Attractions

Top Choice Basilica in San Giovanni & Testaccio

Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano

For a thousand years this monumental cathedral was the most important church in Christendom. Commissioned by Constantine and consecrated in AD 324, it was the first Christian basilica built in the city and, until th…
Top Choice Basilica in San Giovanni & Testaccio

Basilica di San Clemente

Nowhere better illustrates the various stages of Rome's turbulent past than this fascinating multilayered church. The ground-level 12th-century basilica sits atop a 4th-century church, which, in turn, stands over a …
Top Choice Archaeological Site in San Giovanni & Testaccio

Terme di Caracalla

The remains of the emperor Caracalla’s bathhouse complex are among Rome’s most awe-inspiring ruins. Inaugurated in AD 216, the original 10-hectare site, which comprised baths, gyms, libraries, shops and gardens, was…
Top Choice Historic Building in San Giovanni & Testaccio

Villa del Priorato di Malta

Fronting an ornate cypress-shaded piazza, the Roman headquarters of the Sovereign Order of Malta, aka the Cavalieri di Malta (Knights of Malta), boasts one of Rome's most celebrated views. It's not immediately appar…
Basilica in San Giovanni & Testaccio

Basilica di Santa Sabina

This solemn basilica, one of Rome's most beautiful early Christian churches, was founded by Peter of Illyria around AD 422. It was enlarged in the 9th century and again in 1216, just before it was given to the newly…
Church in San Giovanni & Testaccio

Chiesa di Santo Stefano Rotondo

Set in its own secluded grounds, this haunting church boasts a porticoed facade and a round, columned interior. But what really gets the heart racing is the graphic wall decor – a cycle of 16th-century frescoes depi…
Cemetery in San Giovanni & Testaccio

Cimitero Acattolico per gli Stranieri

Despite the roads that surround it, Rome’s 'non-Catholic' Cemetery is a verdant oasis of peace. An air of Grand Tour romance hangs over the site where up to 4000 people lie buried, including poets Keats and Shelley,…
Gardens in San Giovanni & Testaccio

Roseto Comunale

Stretched out on the slopes of the Aventine Hill, this idyllic garden boasts more than 1100 of the rarest roses, coaxed into life each spring by a team of horticultural experts. The ancient Circo Massimo plays backd…
Park in San Giovanni & Testaccio

Parco Savello

Known to Romans as the Giardino degli Aranci (Orange Garden), this walled park is a romantic haven. Head down the central avenue, passing towering umbrella pines and lawns of blooming orange trees, to bask in heaven…
Basilica in San Giovanni & Testaccio

Basilica dei SS Quattro Coronati

This brooding fortified church harbours some lovely 13th-century frescoes and a delightful hidden cloister, accessible from the left-hand aisle. The frescoes, in the Oratorio di San Silvestro, depict the story of Co…