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ROME SAN GIOVANNI: SPEND LESS, DO MORE

Welcome to San Giovanni

Considered to be one of the most authentic representations of local Roman lifestyle, this densely populated neighbourhood is home to great examples of Renaissance architecture and ornate cathedrals, and while not particularly renowned for its restaurants or clubs compared to some of the other neighbourhoods, is a great place to find produce markets and park entertainment.

Well worth a walking tour

This neighbourhood is also known for its wide variety of artistic and cultural murals on buildings depicting everything from soccer players to insects, historical and scientific figures. Some of the best include the colourful displays located at Via Apulia Corner of Via Farsalo, Vicolo Dell’Acquedotto Felice and Via Filippo Re.

If you would like to explore the city’s religious history…

One of the most significant sites to visit is of course is the relatively recently built Padre Pio Pilgrimage church. It’s open to the public and is a testimony to contemporary Roman architecture with its spiral shape and large dome. It has a capacity of 6500, designed to receive the large number of pilgrims that visit the area. In contrast, if you would like to explore older style architecture then one of the most notable places to visit in this neighbourhood is the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran. As one of the four major basilicas in Rome. With origins dating back to the 4th century this is the oldest cathedral in the city and it is lined with mosaics and statues of the Apostles.

But if you’ve come to Rome to shop

Then this is the place to be. One of Rome’s best known shopping streets with affordable prices is located at Via Appia Nuova. It’s open every morning except for Sundays and is a great place to grab a bargain or two. Via Sannio is another great place to stop by if you’re after clothes and shoes, with a market open daily (except Sundays).

Looking for entertainment?

In this neighbourhood you will find that entertainment can usually be found outdoors in parks and squares rather than clubs. If you happen to be in this neighbourhood on Labor Day, the 1st of May, be sure to attend the annual concert at Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano which includes bands and singers, both Italian and from overseas and best of all it’s free but be sure to get there early as it has become somewhat of a tradition so it attracts a very large crowd.

If you’re looking for some of the best eateries in the district then you will find many great options here. Traditional Italian desserts and cakes including montblanc and profiteroles are abundant in many of the street sides shops located in this neighbourhood. For a more filling dining experience it is hard to go past an all-you-can-eat menu. This can be found at Hostaria da Isidoro, which is also noted for its friendly serving staff. Or if you prefer the fine dining experience, try Da Ottavio. It is known for its fresh, high quality seafood and its patronage is mostly local which, wherever you travel is always a good sign.

Spend Less, Do More

Your Cheaperthanhotels Team

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