Domus Castrense

Viale dell'Universita, 25, Rome, 00185, Italy
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San Giovanni Neighborhood????

by MartyAP

We are going to be in Rome late October and I have two reservations. One is a hotel near the Pantheon which is an ideal "tourist" location. The second is in the San Giovanni neighborhood near the Re Di Roma metro stop. With the Euro vs $ the Hotel Re Di Roma offers a considerable savings and the reviews are good.

My is the San Giovanni neighborhood? Is is possible to walk to
areas near the Pantheon or is it better to take the metro/bus/taxi????? Would it be an area that would be confusing for a tourist to get around from? Any advice or suggestions would truly be appreciated.


Re: San Giovanni Neighborhood????

by abarbieri

San Giovanni is a good neighborhood where to live in Rome. But I guess you will be visiting Rome just for a few days. You will need a taxi or public transportation to reach most of the must see things. The Colosseum wouold be the closest one from San Giovanni but it is still 30 minutes walk from there.

Re: San Giovanni Neighborhood????

by leics

Rome does have an excellent public transport system though (bus/tram/metro).

You'll have to calculate whether the hotel saving is worth the time/effort of journeying in and out each day. Only you can decide that really.

Transport information here:

Click the flag top right for the English version.

Re: San Giovanni Neighborhood????

by mccalpin

As Antonio says, this is a busy residential neighborhood that will have shops and bars and restaurants - just no tourist sights (although the famous film studio CineCitta' is just down the road ;-) )

On the Metro, Termini (the main train station) is just 4 stops up, and the Metro runs quite frequently throughout the day. You can keep going on this Metro line and end up going past Piazza di Spagna and the Vatican, or transfer to the other line and go to the Colosseum. Once you are at the Colosseum, the Forum and other things are quite close by.

Note that the Metro in Rome doesn't go everywhere, and one of those "everywheres" is the Pantheon area. The area of the Pantheon/Piazza Navona/Campo de' Fiori/etc. is well served by buses, however (as all of Rome is, as J pointed out). The closest Metro stop would maybe be Piazza di Spagna, but you'll still have a 1.2 kilometer walk after that (15-20 minutes)...however, Rome is a city made for walking, so you won't regret hoofing it around...

Look at the tips on our pages where we talk about the various transit passes -the 7 day pass is something like 16 euro for unlimited travel on all public transportation in Rome (these are described in English at the ATAC site that J mentioned, or look at the Transportation Tips on my Rome page for the exact link), or look at the Roma Pass (link also on my Rome page) which is something like 20 euro and combines the 7 day transit pass with free and discount admission to a lot of museums...

As J says, this is really up to you (the Pantheon is indeed in the dead center of things), but if the difference in cost is substantial, Piazza dei Re di Roma is not a long Metro trip to the center...


Travel Tips for Rome

Emperors Best and Worst.

by breughel

One can be indifferent to the history of the Roman antiquity but be obliged to meet Roman Emperors in this city of Rome full of monuments, forums, statues to the glory of these Emperors.
Very quickly the tourist will realize that among the eighty emperors, without counting the usurpers, there were good and bad ones, even some insane.
Here a small list to distinguish roughly the best from the worst.

The best:
Octave Augustus (reigned 41 years), Trajan, Vespasian, Hadrian, Marcus Aurelius, Antoninus Pius.
The mad:
Caligula, Nero, Elegabalus.
The ferocious:
Commodus, Diocletianus.
The more or less ferocious but also efficient emperors:
Many emperors are in this category like Tiberius, Constantine I, Claudius.

As most Roman emperors died a violent death one will understand that the job was not an easy one and most often associated to violence.

Just Another Exquisite, Unknown Church in Rome

by Lacristina

Most visitors to Rome never see this church, or even hear of it, for that matter. It's just one of the more than 900 churches in Rome, most of which never get visited.

