: Lateran Complex and Holy Stairs Guided Walking Tour

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Rome: Lateran Complex and Holy Stairs Guided Walking Tour

Activity provider: TICKETSTATION SRL
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From US$ 37.05 per person

Explore the Lateran Complex, one of Rome’s most religious sights, on this guided walking tour. Admire the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, the Obelisk, and the Lateran Baptistery, as well as the impressive Holy Stairs.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Italian
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Explore the Lateran Complex and learn of its religious importance
  • Admire the Neo-Classical and Renaissance architecture of the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran
  • Marvel at the impressive Lateran Obelisk and the Lateran Baptistery
  • Learn how the Holy Stairs traditionally represent Jesus' ascent at Pontius Pilate’s Palace
  • Discover the story behind the Holy Door, why it is sealed, and who can open it
Full description
Meet your guide outside the Lateran Obelisk, then travel back in time as you explore one of the most religious sights in Rome, the Lateran Complex. Admire the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, which dates back to the 4th Century AD, and learn about its historical importance. Marvel at the church’s impressive marble statues, mosaics, and vaulted ceilings. Soak up the array of architectural styles found at the church, including Neo-Classical and Renaissance. Discover the Holy Door, and learn how it is sealed by mortar, only to be opened during Jubilee years by the pope. Outside, marvel at the Holy Stairs, which traditionally represent the ascent Jesus made in Pontius Pilate’s Palace.  Next, check out the Obelisk, which is one of the largest in the world, and listen to stories of its history. Finally, head to the Lateran Baptistery, built on the orders of Emperor Constantine in the 5th Century.  
  • Professional guide
  • Headphones to hear the guide
  • Entry to Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, Lateran Baptistery, and Holy Stairs
  • Entry to Lateran Cloister (can be purchased on site)
  • Entry to Sancta Sanctorum (can be purchased on site)
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup or drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Meet your guide in front of the Lateran Obelisk. Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour's start time.

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Drones
  • Alcohol and drugs
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4.8 /5

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Your tour guide was the most knowledgeable a fantastic I have ever met, what a beautiful person and WOW what knowledge. She went above and beyond in all matters of the tour. You should be very happy and proud that you have such a person working for you. Noel & Marife

November 17, 2021

Très bonnes connaissances du guide qui a été à l’écoute et a répondu à nos attentes

August 12, 2021


Guida molto preparatA

July 25, 2021


Product ID: 395421