Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano

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Rome: City Highlights, Vatican Pass and Free Transport

1. Rome: City Highlights, Vatican Pass and Free Transport

Make your stay in Rome an unforgettable and unique experience with the 3-day OMNIA Vatican Card and Roma Pass. It’s actually 2 passes rolled into one. Roma Pass grants you free entry to 2 out of 5 top attractions plus discounts at a further 30 top sights and a travel card. The OMNIA Vatican Card allows entry to all top sights in Vatican City plus a 3-day hop-on hop-off bus tour. You will also receive a free guidebook and map to help you plan your itinerary as well as dedicated itineraries that allow you to explore the city at your own pace. The OMNIA Card includes: • Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel - advanced reservation needed (instructions on the confirmation voucher) • Entrance to the Basilica of St. John in the Lateran and cloister with multimedia audio-guide • Entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica including multilingual audio-guide app - advanced reservation needed (instructions on the confirmation voucher) • Carcer Tullianum / Mamertine Prison (St Peter's Prison) - advanced reservations required (instructions on the confirmation voucher) • Vox City Guide app • Open Bus Vatican and Rome / Roma Cristiana The Roma Pass includes free admission to 2 of the following attractions (adult tickets only): • Capitoline Museums • Castel Sant'Angelo • The Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill - advanced reservation needed (instructions on the confirmation voucher) • Borghese Gallery - advanced reservation needed (instructions on the confirmation voucher) It also includes price reductions to many museums and attractions, including the following: Museums: • Castel Sant'Angelo National Museum • National Roman Museum – Palazzo Massimo alle Terme • National Roman Museum – Palazzo Altemps • National Roman Museum – Crypta Balbi • National Roman Museum – Baths of Diocletian • National Gallery in Palazzo Barberini • Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia • Musei Capitolini • Centrale Montemartini • National Museum of Oriental Art • MACRO - Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Roma • MAXXI - National Museum of XXI Century Arts • Planetarium and astronomical museum Attractions: • Trajan's Market • Palazzo Valentini – Archaeological Area of the Domus Romane • Ara Pacis Roma Cristiana Open Bus Tour. This panoramic hop-on hop-off bus tour stops at: 1. Saint Peter's Basilica 2. Piazza Navona 3. Santa Maria ad Martyres Pantheon 4. Santa Maria in Aracoeli 5. Termini Central Station 6. Santa Maria Maggiore 7. San Giovanni - Holy Stairs 8. Colosseum - Roman Forum 9. Circus Maximus 10. Tiber Island 11. Palazzo Farnese

Capitoline Museum Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour

2. Capitoline Museum Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour

On this 3-hour tour you’ll meet your guide at the top of the stairs of the St. Mary of Aracoeli Basilica, where you’ll begin your amazing journey through the history of the Capitoline Hill complex, including the Capitoline Museum and St. Mary of Aracoeli Basilica. Your professional guide will tell you how the construction on Capitoline Hill began, and how Michelangelo was commissioned by Pope Paul III to design the square. The first square of modern Rome was created by the genius of Michelangelo, rising on the Capitoline Hill, on the site of an old village and the place dedicated to numerous temples to the Roman deities. Step inside Santa Maria in Ara Coeli, built on the ruins of the Tempio di Giunone Moneta. Its name derives from a legend according to which a sibyl predicted the coming of the son of God, saying: Haec est ara filii Dei. This is the highest peak of the Campidoglio Hill. Visit the Capitoline Museum founded by Pope Sixtus IV, and admire paintings by Caravaggio and other masters. From the top of the hill, you’ll have a panoramic view of Rome that includes the domes of Sant'Andrea della Valle and San Pietro.

Rome: Highlights Vespa Tour with Coffee and Gelato

3. Rome: Highlights Vespa Tour with Coffee and Gelato

Explore Rome like a local on this guided Vespa tour. See Saint Peter's Square, the imposing Colosseum, the Tiber River, and the famous Trevi Fountain. Enjoy panoramic views, and relax with a refreshing gelato and a delicious Italian coffee. Meet your guide outside your hotel, and drive along the quaint cobblestone streets to the Colosseum and the lesser-known Mouth of Truth. Stop to refuel with a coffee and a gelato, then continue to Palatine Hill. Enjoy views of picturesque pines and ruins of the enormous Circus Maximus. Drive past Saint Peter’s Square and the biggest church in the world, St. Peter's Basilica. See the ancient Castel Sant’Angelo, a private mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian and his family dating from the 2nd century.  Zip along the Tiber River and see the iconic Trevi Fountain. Toss a coin into the elegant Baroque pool to ensure you come back to Rome. Return to your hotel having seen all the important sights of Rome.

