Built in the 9th Century, this ancient basilica crowns the top of the Esquiline Hill. Tons of gold decorate the interior together with impressive mosaics (particularly when the floodlights are turned on), and there is a museum on the premises. If you are in Rome on Corpus Christi (Corpus Domini), which is the Thursday after the 8th Sunday after Easter, an early-evening service is held in San Giovanni by the Pope followed by a procession along Via Merulana to Santa Maria. Good opportunity for a close up view of the Pope.
An indoor market of ancient provenance that recently moved from its longtime outdoor home all the way round the outside of Piazza Vittorio; it is still only a couple of blocks east of the piazza. The mercato is divided into a food section, with good and cheap produce, meat, and fish, and a clothing section, with clothes of all kinds, shoes, luggage, etc. at low prices and generally not fabulous quality. Get there in the morning for food; it's generally closed by afternoon.
This is the cathedral church of Rome and first of the major basilicas. It's also the Pope's (as Bishop of Rome) Church. As such it ranks above all other churches in the Roman Catholic Church, even above St. Peter's. Be sure to check out the fourth century baptistery (still in use - in Piazza di San Giovanni, slightly apart from the main basilica) and the medieval cloister (brilliant Cosmati columns)
A very ancient church named after a saint who was in 1969 removed from the Roman Catholic calendar of saints for the lack of details of her life. But the church retains the name and is well worth visiting for an excellent 4th Century mosaic and attractive decorations on the facade.
Four star hotel, 75 rooms with private bathrooms, bar and restaurant, free internet wi-fi, transfer from Airports, located in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, in the middle of Rione Esquilino, one metro stop from Termini Station and from San Giovanni.
A new dorm style hostel situated just in a 5 minute walking distance from Rome’s central station Termini. The hostel is designed for budget minded backpackers and offers clean and large rooms with a variety of services for backpackers.
The Scala Sancta (Holy Stairs) is, according to Roman Catholic tradition, the staircase used by Jesus Christ to approach Pontius Pilate to be sentenced to death. Attracts numerous pilgrims who climb the stairs on their knees.
Originally constructed to hold relics of the Passion of Jesus. They include two thorns of his crown, part of a nail and three small wooden pieces of the Cross. The authenticity of these relics is much disputed, however.
Good value Sardinian fish restaurant. Seafood antipasto, three pasta dishes, grilled fish and dessert for around Euros 40. Don't try to order, just let them bring it to your table. Excellent Sardinian wines extra.
Ice cream: not as marvelous as Giolitti or San Crispino but still worth trying. Prices are reasonable, quality good. Old ice cream making equipment on display.
This small museum records the liberation of Rome from German occupation during the Second World War. During the occupation the building was used as a prison.
Large two-star hotel of with 51 bedrooms divided in single, double, twin and triple. All rooom with private bath, flat screen TV and air conditioning.
Located in the immediate neighborhood of Termini station, it is very easy to reach regardless whether you arrive in Rome by train or by plane.
Three bedrooms divided in double and twin with en-suites services, shower, television and air conditioning. Also available a common kitchen.
All double rooms with ensuite bathroom, free wifi, air conditioning, chromatic shower, flat TV, safe lock and minibar. Breakfast included.
Two star accommodation with private bathrooms and a breakfast hall, located south of Termini and two metro stops from San Giovanni.
Three stars hotel with private bathrooms and breakfast service, free wi-fi. It's near of Termini Station and the metro A stop.
Very upmarket (with matching prices) baker. Great window displays but you may find the taste doesn't match the appearance.
Housed in a modern building located in very a central position. Wifi, Pay and sat TV are among each bedroom facilities.
Next door to Santa Croce. A collection of around 3000 pieces, although only a third of these are displayed.
Stylish single, double and triple bedrooms, all with en-suite bathroom, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, etc.
private Bathroom , free wifi, air conditioning. Kitchen use.Internet point. Breakfast included.
On a quiet side street. 10-minute stroll to the Colosseum through the Colli Oppio park.
Fantastic Byzantine mosaics and some other interesting artwork. Not to be missed.
Unusual and fascinating round church and the national church in Rome of Hungary.
Single, double, triple and quadruple bedrooms. Rates do not include breakfast.
Bathroom ensuite, free wifi, air conditioning. Breakfast included.
Double, triple and quadruple bedrooms, all rooms with free wifi.
This hotel on Esquiline Hill has 232 rooms.