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San GiovanniRome

Discover one of Rome’s most densely populated residential areas and admire a spectacular 4th-century basilica and an Ancient Roman palace.

Find some of Rome’s greatest historic buildings in San Giovanni. Tour the Lateran Palace and the Basilica of St. John Lateran. See a collection of stunning paintings and tapestries in these historic buildings. San Giovanni also has some of the city’s finest shopping areas, with boutique stores and vintage markets. Visit a community market and shop for wine, fresh fruit and vegetables.

Learn the history of the Papal States in the Lateran Palace. This grand building once belonged to Roman noblemen. It became a papal home from the 4th to the 14th centuries. The Lateran Palace now houses the Vatican Historical Museum. Tour the site with a Vatican guide and see fascinating religious documents and artworks.

Visit the Basilica of St. John Lateran, connected to the Lateran Palace and dating back to the early 4th century. Inside, notice the spectacular statues of the Apostles. Look above the sacramental altar to see what is said to be part of the table from Christ’s last supper.

Near the Basilica of St. John Lateran is the Scala Santa, a holy staircase located in the Piazza di Porta San Giovanni. It is believed that Christ ascended these stairs during his trial. See the Porta Asinaria, one of the first gates of the Aurelian Walls of Rome. In the 6th century, the armies of the Goths under Totila entered Rome from this gate and ruthlessly plundered the city.

Walk to Via Sannio and its busy market selling clothing, shoes, leather goods and other items. Shopping in San Giovanni is generally less expensive than in Rome’s more central shopping districts.

San Giovanni is known as a residential area; however, it is filled with religious relics and Roman history. Reach this historic district from the San Giovanni metro station. While in the neighborhood, enjoy a sweet Mont Blanc pastry or a profiterole from a traditional Italian bakery.

Top hotels in San Giovanni

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Bbdelux - Colosseo12
Bbdelux - Colosseo12
Via di Sant'Erasmo 12, Rome
The price is €69 per night

Located in Monti, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Via Appia Nuova Shopping District, Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano and Baths of Caracalla. ...

3.7/5Good! (10 reviews)

"The facilities wrre very good. To be honest the room in the picture looks bigger but still ot was convenient. The TV couldn t be switched on"…"

Reviewed on 16 Sep 2019

Bbdelux - Colosseo12
Relais Merulana Guesthouse
Relais Merulana Guesthouse
via Merulana 191, Rome
The price is €58 per night

Located in Monti, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano and Basilica di Santa Maria ...

Relais Merulana Guesthouse
Imera Rooms
Imera Rooms
10 VIA IMERA, Rome
The price is €30 per night

Located in San Giovanni, this guesthouse is within 1 mile (2 km) of Via Appia Nuova Shopping District, Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano and Baths of Caracalla. ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (5 reviews)

"Buen servicio buena actitud excelente trato, la habitacion pequeña pero comoda, el baño un poco estrecho, buena ubicacion. Lo reconiendo"…"

Reviewed on 18 Oct 2019

Imera Rooms
Casa Via Cesena
Casa Via Cesena
Via Cesena, 29, Floor 6, Apt 20, Rome, RM
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is €79 per night

Located in San Giovanni, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Via Appia Nuova Shopping District and Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano. Colosseum ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (74 reviews)

"The B&B was really clean and staff very helpful and friendly. Close to metro to go anywhere in Rome. Only negative it’s not easy to find on the street"…"

Reviewed on 3 Jul 2019

Casa Via Cesena
Hosting Flats
Hosting Flats
Via Bixio 95, Rome, Lazio

Located in San Giovanni, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II and Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano. Colosseum and Via ...

3.3/5 (10 reviews)
Low cost equals low quality

"The area is not great, the air conditioner leaked and could not be used much. A bug crawled out of the drain, there was mold on the bathroom ceiling. To be fair in a hostel I don't think this is to be totally unexpected."…"

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2016

Hosting Flats
Best Western Hotel President
Best Western Hotel President
4 out of 5
Via Emanuele Filiberto 173, Rome, RM
The price is €74 per night

Located in San Giovanni, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, Colosseum and Via Marsala. Roman Forum and Via Nazionale ...

4.2/5Very Good! (722 reviews)

"Easy access to Metro station. Room had a balcony."…"

Reviewed on 9 Feb 2020

Best Western Hotel President

Popular places to visit in San Giovanni

Colosseum
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Colosseum

4.5/5(1,980 reviews)

A true architectural heavyweight, the 2,000-year-old Colosseum is often considered one of the seven “modern” wonders of the world.

Trevi Fountain
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Trevi Fountain

4.5/5(1,879 reviews)

Rome is a city abundant in world-class water features, but none more stunning, or more famous, than the Trevi Fountain.

Pantheon
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Pantheon

4.5/5(1,593 reviews)

One of ancient Rome’s greatest achievements combines momentous history and inspired architecture.

Top things to do in San Giovanni

The Vatican & Rome Pass with Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
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The Vatican & Rome Pass with Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour

82% of travellers recommend
€130
Per adult
Ancient Appian Way Bicycle Tour
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Ancient Appian Way Bicycle Tour

98% of travellers recommend
€60
Per adult
Tour of Appia Antica, Catacombs and Aqueducts # 3h or 5h
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Tour of Appia Antica, Catacombs and Aqueducts # 3h or 5h

100% of travellers recommend
€69
Per adult
Ravioli and sauce making class from scratch
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Ravioli and sauce making class from scratch

100% of travellers recommend
€70
Per adult
Market tour and Private cooking class with Matteo Ferroni
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Market tour and Private cooking class with Matteo Ferroni

€157
Per adult
Tour of Rome # 4-hours e-Bike or Bike Tour
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Tour of Rome # 4-hours e-Bike or Bike Tour

€55
Per adult

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