Rome: The Archbasilica of St. John in Lateran

4. Rome: The Archbasilica of St. John in Lateran

The Lateran complex consists of several high interest sites: the Basilica, the Cloister and the Treasure Museum, the Baptistery and the Holy Stairs, which contain the casket of the Chapel of the Sancta Sanctorum. This special ticket allows you to easily access the complex and visit all the points of interest in around 2 hours with a multilingual audio-guide system. You will begin your visit by visiting the basilica with the cloister and the Treasure Museum, before then proceeding outside the church to the baptistery which is located in the square behind. During the second half of your tour, you will visit the building of the Holy Stairs, which is located on the right of the basilica, and admire the Chapel of the Sancta Sanctorum. If you only have one hour, you can visit the basilica and its cloister first, followed by the Holy Stairs and Sancta Sanctorum.

Rome: Half-Day Semiprivate Christian Tour

5. Rome: Half-Day Semiprivate Christian Tour

Discover Rome and explore the sites that have made this city the center of Christianity. Relive this ancient history walking through the impressive Papal Basilicas, places where history, faith and art blend together through the lives of popes, saints and artists. You can visit the Basilica of St. Paul outside the Walls, with its beautiful medieval cloister, then move on to the first basilica in Rome, St. John Lateran, the place of the agreements between the political powers and the power of the church. Continue your journey in Catholicism at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the most important of the Roman churches dedicated to the Virgin Mary, with many mosaics and decorations. At the end, admire the elegance and the artistic and architectural majesty of St. Peter's Basilica and the masterpieces of Bernini and Michelangelo.

Rome: Lateran Palace Official Guided Tour

6. Rome: Lateran Palace Official Guided Tour

Join a guided tour to discover the inside of the majestic papal residence that played a key role in the history of the Church. Skip the line and immerse yourself in the spiritual beauty of this complex in southeast Rome. Once inside, your local guide will guide you through the main rooms of the Lateran Palace, such as the Hall of the Popes and the Hall of the Emperors. Make your way through the residence as you admire the frescoed vaults and magnificent ceilings. Continue your way towards the private apartment of the Bishop of Rome. Tapestries of fine workmanship, paintings of the great masters, and precious antique furniture will surprise you at every step. Finally, discover the Lateran Basilica through the stories of the great Prophets and Apostles.

Rome: Lateran Complex and Holy Stairs Guided Walking Tour

7. Rome: Lateran Complex and Holy Stairs Guided Walking Tour

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.  

Rome: 3-hour E-Bike Rental with Optional Attraction Combo

8. Rome: 3-hour E-Bike Rental with Optional Attraction Combo

Spend 3 hours exploring Rome on your own by bike. Upgrade your cycling adventure with a virtual reality experience at the Circus Maximus or with entrance to the Baths of Caracalla, Castel Sant'Angelo, the Catacombs, or the Trevi Underground. Find fun for all ages with optional infant seats and child-sized bikes. Circus Maximum Virtual Reality Experience Combo Add a ticket to your bike rental and relive the ancient splendors of the Circus Maximus. Put on your VR headset and go on a 40-minute, time-traveling journey back to the imperial period of Rome through augmented and virtual reality. See one of the most important monuments in Roman history, the Circus Maximus, in all its historic phases. Experience this groundbreaking project, which uses interactive display technologies that have never before been used in such an extended outdoor area.  see how images of the past are overlapped onto the present day. See the virtual reconstruction of the Arch of Titus in its full, former height. Baths of Caracalla Entrance Ticket Combo Opt to combine your bicycle rental with an entrance ticket to one of the largest and best-preserved ancient spa complexes. Learn about how the spa was constructed in 216 A.D., its many baths and rooms, and its several reconstructions before its closure in 537 A.D. Put yourself in the shoes of a Roman and imagine yourself relaxing and studying in the spa. Walk under enormous archways and, thanks to the rare, well-preserved condition of the ruins, imagine mosaic floors, marble columns, and corridors lined with statues Castel Sant'Angelo Entrance Ticket with Audioguide Combo  Combine your 3-hour E-bike rental with the Castel Sant'Angelo visit with an audioguide. Discover the history of this ancient fortress, and admire the paintings and statues. Marvel at the breathtaking views of the city from the terrace.  Catacombs Guided Tour Combo Combine your 3-hour E-bike rental with a tour of the Catacombs. Explore the Appian way to reach the venue. From your guide, hear about the fascinating history and secrets surrounding the extensive tunnels with tombs.  Trevi Underground Guided Tour Combo Combine your E-bike rental with an exclusive guided tour of the Trevi Underground. Admire the ruins dating all the way back to Ancient Rome. Discover all the secrets from your professional archeologist guide.

