The bed and breakfast St. John Villa is located close to some of the major attractions of Rome. The Basilica of St. John Lateran is located a few hundred meters away. The Colosseum , the Roman Forum , the Baths of Caracalla, Circus Maximus can be reached with a pleasant 15 -20 minutes. Even the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore can be reached with a twenty minutes walk.

Being close to the San Giovanni stop of metro line A , from our bed and breakfast is also possible to quickly reach other places of interest in Rome : Termini station, Piazza Barberini and Via Veneto, famous for "the sweet life", the Spanish Steps, Piazza del Popolo and Via del Corso, the Vatican.

The St. John Villa is located a few hundred meters from the hospital San Giovanni Addolorata.

The Basilica of St. John Lateran is the cathedral of the Diocese of Rome and the residence of the Pope's vicar for Rome; it is the official ecclesiastical seat of the Pope, having the cathedra of the Bishop of Rome, i.e. the Pope. It is also the first of the four papal basilicas and the oldest and most important church in the West. Until the capture of Rome by the Italian army in 1870 , the coronation of the Pope took place there, then in moved to St. Peter. In the Basilica of St. John is celebrated on Holy Thursday , the ritual of "washing of the feet" in which the Pope washes the feet of some of the faithful to remember the gesture made by Jesus Christ with the Twelve Holy Apostles at the Last Supper. In 2013, Pope Francis broke the tradition of celebrating the rite in the juvenile prison in Casal del Marmo. Until the fourteenth century, the adjacent buildings, reconstructed at a later date, however, were the official residence of the Pope. Following, they continued to be used as a papal residence together with the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican and then the Quirinale Palace which was the official residence until 1870. In the Palaces of the Lateran it was signed on February 11, 1929, the Lateran Treaty ( Conciliation ) between the Kingdom of Italy and the Church that put an end to the "Roman question" arising as a result of the capture of Rome. The Lateran Treaty then led to the official birth of the State of Vatican City.

In the square in front of the church every 1st of May, on the occasion of Labour Day, it is held a concert organized by the major Italian trade unions.

Less than a mile from the St. John Villa, and then a short walk away, there is the Basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, one of the "seven churches" of Rome. The "seven churches" are those that, at one time, the pilgrims who came to Rome were obliged to visit in one day reaching them on foot.

They are:

  • St. Peter's
  • St. John
  • St. Paul Outside the Walls on the Via Ostiense
  • Santa Maria Maggiore
  • Santa Croce in Gerusalemme
  • San Lorenzo al Verano
  • St. Sebastian outside the walls on the Appia Antica

The Basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme is of special historical importance , since it is tied to Saint Helen, mother of Emperor Constantine the Great  who, with the Edict of Milan, made legal Christian worship in the Roman Empire . The basilica was derived from the old Sessoriano Palace that was the home of Helen. This palace was also , between the late third and early fourth century AD , the residence of the emperors. In 350 A.D. it was transformed into a church, and in it were placed a few relics connected with the crucifixion of Jesus that St. Helena had brought back from his pilgrimage to Palestine. In particular, among them there are parts of the "true cross",  the cross of one of the two thieves , the sponge soaked in vinegar , part of the crown of thorns, a nail and the sacred Titulus Crucis ( the inscription INRI placed over the cross).

The special name " Jerusalem " derives from the fact that the floor of the chapel of St. Helen , located in the right side , was once covered with earth from the Holy Land.

From the St. John Villa it is easy to reach the Cinecitta film studios where you can visit the studios and major permanent sets as Broadway, part of New York part of the late nineteenth century, built for the epic "Gangs of New York" by Martin Scorsese, Rome, built for the eponymous television series set in ancient Rome, and Florence of the fifteenth century . To reach Cinecittà is necessary to take the subway in the direction Anagnina and get off at Cinecittà which is located just in front of the entrance to the studio.


The St. John Villa is located in an area of Rome where there are plenty of good richest stores. The COIN department store are 300 meters away, on Via Appia Nuova you can find every kind of shop . Even Via Gallia and Via Magna Grecia offer excellent opportunities.
Taking the subway in the direction Anagnina you quickly reach the shopping center Cinecittà 2, located next to the movie studios. Cinecittà 2 was the first shopping center built in Rome and still is the most famous of all. To get there take the subway and get off at Subaugusta or at Cinecittà stop (the mall is located halfway between the two stops).
For those staying in the rooms with kitchenettes and preparing their own meals, the supermarket is just over 100 meters away and on Via Gallia ther are good grocery stores. On Via Metaponto, at the intersection with Via Gallia, there is the Enoteca La Barrique where one will find a wide selection of the best wines.

Within a few hundred meters you will find many good restaurants. You may ask the manager for a few suggestions.