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What you should know about San Giovanni

At the heart of the Eternal City, the historical treasures of San Giovanni stand testament to Rome’s rich and varied past, providing a spectacular backdrop that perfectly offsets the city’s cosmopolitan ambience. Boasting everything from the world’s oldest Roman Catholic church to local markets and modern stores, this delightful district showcases the best the city has to offer. Along with its impressive history, San Giovanni exudes a modern and authentic community vibe—meaning travelers to this neighborhood can enjoy a true taste of Rome, both past and present.

Hotels in San Giovanni

With options ranging from upscale style to the best in budget accommodation, hotels in San Giovanni have something to suit every taste. Check out the 4-star Best Western Cinemusic Hotel, in close proximity to cultural highlights like the Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, or enjoy 3-star comfort near the Baths of Caracella at the Hotel Appia 442. If you’re on a budget, the Hotel Roi is a top-rated San Giovanni budget hotel that’s located just a short distance from the Colosseum, placing travelers at the heart of the action without breaking the bank.

Things to see in San Giovanni

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the bustling San Giovanni district with a stroll down Via Appia Nuova, one of the most popular shopping streets in the area and the ideal place to pick up a souvenir of your Italian getaway. Visit the famous Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, the oldest basilica in Rome, and be sure to look up as you enter to see the spectacular ceiling decorated in real gold. The Santa Scala, or Holy Stairs, are another must-see. These 28 steps are reputed to have been climbed by Jesus on his way to be tried in the palace of Pontius Pilate, and were brought from Jerusalem to Rome in the 4th century. Shoppers should check out the popular second-hand market on Via Sannio, held every day except Sunday; keep an eye out for designer clothing at bargain prices amidst the usual array of souvenirs and trinkets.

Good for history enthusiasts

Rome is steeped in history, and a vacation in San Giovanni places you at the heart of some of the city’s most significant historical sites. Soak up the past at the Baths of Caracalla, built in the 3rd century, and visit the Sancta Sanctorum, or Chapel of San Lorenzo, for a close-up look at some of Christianity’s most precious relics. For the ultimate historical experience, take a trip back in time at the Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano, where you can journey deep beneath the building to discover structures dating back to 100 AD.

How to get to San Giovanni

Fly into one of Rome’s 2 international airports, Fiumicino (Leonardo da Vinci) or Ciampino, and take a pre-booked shuttle or licensed taxi for a quick 30-minute drive to your San Giovanni accommodation. Alternatively, take the Leonardo Express train from Fiumicino Airport, or jump on the COTRAL bus at Ciampino, to get to the central Termini Station. From there, change to metro line A to San Giovanni. A network of taxis, metro trains, and ATAC trams and buses makes getting around San Giovanni a breeze, while renting a Vespa or simply strolling through the cobblestone streets will also take you around the neighborhood with ease.

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