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“Put a day aside!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano

Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano
Piazza di Porta San Giovanni, 4, 00184 Rome, Italy (Esquilino)
06.698.86433
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Ranked #1 of 1,442 things to do in Rome
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Known to be the first church in Christendom, this church belongs to the Vatican and has the privileges of extraterritoriality.
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“Put a day aside!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

About a 10-15minute walk from the Coliseum is this beautiful Basilica, as the title suggests, i would defiantly put a day aside to visit, hands down one of the best attractions on my trip!

After walking around the various Chapels, we strolled across the road to the Scala Santa and Sancta Sanctorum, and seeing the 16th century crucifix was a highlight!

Finally again a short little walk away is the Baptistery, a must must visit, (personally my favourite part of the whole day), beautiful artwork tells wonderful stories! (see picture)

I'd recommend getting the audio guide sometimes they're a bit hit and miss but this was a iPod with earphones and was by far the best audio-guide i experienced in Rome!

No wonder The Catholic Church call it "The Mother of All Churches"....

Visited August 2012
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“Another Basillica !”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

When you think you are all "churched out" and do not want to visit another, then take a break and go visit San Giovanni in Laterano. The architecture and paintings are amazing. And you get to see some Caravaggio's too! Take some time to sit and contemplate in one of the many side aisles. It is spiritually uplifting.

Visited March 2013
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“Lovely cathedral to visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

About a 10 minute walk from the Colosseum, well worth the visit. Large and beautifully decorated, it's a real sight to see

Visited February 2013
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“Cathedral of Rome”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

Easy to get to, we caught the Metro to San Giovanni.
You must place this on your must see list, make sure you spend time in the cathedral of Rome, very well worth a visit.

Visited February 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

The size completely blew me away, beautiful, easy to get to using the hop-on, hop-off buses. Well worth a visit.

Visited February 2013
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