Rome/Esquilino-San Giovanni

Esquilino and San Giovanni are adjacent neighborhoods in Rome.

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Santa Maria Maggiore

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.

SEE   —  +39 06483195 —  Via Liberiana 27

Mercato Esquilino

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.

BUY   —  Map

San Giovanni in Laterano

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)

Santa Pudenziana

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.

SEE   —  Via Urbana 160

Hotel Napoleon

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.

Mosaic Hostel

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.

Scala Sancta

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.

SEE   —  Map

Santa Croce in Gerusalemme

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.

Ristorante Baia Chia

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.

EAT   —  via Machiavelli 5

Palazzo del Freddo

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.

Museo della Liberazione

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.

SEE   —  Via Tasso 145

Hotel Taormina

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.

SLEEP   —  +39 338 4280189 —  Via Rattazzi, 63

Panoramic Hostel

Three bedrooms divided in double and twin with en-suites services, shower, television and air conditioning. Also available a common kitchen.

Celestino B&B Roma Termini

All double rooms with ensuite bathroom, free wifi, air conditioning, chromatic shower, flat TV, safe lock and minibar. Breakfast included.

Hotel Center

Two star accommodation with private bathrooms and a breakfast hall, located south of Termini and two metro stops from San Giovanni.

Hotel Orazia

Three stars hotel with private bathrooms and breakfast service, free wi-fi. It's near of Termini Station and the metro A stop.

Panella L’Arte del Pane

Very upmarket (with matching prices) baker. Great window displays but you may find the taste doesn't match the appearance.

EAT   —  Via Merulana 54

Best Western President Hotel

Housed in a modern building located in very a central position. Wifi, Pay and sat TV are among each bedroom facilities.

National Museum of Musical Instruments

Next door to Santa Croce. A collection of around 3000 pieces, although only a third of these are displayed.

Roma Termini Suites

Stylish single, double and triple bedrooms, all with en-suite bathroom, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, etc.

EL Trotamundo B&B

private Bathroom , free wifi, air conditioning. Kitchen use.Internet point. Breakfast included.

SLEEP   —  +39 3284488346 —  Via del Pigneto 3

Hotel Edera

On a quiet side street. 10-minute stroll to the Colosseum through the Colli Oppio park.

Santa Prassede

Fantastic Byzantine mosaics and some other interesting artwork. Not to be missed.

SEE   —  Via di S. Prassede

Santo Stefano Rotondo

Unusual and fascinating round church and the national church in Rome of Hungary.

B&B Sergio

Single, double, triple and quadruple bedrooms. Rates do not include breakfast.

Dream Station B&B

Bathroom ensuite, free wifi, air conditioning. Breakfast included.

SLEEP   —  +39 3923009331 —  Via Giolitti 119

B&B Bed in Art

Double, triple and quadruple bedrooms, all rooms with free wifi.

Radisson Blu Hotel

This hotel on Esquiline Hill has 232 rooms.

Druid’s Rock Pub

The sister pub of the Druid’s Den.

DRINK   —  Piazza Esquilino 1

Fiddler’s Elbow

The oldest Irish pub.

DRINK   —  Via dell’ Olmata

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