San Giovanni in Laterano ~ Papal Archbasilica of St. John in the Lateran

About San Giovanni in Laterano

One of 4 Papal Basilicas, this Roman Catholic Church is owned by the Holy See, even though it is not within the Vatican State territory. It is the oldest and highest ranking of all Roman Catholic churches and therefore has received the title, Archbasilica. The Bishop of this church is the current serving Pope. Originally dedicated to Christ the Saviour, it was also dedicated to St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist centuries later. 

General Information

Address: Piazza di S. Giovanni in Laterano, 4, 00184 Rome

Telephone: +390669886493


*Webite is in Italian only

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Prices and Where to Purchase Tickets




Everyone: €2

Purchase tickets at the Basilica

Public Transportation

Metro A – San Giovanni Stop

Several buses stop along Piazza di San Giovanni in Laterano.

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Hours of Operation


7 am to 6:30 pm – Daily 


9 am to 6 pm – Daily

Museum of the Basilica

10 am to 3:30 pm – Daily

Useful Information

Dress conservatively – thin strapped shirts and short shorts are prohibited. As an alternative, carry a scarf to cover your shoulders and legs while visiting the Basilica.

There are many vendors around Rome that sell cheap scarves.

Photography may not be permitted in some areas.

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