Sancta Sanctorum

starting from 8
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Priority access
  • Audioguide available
  • Photos without flash
  • Mobile Ticket

What to expect?

  • Visit the famous Sancta Sanctorum chapel and climb Holy Staircase
  • Skip the line and don't waste your time

Chapel hiding holy relics

The Sancta Sanctorum is a Roman Catholic chapel entered via the Scala Sancta (Holy Staircase) of the Lateran Palace in Rome. It was originally dedicated to Saint Lawrence, and served as the pope's private chapel. The adjective santa, meaning "holy" refers to the multiple relics preserved there.

The chapel can be reached after climbing Scala Sancta (Holy Stairs), 28 marble steps believed to be the steps Jesus Christ climbed on his way to trial during Passion. The stairs are believed to be brought from Jerusalem to Rome by Saint Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine the Great in 326.

What is included?

  • Entry to Sancta Sanctorum and Scala Sancta
  • Optional of your choice: audioguide
  • Booking and management costs

Available options

  • Entrance without audioguide
  • Entrance with audioguide: available in English, Italian, French, Spanish, German

Price reductions

  • Reduced ticket for children aged 6-17
  • Free Ticket for children under 6 years old (It is still required to pay the reservation fee to skip the line; valid identity document needed at the entrance)

Meeting Point

To remember

Opening hours

  • from Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 17:00.
  • Sunday from 15:00 to 17:00