Trastevere is a picturesque medieval area located on the west bank of the Tiber and is a charming place to wander, eat or relax.
Trastevere is named for its position 'over the Tiber'. Separated from the heart of central Rome by the river, the area retained its narrow lanes and working-class population when the rest of Rome began its nineteenth-century expansion.
Tourists are charmed by Trastevere. From being the last surviving pocket of earthy medieval Rome, the neighbourhood has also become the most representative and unique in Rome in attracting a crowd of young crusty-locked foreign beggars, buskers and alcoholics. Internet cafes are side-by-side with gloomy ancient premises of uncertain function, and you can choose from trendy bars and traditional chocolate shops. Trastevere still maintains a strong local identity.
The heart of Trastevere is Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere, a pedestrianised square piazza lined with restaurants and pricey bars, faded palazzi, and the church of Santa Maria in Trastevere. The steps surrounding the pretty central fountain are a popular hang-out spot for a non-typical crowd (watch out for unwashed jugglers).
Heading up the lane to the right of the church, and choosing one of the right-hand turnings, you enter into the maze of narrow lanes at Trastevere's heart. Plants scramble down walls from garden terraces, washing hangs out to dry, and chipped Virgin Marys look down from shrines on street corners.
The streets close to the river and south of Viale Trastevere are much quieter and there are several unpretentious restaurants where you can enjoy a peaceful meal at an outdoors table, while listening to a live Roman "stornello".
From here, it's a short walk to visit the Isola Tiberina (Tiber Island).
There are lovely lanes to explore, and it's not too difficult to step off the main routes and escape the masses. As well as the occasional touch of authentic local colour, there are plenty of businesses aimed at the large foreign population (strongly American and French). Rome's principal foreign-language cinema is located here, as well as countless restaurants, popular with both Romans and tourists.
It's a lovely area to wander in the soft dark of a Roman evening, with a more intimate feel than the palazzi-filled Centro Storico.
Trastevere is a short walk from Largo Argentina in the Centro Storico - alternatively you can take tram number 8, and descend at the first stop over the Tiber. There's no Metro station nearby.
Walk to Trastevere from Campo dei Fiori over the elegant pedestrian bridge, Ponte Sisto, roam the tourist streets north of Viale Trastevere and the quieter lanes to the south.
We would say: if you visit Trastevere, you'll know Rome; above all, you'll bring a very special, unforgettable memory of the Capital with you.
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