The Mother of all the churches in Rome and the world

The Archbasilica of the Most Sacred Saviour and the Saints John the Baptist and Evangelist, more commonly known as St. John Lateran, is the oldest church in the western world. It was built during the pontificate of Pope Miltiades on a property belonging to the Lateran family, donated to the Pope by Constantine as a sign of his gratitude to Christ after the victory over Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge on October 28, 312.
Papal residence until the nineteenth century is currently the Cathedral of the Diocese of Rome and the official ecclesiastical seat of the Bishop of Rome
One thousand years later, in 1300, the first Jubilee in history was proclaimed here and later, during the Jubilee of 1423, Pope Martin V opened the Holy Door for the first time, a ceremony which was later also extended to other Basilicas. The Holy Stairs, located on the eastern side of the Square, are part of what remains of the old Lateran Palace. Identified by tradition with the stairs of the Praetorium of Pilate on which Jesus is said to have walked for questioning before the crucifixion, it was installed in 1586, by order of Pope Sixtus V, to provide access to the papal chapel, the Sancta Sanctorum, so called because of the many relics it houses.

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Our proposals

We will bring you to discover the Lateran Complex with a multilingual audioguide.

Lateran Complex with Audioguide

Individual adult rate             € 10,00

The rate includes: “Roma Cristiana” assistance and the multilingual audioguide for the visit into the Basilica of St John Lateran, Cloister, Baptistery, Scala Santa, Sancta Sanctorum and the Treasure Museum 

Cloister with audioguide

Individual adult rate              € 5,00

The rate includes: “Roma Cristiana” assistance and the multilingual audioguide only for the visit into the Cloister and the Treasure Museum 


Individual adult rate              € 3,00

The rate includes: “Roma Cristiana” assistance and the only entrance for the Cloister and the Treasure Museum 

Sancta Sanctorum

Individual adult rate              € 5.00

The rate includes: “Roma Cristiana” assistance and the multilingual audioguide for the visit into the Sancta Sanctorum and the Treasure Museum 


Free for children 0 - 5 years of age

Free for disabled visitors


Cloister: available every day from 9am to 5pm, last entrance at 4.30pm.

Sancta Sactorum: available from Monday to Saturday, from 9.30am to 13.00pm, last entrance at 12.45am; and from 3pm to 5.00pm, last entrance at 4.45pm. Not available on Sunday and on Vatican holidays.

Meeting point: at the Basilica of St. John Lateran.

Audioguide languages: Italian, English, French, German, Spanish.


Guided Tour

It is possible to book a guided tour of the Basilica and the Cloister.

Guide fare

    € 150,00 (max 50 people)

Reduced ticket to Cloister

    €     3,00 per person


    €     1,50 per person


Informations about the guided tour

Avilable languages: ITA/ENG/ESP/TED/FRA

Guided tours timetable: Everyday from 9.00am to 4.30pm

For reservation: email 



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Shuttle transfer service between Fiumicino Airport and Rome

Sit Bus Shuttle is a connecting service from Fiumicino airport, Fiumicino city, Termini Station and the centre of Rome (Vatican area).

From Roma Termini train station and from downtown piazza Cavour (bus stops), you can hop on the Bus Shuttle to Fiumicino Airport or Fiumicino town. From the airport take a shuttle bus to Rome city centre or Termini train station.




Roma Termini Station, Via Marsala 5
Vaticano, Via Crescenzio 2

Fiumicino Airport, Bus Station, Terminal 3


Euro 6,00 one way

Euro 11,00 round trip





St. Peter's Office
Palazzo dei Propilei

Piazza Pio XII, 9 (Piazza San Pietro) - 00193 Roma

Opening to public

From Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm

Sunday to 9am to 1pm

Special Openings 

24 December 2018 9am - 4pm
25 December 2018 9am - 1pm
26 December 2018 9am - 1pm
31 December 2018 9am - 4pm
01 January  2019  11am - 4pm

Call an operator

+39 06 69896.1

From Monday to Friday

9 AM - 1 PM and 2 PM - 5:30 PM (CEST)



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