San Giovanni

Choose your own adventure in a neighborhood that contrasts ancient ruins with modern infrastructure.

San Giovanni defies the definition of “authentic Rome.” The neighborhood is replete with Renaissance buildings yet scarce in the city's renowned cobblestone streets and low-lit wine bars. Decidedly local in demeanor, San Giovanni's modern avenues open out onto unexpectedly ornate cathedrals, its food scene is centered on community produce markets rather than restaurants, and entertainment happens in parks rather than clubs. San Giovanni invites modern Romans to compare and contrast the pages of history with the amenities of the present day.

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On the Map

San Giovanni is bordered by Tor Pignattara, Celio, Esquilino, Pigneto, Monti, Ripa, Quadraro, and Roma Centro

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

Leonardo da Vinci Airport: 45 minutes by public transit and Leonardo Express
Termini Station: 10 minutes by public transit
The Colosseum: 10 minutes by public transit
The Vatican: 20 minutes by public transit

A Local Vibe In A Central Location

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San Giovanni is steps away from the city's center, yet its streets remain mostly populated by easy-going locals running everyday errands and heeding their calling.

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Italy Rome San Giovanni PSB

Casual cafes prevail over swanky restaurants.

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Italy Rome San Giovanni PSB
Italy Rome San Giovanni PSB

Spontaneous conversations prevail over scheduled appearances.

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And local markets prevail over corporate chains.

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Near San Giovanni square, Via Sannio hosts a popular second-hand market every weekend.

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San Giovanni acts as a crossroads that connects several neighborhoods. Since it's notorious for traffic jams, we recommend you take a walk, a moped, or public transit to explore your way around town.

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For those seeking entertainment, the area offers a wide choice of clubs, cinemas and theaters. For nature lovers, San Giovanni also offers green areas where you can stroll and relax."

San Giovanni's Internationally Acclaimed Site

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San Giovanni in Laterano stands as Rome's oldest major basilica.

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Despite the tourist traffic heralded by its religious stature, the surrounding neighborhood remains quite serene.

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The San Giovanni district is one of the most ancient area of Rome, preserving different architecture styles and historic time periods: from ancient Rome and Christian vestige, to prestigious Baroque buildings, to strict fascista architecture of the early 20th century."

Shopping In San Giovanni

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Reasonable prices and modest brands characterize San Giovanni's main shopping street, Via Appia Nuova.

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Shoppers seem in less of a rush than they do along big-name avenues like Via del Corso.

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Feel free to linger a little longer as you window shop.

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Consider the generations-old wisdom as you consider the merchandise.

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If the shoe fits, wear it.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Thomas Toti is a photographer and director of photography. He has been burning film since he was 15 years old. A fascination for different cultures has led him to travel and this passion manifests itself in his work, where he applies a fresh approach to every shoot. He is intrigued by Rome and loved shooting for Airbnb as it allowed him to pay homage to both the city and its tourists.

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Pauline Boldt is a freelance photographer and creative director who works globally. She takes pictures of where she is and what is around her. While spending two weeks in Rome photographing for Airbnb, she loved getting to know the historic city intimately. Pauline's current work can be found on her internationally featured blog, 26mertonroad.com.

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