Guided tour of the Lateran Palace and Open Bus Vatican&Rome Daily

In one of the historic districts of the city, adjacent to St. John Lateran Basilica, the "Mater et Caput" of all the churches of Rome and the world, stands the Lateran Palace, the Papal seat and official residence of the Popes for many centuries.

Damaged several times over the centuries, by earthquakes, raids and invasions, and punctually restored, it was devastated by a fire in 1308: thus, upon the return of the papacy to Rome in 1377 after the ‘Avignon exile’  the popes fixed their residence at the Vatican. Although it is no longer inhabited, it will continue to keep intact its prerogative of Patriarchium, that is the House of the Bishop of Rome, in fact, all the popes elected to the throne of Peter have always celebrated their taking of possession in St. John Lateran Basilica

Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano


€ 32,00


About 2 hours



It is possible to access the site from Piazza di Porta San Giovanni, right next to the entrance of the Basilica, in small groups, accompanied by the wise guide of the Missionaries of Divine Revelation

At the end of the guided tour you will be able to discover the Eternal City aboard our Vatican&Rome Open Buses. Comfortably seated, you can enjoy a fantastic panoramic tour and use the audio-guide system in eight languages that will accompany you on your visit. You will learn about events that have made history, you will learn anecdotes and you will appreciate the most beautiful views of the capital.

You can take advantage of the Hop On Hop Off formula which will allow you to get off and on at each stop for the whole day.

The advantages

With just one ticket you can visit the Papal Apartments of the Lateran Palace and discover Rome aboard our Vatican&Rome Open Buses

  • Guaranteed access to the Lateran Palace and reservation 
  • Show your ticket for the Vatican&Rome Open Bus on your smartphone
  • Show your ticket directly on your smartphone and start the visit
  • Our Staff Support

What is included

  • Entrance and guided tour of the Lateran Palace
  • Earphones
  • Open Bus Vatican&Rome Hop On Hop Off Daily ticket
  • Booking and management costs

What is not included

  • Audio guide of the Lateran Complex
  • Guided tour of St. John Lateran Basilica, the Cloister and Sancta Sanctorum
  • Entrance to the Cloister and Sancta Sanctorum
  • Anything not expressly indicated in "What is included"




Lateran Palace guided Tour

To visit the Lateran Palace it will be necessary to show up at least 15 minutes before the booking time and show the QR code directly at the entrance, Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano, next to the main entrance of St. John Lateran Basilica

  • Reservation is mandatory
  • Available languages: Italian, other languages ​​on request
  • Visits available: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 
  • Closed: Wednesdays, Sundays and Vatican holidays

Open Bus Vatican & Rome

  • Languages ​​available on board: Italian, English, Spanish, German, French, Portuguese, Polish, Russian
  • Availability of the service: every day from Monday to Sunday
  • Duration and Times: A complete tour takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  • Frequency 90 minutes If you want to know the TIMETABLE click here

How to get

  • Metro: line A, San Giovanni stop (5 minutes walk from the station)
  • Open Bus Vatican & Rome: Stop n ° 10 San Giovanni in Laterano

Points of interest

Hall of Samuel

A large coat of arms of Pope Sixtus V adorns the center of the vault of this room, surrounded by four episodes from the life of the prophet Samuel who, born of a sterile mother, is the initiator of the series of the kings of Israel "by anointing", with Saul as first king, then succeeded by David.

Hall of David

On the vault of this room, elegantly divided by rich gilded stuccos, five episodes from the life of King David are illustrated, from whose lineage Joseph, the putative father of Jesus, descends.

Hall of Elia

In the vault of this room, instead, five episodes from the life of the prophet Elijah are represented, who as narrated in the Book of Kings who performed several miracles that anticipated those of our Lord Jesus Christ, among which the multiplication of flour and oil and the resurrection of a widow's son.

Hall of Daniel

Also the vault of this room, which is the largest of the Pontifical Representative Apartment, has a decoration divided into five large compartments, where we find depicted some episodes from the life of Daniel, the last of the four great prophets who anticipated the coming of Christ.

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