Rome Walking Tour of Holy Sites: Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem, San Giovanni in Laterano and Scala Santa

Rome, Italy

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Seek out the religious gems of Rome on a 2-hour, small-group walking tour. In a group that’s limited to just 15 people, you’ll visit the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano, the Scala Santa, and the Basilica of the Holy Cross with a guide. Hear stories about the sacred relics inside the monuments, and discover a side of Rome that many visitors miss.
  • 2-hour walking tour of Rome’s holy sites
  • Learn about the relics inside the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano
  • Visit Scala Santa, the holy steps from Jerusalem
  • Discover Renaissance frescoes inside the Basilica of the Holy Cross
  • See relics that are believed to be from the Holy Cross
  • Enjoy personalized attention in a small group of just 15 people

Local guide
Private tour
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Piazza di San Giovanni in Laterano, Roma RM, Italy

Departure Time

4:30 PM

Return Details

Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem, Piazza di S. Croce in Gerusalemme, 00185 Roma RM, Italy
Meet your guide at 4:30pm in Rome’s Piazza San Giovanni, and set off on foot to discover some of the capital’s religious treasures.

Your first stop is the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano, Rome’s official cathedral and one of the city’s oldest places of worship. The monumental basilica is home to a wealth of art and relics, so listen to your guide to hear the stories behind the sights.

Pass by the ancient city walls and one of the world’s tallest Egyptian obelisks, then pause at the Scala Santa, a sacred marble staircase that’s set within a chapel building. Hear tales of the steps, which are believed to date back to biblical times, and learn how they were brought from the Holy Land to Italy by St. Helena.

Continue to the Basilica of the Holy Cross where vibrant Renaissance frescoes abound, and see remnants from the Holy Cross such as the nails and thorns among other revered relics. Your tour ends at this basilica, at roughly 6:30pm.
Stop At:  
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Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Scala Santa and Chapel of San Lorenzo
The Scala Santa is the ladder ascended by Jesus to reach the classroom where he was subjected to the interrogation of Pontius Pilate before the crucifixion.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Basilica di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme
This church was built starting from the fourth century in the place where were the buildings of Sant'Elena, the mother of Emperor Constantine
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano
It is the first of the four major papal basilicas and the oldest and most important Western basilica
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Food and drinks are not allowed in the churches, except for water
  • Comfortable shoes are recommended
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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