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Scala Santa and Chapel of San Lorenzo

#101 of 2,002 things to do in Rome
Closed Now: 6:00 AM - 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Open today: 6:00 AM - 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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For centuries, the Scala Santa has attracted Christian pilgrims and visitors who wished to honor the Passion of Christ. Tradition says that originally the Holy Stairs led to the praetorium, or judgment hall, of Pontius Pilate's palace in Jerusalem...more
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Piazza di San Giovanni in Laterano 14, 00184 Rome, Italy
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I visited the Scala Santa in September 2019. I walked from Piazza di Spagna to San Giovanni in Laterano which took me about 45 minutes. It was a very hot and humid day. Scala Santa is located across the street from San Giovanni in Laterano....More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just amazing being on the very steps that Jesus Christ walked on... Cannot find the words to describe how I felt!

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank 421Chris
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was a good experience climbing up the stairs as a sign of gratitude and my share of small sacrifice for your faithful love.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Mabel T
Reviewed October 6, 2019 via mobile

When we decided to visit the Sancta Scala, I went as a tourist but left moved to tears. I decided, on the spur of the moment, to climb the stairs that Jesus had once ascended, on my knees. If Jesus had suffered so much pain...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed October 5, 2019

It is a nice church, next to the San Giovanni in Laterano. There is a " Scala Sancta". It is an emotional place.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed September 14, 2019 via mobile

The building is plain and unimpressive, standing very close to Archbasilica St John of Laterano. According to legend, Jesus Christ climbed these steps on his way to trial. The stairs were brought to Rome from Jerusalem in the 4th century. They were made of marble,...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed August 7, 2019

We were blessed to see and climb the actual holy stairs (the stairs that Jesus climbed when he was brought to Pontius Pilate) while they were uncovered as they have been covered by wooden stairs to protect them for hundreds of years. The stairs were...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Denise M
Reviewed July 27, 2019

This is a small chapel that was once part of a larger papal complex. It holds the "Scala Sacra" or the "Sacred Stairs". These are the set of stairs from Pontius Pilate's temple and where Jesus is said to have scaled on the day of...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 19, 2019 via mobile

We had the once in a lifetime opportunity to climb the steps on our knees in the original marble. It is free to enter. If you want to see the other sites in the church it’s a small fee. If you plan on visiting Christian...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed July 16, 2019

My wife and I happened to be in Rome when the holy staircase had the wooden cover removed. We were able to climb up the hold stairs on our knees. When we got to the top their was a chapel to the right where mass...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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October 22, 2017|
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Response from JellyrollsKaren | Reviewed this property |
I took the subway to San Giovanni and walked from there. I had a bit of a tough time finding it, though. I even went into a store and asked some of the workers, and they had no idea what I was even talking about. Look for... More
March 3, 2016|
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Response from Mike K | Reviewed this property |
Don't know exact hours, but sure it is open all day.
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December 14, 2015|
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Response from Jesse N | Reviewed this property |
I don't know about Easter week, but we had a family of 14 there at about 10am on a weekday and we walked right in without a wait.