Esquilino is the most multi-ethnic quarter of Rome, where the shops and bars run by people from each corner of the world stand alongside traditional and historic Roman businesses.
Piazza Vittorio, the heart of Esquilino, is at the center of an extensive regeneration project. There is a famous characteristic market, once found in the square, which has been homed in the ex-military base Sani, not far from the original site. A visit to the Esquilino market is not to be missed, as the colors and scents will transport you to far-off lands.
One of the strong points of this area is its vicinity to the central station, Termini. Restored for the 2000 Giubileo, it is a jewel of modern architecture and the departure point for trains to the rest of Italy. For further information visit the station's official website.
In this area two of Rome's four Basilicas are found, on either end of the Via Merulana. San Giovanni Laterano, built by the Pope, is the cathedral of the diocese of Rome. Santa Maria Maggiore is home to the "sacra culla" relic, which, according to tradition, are the fragments of Jesus' manger. Along Via Nazionale, the western boarder of Esquilino-Termini, is the prestigious Palazzo delle Esposizioni, where interesting art exhibitions are held. For further information, visit the website.
Situated on Via Nazionale, it hosts art exhibitions, principally modern art and photography.
This suggestive church can be found in the Monti quarter, a short walk from Via Nazionale. The foundations date from the 3rd century.
Found at the top charming steps off the Via Cavour, it is one of the most important of Rome's churches, famous for housing Michelangelo's Moses and the relics of Saint Peter's chain.
This historic square is also known as Piazza Esedravand is situated near Termini Station, alongside the Dioclezian springs and the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli.
Origins dating to the 4th century, it is one of the most important basilicas in the west, home to the "scala santa".
On the 5th of August every year the "miracolo della nevicata" (the miracle of the snow) is held and the square beside the basilica is covered in white petals.
It originates in the 8th century, but it has undergone many changes during the years.
Found in the Monti district on the famous Via Urbana, it is the National Church of the Philippines. It originates from the 5th century.
Built during the Roman Empire, it was here that 8 of Rome's aqueducts met. In the years that followed the Aurelian walls were incorporated into the structure.
Near the Piazza della Republica, it was designed by Michelangelo. It is situated next to the Dioclezion spring.
This important church is home not only to the important artistic works such as a mosaic by Melozzo from Forlì, but also a room full of relics, the most important of which is a piece of Jesus' Cross.
Just a few meters from Termini Station, this museum hosts a notable collection of ancient art along with a selection dedicated to numismatics and horology.
According to tradition the staircase Jesus climbed to reach Pontius Pilate was taken to Rome from the Holy Land. They are in this complex, beside the Pope's private chapel, the Sancta Santorum.
Situated in VIa Nazionale, this was the first non-Catholic church to be built after the Unification of Italy. Ceremonies are conducted in English following Anglican rites.
Traditionally known for its food markets, which have now been moved to the nearby Sani barracks, the square remains the heart of the Esquilino quarter.