Porta San Giovanni

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  • Address: Piazza di Porta San Giovanni, 00185 Roma, Italy, Rome
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 00:15 Mins
  • Tags: Walking Area, Ancient Ruin, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Architecture

Porta San Giovanni - Review

This ancient structure is essentially a gate which is in the Roman Aurelian Wall. The gate derives its name from the Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano or the Basilica of St. John in Laterano which is situated nearby.

The architecture is of a singular grand arch style and was dedicated originally to Pope Gregory XIII. Some popular stories regarding this arch states that the architect who designed and built it died in front of the gate of indigestion. It is also mentioned that the indigestion was brought about by watermelons.

The striking aspect about the architecture of the gate is that it does not bear any of the standard components that are visible in other gates of the city walls such as, battlements, ramparts and other defense mechanisms. This arch is rather welcoming and homely in contradiction. 

How To reach Porta San Giovanni by Public Transport

  • San Giovanni station
  • Line A

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  • Il Gelataccio – Gelateria
  • desserts Sensus Restaurant – Soup kitchen
  • Mediterranean
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  • Porta San Giovanni Address: Piazza di Porta San Giovanni, 00185 Roma, Italy, Rome
  • Porta San Giovanni Timing: 24-hrs
  • Porta San Giovanni Price: Free
  • Time required to visit Porta San Giovanni: 00:15 Mins
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Things to Know Before Visiting Porta San Giovanni

  • 13.85% of people who visit Rome include Porta San Giovanni in their plan

  • 33.83% of people start their Porta San Giovanni visit around 11 AM - 12 PM

  • People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Porta San Giovanni

Monday, Friday and Saturday

80.26% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Porta San Giovanni

People normally club together Basilica Di Santa Maria Maggiore and Arcibasilica Di San Giovanni In Laterano while planning their visit to Porta San Giovanni.

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  • The BEST church in Rome!! From outside, you would think just another church with fancy ceiling art work. WRONG! The moment I walked in..... only one word to describe ... "WOW"!!! Inside is just like a museum! Many different rooms for services. There is a self-guided tour outside courtyard with small fee. There are different statues inside the church. The detail of all the decorations are fascinating. There is gifts shop inside the church. I know... it is so commercial. That is why I said it is more like a museum than church. If you only have time to see one church, THIS GOT TO BE IT!! You will not regret, after seeing this church, all other churches won't impress you anymore.

  • The Apostolic statues, the quiet apses (radiating chapels) on both sides of the nave, the beautifully ornamented altar and Byzantine-style mosaics, dome paintings, treasury room and cloister... this Basilica never fails to amaze the beholder wherever one is in this spiritual complex. This is an essential part of the history and legacy of the Papal State that you should not miss when visiting Rome! Conveniently located near the San Giovanni underground station.

  • The Cathedral of St John Lateran has some of the most amazing paintings and the murals reach right up to the domed ceiling. The statues inside are also impeccable. The volume of the space in the entrance hall marbled out from wall to wall makes it an impressive space for great pictures. The light shining through the dome above the alter plays on the walls and paintings making it stand out. The way that the paintings and statues are placed on the domed ceiling makes one feel as if the church is suspended by heaven.

  • When we went there on a Thursday, it was quiet and there were not many people so we could really slow down and enjoy everything in there. We really enjoyed it. It's not as grand as St Peter's, but it has its own charm.

  • Splendid sacred art and architecture befitting the seat of the Holy Father in Rome. Magnificent larger-than-life sculptures of the 12 Apostles line the nave. Easily accessible from San Giovanni train station. Across the road are the Scala Sancta (Holy Stairs) which Jesus ascended for his trial with Pilate. Out the back of the Basilica is a large court -- there was a communist fair going on when I was there.

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