Rome: The Passion of Jesus Private Guided Tour

9. Rome: The Passion of Jesus Private Guided Tour

Embark on a 3.5-hour private guided tour with a focus on the spirituality of Rome and some of the churches linked to the Passion of Jesus. Start out at the Basilica of Santa Prassede, where you’ll see a relic of the pillar of the flogging, a segment of the column upon which Jesus was flogged before his crucifixion. Mentioned in 3 of the canonical gospels, this relic was brought to Rome during the Middle Ages. Next is a visit to the amazing Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. This is the largest Marian Church in Rome and is home to a piece of wood said to come from the crib of Jesus. Move on to the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, the first of the 4 papal basilicas to be built, and the Cathedral of Rome. See the Scala Sancta, or Holy Stairs. These are the steps leading up to Pilate's headquarter in Jerusalem, on which Jesus stepped before he was sentenced to death. To gain the plenary Indulgence, believers climb the steps on their knees. Nearby is the Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem. It was built in the 4th century A.D. to preserve the relics brought to Rome by St. Helen, the mother of Constantine. Several relics are preserved in the Cappella delle Reliquie. See the panel that hung on Christ's cross, 2 thorns from his crown, and 3 pieces of his cross.

Christian Rome and Underground Basilicas 3-Hour Tour

10. Christian Rome and Underground Basilicas 3-Hour Tour

Enjoy a half-day walking tour of Christian Rome and discover underground treasures in some of the most sensational churches. Your guide will tell you fascinating facts along the way, leading you to the ancient Basilica of San Clemente, and the Cathedral of St. John in the Lateran Palace. Start at the Basilica of San Clemente, the only church in Rome to be built on 3 different levels. Constructed from the 1st to the 12th centuries, 2 underground floors can now be explored, including the Altar of Mithras from the 1st century. Continue to the church of the Santi Quattro Coronati, devoted to 4 anonymous saints and martyrs. In 2002, an extraordinary series of frescoes was uncovered depicting scenes from the Zodiac, Four Seasons, Liberal Arts, and King Solomon. Follow the story of the Emperor Constantine and Pope Sylvester in the Chapel of St. Sylvester, where it is said the famous Constitutum Constantini (Donation of Constantine) took place. End your tour at the Cathedral of Rome, also known as the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran. The oldest of the 4 Papal Basilicas, St. John Lateran boasts a splendid façade, but it’s the Scala Sancta (Holy Stairs) that will catch your eye.

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What people are saying about Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano

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You HAVE to take this tour! I have visited Rome several times and did the same old tours and I learned more and had more fun on the vespa tour then any time prior. We had the most knowledgeable, fun and cutest guide(I can say that because I'm old) ever; you must request Cesare. He showed us things and answered all of our questions. He let us shop the local paintings and just enjoy our surroundings instead of hustling us through like cattle. He bought us some ice cream and a drink of our choosing. I was so impressed with him I decided that I am going to cancel my tour bookings this summer and book with him. Not only is he amazing but his mom is as well, it is family owned which makes it even better. She will contact you on locations, which they are very flexible, and answer any questions that you may have.

Great way to spend a morning. Took us to see many of Rome's less well known but no less worh seeing sites. Places you wouldn't normally go but really should. Roberto was a knowledgeable and engaging guide, who loves Rome. I really do recommend seeing Rome by vespa.

Eric (our guide) did a great job describing the catacombs, their purpose and their history. I had been to this catacomb before and enjoyed visiting again!

This was such a fun tour and the perfect way to end our trip! Enrico was amazing and helped her in and out at each stop.

Brilliant tour with a very knowledgeable and fun guide. A great way to see the city!