Guided Tour to Lateran Palace and Open Bus 24h

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  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Priority access
  • Priority access
  • Mobile Ticket

What to expect?

  • Visit one of the most famous sites in Rome, the historical seat of the pope
  • Join us for a Hop On Hop Off formula on Open Bus to discover Rome
  • Skip the line and don't waste your time

Historical Baroque palace

The Lateran Palace was the seat of the popes from the 4th century until the temporary transfer of the papal capital to Avignon in 1309, at which time the Lateran was the center of the Catholic Church. After the return of the popes to Rome in 1377, the official residence of the popes was moved to the Vatican, but the Lateran remained an important center of the church - popes were crowned here until 1870.
The palace owes its current shape to Domenico Fonatana, who was commissioned by Pope Sixtus V in 1586 to build a new palace as a summer papal residence. The original papal residence, built in the 4th century, was severely damaged in a fire and fell into disrepair. The Baroque palace now houses the offices of the Diocese of Rome (of which the Pope is bishop). It was also the site of the historic meeting that led to the signing of the Lateran Treaties in 1929, which established the boundaries of the Vatican and settled relations with the Italian state.

At the end of the guided tour you will be able to discover the Eternal City aboard our Open Bus. The Hop On Hop Off formula is a great opportunity to get off and on whenever and wherever you want and discover the Eternal City the way you want.

On board we offer you high comfort, fantastic panoramic tour and 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 breathtaking views of the capital.

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 fees

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" section

Available options

  • Guided tour of the Lateran Palace available in: Italian (other languages ​​on request)
  • Languages ​​available on board: Italian, English, Spanish, German, French, Portuguese, Polish, Russian

Price redeuctions

Reduced Ticket:

  • Children aged 6-17 years (valid identity document needed)

Free Ticket:

  • Children up to 5 years old (valid identity document needed)

Meeting Point

To remember

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