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Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano

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Address: Piazza di Porta San Giovanni, 4, 00184 Rome, Italy
Phone Number: 06.698.86433
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Description: Known to be the first church in Christendom, this church belongs to the...
Known to be the first church in Christendom, this church belongs to the Vatican and has the privileges of extraterritoriality.
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Like almost all Basilica in Rome, Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano is very interesting with lots of history and especially beautiful! Take your time, look around and be... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Like almost all Basilica in Rome, Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano is very interesting with lots of history and especially beautiful! Take your time, look around and be amazed!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Set aside a few hours to visit the original Papal church of Rome. It is quite fascinating (rent the audio for a donation) as well as being beautiful. It is just a short walk past the Colosseum to the square which houses this magnificent building. We also bought a ticket to enter the Cloister which was well worth the very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

amazing, graceful ... every moment I felt that God really was present and gave his blessing to build this wonderful Christian temple ... a large and serene. One of the most beautiful basilicas which I visited

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Absolutely amazing ! Totally unforgettable, Don't miss this for anything. And pay the extra euro for the cloister and other areas. Well worth it. It's an easy walk with lots to take in on the way. Don't miss the Pope's church ! No lines, and the most beautiful sites. Highly under rated now, go while you can

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

We had chosen a walk from a guide book which led down from Sannta Maria Maggiore to this Basilica. This is a huge building and quite different to Santa Maria Maggiore. There is a long chapel with the Papal Throne in it. The layout seemed quite unusual but very interesting. We parted with 10€ to visit the Cloisters but were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Long lines to entre but is the prive to know one of the most importants museums in old world. Take a look specially in the Atenas school. And study previously about this painting and is relación whit the philosopy.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

One of the 4 main basilicas in Rome, this is the official Church of the Bishop of Rome (Pope). Originally built by the Emperor Constantine has being rebuilt many a times, is an impressive structure with a very beautiful interior. The main landmark here is the Gothic structure at the altar which contains relics of St. Peter and Paul. Also... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

the church is simply fascinating! Pity that it is always surrounded by annoying foreigners who keep forcing you to buy their stuff

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

really worth the visit, for me one of the top 5 churches in rome. when you are by the statues, if you are 2 try this is funny: one goes to one side and the other to the other (with the statues in between) try to talk to the wall and see if the other gets your voice on the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

A Holy and historical place. it is a must after the Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican, Impressive with very interesting architecture, marble statues and and old paintings. we came walking and went back with the Bus 85 that goes to Termini.

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Monti is Rome’s rebel yell. This neighborhood just west of Termini train station mixes grit with fun as it continues to fight for its reputation as a magnet for the artsy, alternative, and hipster. Every season, quirky boutiques and food spots sprout up on its cobblestone streets. The neighborhood supports unique and homegrown businesses that cater to its longtime residents as well as hipsters on the hunt. Hang out at Piazza della Madonna dei Monti anytime after lunch and you'll always find something going on.