Yet it is incredibly beautiful and has a wonderful, interesting history. The polished red marble columns alone are enough to make my knees week! The altar and tabernacle by Rainaldi is impossibly, beautifully ornate.

So what and where is this little gem of a church?

Santa Maria della Scala (of the stairs), in Trastevere, the now trendy working-class neighborhood. Trastevere literally means "across the Tevere" or the Tiber River, from the historical center of Rome. The church is not far from the more famous Santa Maria in Trastevere.

Next to the church (on the right as you face it) is a preserved antique pharmacy from the 18th century, which used to service the Vatican.

For more information on the church, the reason for it's creation, and the pharmacy and how to visit it, see:


Like many churches in Rome, it is closed between noon and 4 p.m. most days.

An interesting sidelight of this church involves my favorite painter, Caravaggio. He was commissioned to produce a painting for the church; the subject was the death of the virgin. The work was rejected (this happened to Caravaggio a lot, he was always getting in trouble.) In this case, perhaps because the model for the virgin was a prostitute, perhaps because her legs were exposed, or perhaps because her belly was too realistically swollen in death. In any event, the painting now hangs in the Louvre. You can see a copy of it here.

Death of the Virgin

(click on the small painting for an enlargement, then click on "Fit Width" at the top)

Address: 23 Piazza della Scala, Trastevere

Less than 300 meters northwest of Santa Maria in Trastevere, where Via della Scala turns into Piazza della Scala.


by achillesgirl

As anyone who has been to Rome knows, scooters rule! If you can drive a scooter and have a Class C drivers license , scooters are THE BEST way to get around! You can come and go as you please, and park conveniently. Rent one at a reasonable rate, and shop around - prices vary. You can reserve scooters in advance online, and there are rental places everywhere, including the Termini Station. Helmets (mandatory) and locks are included in the rental price.

Be careful: they may want a $1000 available credit line before they'll let you actually take the scooters. I didn't even know that until I showed up at the shop! I don't know if every company does this.

Renting a motorcycle isn't really necessary if you plan on staying within the city. Yes, the Ducatis are hot, but a scooter can get between some pretty tight spots, and can be parked in an even smaller spot. You don't need speed in Rome, you need small size. You can also get pretty far outside the walls in a short amount of time, even on a small scooter. And you can safely put your kid on the back of a larger scooter, but do think about daily physical comfort if you're going to double up.

CAVEAT EMPTOR (Buyer Beware): If you do not have previous scooter or motorcycle experience, please do not think it would be romantic or cute to learn to ride in Rome (unless you are from Manhattan - you might be okay). California drivers seem to be generally frightened by the hyper-urban driving style in other places, so I think that scootering in Rome will not be a positive experience for timid folk. Roman traffic is much more organic and flows continuously, regardless of the "rules." But since the Carabinieri seem more interested in combing their hair and checking out the hot chicks than stopping you for a traffic citation, just go with the flow, and have a great time!

Nice atmosphere, great food

by Mmasarech about Cornucopia Ristorante

This is a lovely little restaurant on the Piazza in Piscinula. A nice selection of primi and secondi piatti. Gracious staff. Nice ambience. My favorite meal of my trip. The gnocchi with seafood was awesome -- great flavor and tender gnocchi that melted in my mouth. The veal scallopine was very lemony.

The Vatican

by ArianaR

DO NOT MISS the Vatican Museum. Do not be intimidated by the huge line of people waiting to get in, we walked all the way to the end (it was a huge line) and it only took 30 minutes until we were inside. Make sure to take a camera and your time, the museum is filled with hundreds of paintings, statues, tapestries and much more to look at. You cannot help but to be in absolute awe of everything you come across inside. It cost 12 euros each to get in and was well worth the money and experience neither of us will ever forget. It would be a good idea to wear comfortable shoes for your trip to the Vatican as there is a lot to see and you will be on your feet for hours.


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Address: Viale dell'Universita, 25, Rome, 00185, Italy