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Scala Santa and Chapel of San Lorenzo

#121 of 2,034 things to do in Rome
Closed Now: 6:00 AM - 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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For centuries, the Scala Santa has attracted Christian pilgrims and visitors who wished to honor the Passion of Christ. Tradition says that originally the Holy Stairs led to the praetorium, or judgment hall, of Pontius Pilate's palace in Jerusalem...more
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Piazza di San Giovanni in Laterano 14, 00184 Rome, Italy
+39 06 772 6641
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here few years ago This time we took metro from Ottavio station on really hot day Upon arrival we discovered the scale era non funzione- under construction Oh well. People were nice & we found a great little place for lunch nearby!

1  Thank jeff b
Reviewed 12 August 2018

A moving and memorial experience. The Church is as spectacular as The Vatican, serene. Beautiful location. A must see 😇

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Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Before heading to Rome, I had never heard of the Scala Santa (Holy Stairs). It is housed in a lovely chapel across the street from St. John Lateran. It is said that this Holy Staircase are the steps that Christ walked up on his way...More

1  Thank ExpoNationals
Reviewed 20 July 2018

We had one day in Rome on a boat cruise during October 2017, and one of the highlights was visiting the Pontifical Sanctuary of the Holy Stairs (Pontificio Santuario della Scala Santa). The Holy Stairs lead to the Church of St Lawrence (Chiesa di San...More

1  Thank WilmaL334
Reviewed 10 July 2018

I climbed up the stairs on my knees, which was incredibly painful and it took a very long time. I recommend brining a cushion (like you'd use in the garden) to protect your knees. Once you get to the top, you can shop in the...More

1  Thank idyllicpursuit
Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

The person at the desk is so rude. I definitely did not expect this from someone at a religious place. I’m very disappointed since I was really looking forward to visiting this place.

1  Thank bertha s
Reviewed 20 May 2018 via mobile

I knew nothing about this and chanced upon it after visiting San Giovanni de Laterano. The frescoes around the holy stairs are under renovation ( for the whole of 2018) and the whole staircase is boarded off. There were a few devout believers who climbed...More

2  Thank A Y
Reviewed 11 May 2018

Rather disappointing that the stairs were closed for renovation but still worth a visit. Do go upstairs as there are some fantastic paintings on the ceiling and a chapel to visit.

1  Thank meandmybloke
Reviewed 17 April 2018

We called in here as it was raining heavily outside. Worth a visit. If you are planning on climbing the stairs on your knees then be advised that the Scala Sancta are currently closed for renovation and there is a replacement stair case approved by...More

3  Thank ClaireP2073
Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

A holy destination but the outside and the steps are closed for renovation. You can use the steps next to the holy steps to pray on your knees. It is painful because they are solid marble.

2  Thank VanillaAce
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Michele L
22 October 2017|
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Response from JellyrollsKaren | Reviewed this property |
I took the subway to San Giovanni and walked from there. I had a bit of a tough time finding it, though. I even went into a store and asked some of the workers, and they had no idea what I was even talking about. Look for... More
3 March 2016|
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Response from Mike K | Reviewed this property |
Don't know exact hours, but sure it is open all day.
Jaz G
14 December 2015|
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Response from Jesse N | Reviewed this property |
I don't know about Easter week, but we had a family of 14 there at about 10am on a weekday and we walked right in without a wait.