The Lateran Palace: The House of the Bishop of Rome - Guided Tour

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.


€ 18,00


1 hour aproximately



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.

The advantages

  • Guaranteed access and reservation
  • Show your ticket directly on your smartphone and start the visit
  • Our Staff suport


  • Entrance and guided tour of the Lateran Palace in the chosen language
  • Earphones for the visit
  • Booking and management costs

Not included

  • Guided tour of the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano, the Cloister and the Sancta Sanctorum
  • Entrance to the Sancta Sanctorum
  • Everything not expressly indicated in the "included" section

Information and reception

Opening days:

Date and time of your visit can be pre-booked. The site respects the following opening hours:

  • from Monday to Saturday, 09:00 - 16:00 (closed on Sunday and religious holidays)


  • Accessibility to the visit route is guaranteed (the museum route can be reached via a monumental staircase and is equipped with a system of lifts for those with significant mobility difficulties)

Guided tour booking times:

  • Guided tours in Italian from Monday to Saturday at 3:00pm 
  • Guided tours in English from Monday to Saturday at 3:00pm

How to get there by public transport

  • 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 Daniel

It is the largest room in the papal apartment and takes its name from the depictions on the vault, which, divided into five compartments, presents episodes from the life of Daniel, the last of the four great prophets who anticipated the coming of Christ.

Private Apartment

The private apartment consists of four very austere furnished rooms: dining room, bedroom with bathroom, library and antechamber, and the Chapel. In his private rooms, the Supreme Pontiff is reminded that he is a poor priest, a priest in the service of God and His Church: Servus servorum Dei

Private Chapel

The ceilings are from the Sistine age and the victorious theme of the Resurrection of Our Lord is celebrated. The rich majolica floor, with a vaguely Renaissance taste, belongs to modern Italian production and was installed during the profound restoration of the entire Palazzo in the early 1960s.

€ 18,00