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Trastevere neighbourhood

Trastevere neighbourhood

 

Nestled on the west bank of the Tiber, the Trastevere District is one of Rome's most enchanting neighborhoods. Known for its narrow cobblestone streets, historic buildings, and vibrant nightlife, Trastevere offers a glimpse into the authentic Roman way of life. This guide delves into the heart of Trastevere, highlighting its must-visit attractions, culinary delights, and unique atmosphere that make it a must-see for any traveler exploring Rome.

The Historical Heart of Trastevere

Trastevere's history stretches back to ancient Rome, where it was a working-class district. Over the centuries, it has retained its charming character, with medieval houses, Renaissance palaces, and ancient churches lining its streets. The Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere is one of the oldest churches in Rome, known for its stunning mosaics and pivotal role in the community. Walking through Trastevere feels like stepping back in time, with each corner telling a story of Rome's rich past.

Culinary Delights in Trastevere

The Trastevere District is a food lover's paradise, offering some of the best Italian cuisine in the city. From traditional Roman trattorias to contemporary gourmet restaurants, there's something to satisfy every palate. Don't miss trying classic dishes like carbonara or cacio e pepe in a cozy Trastevere restaurant. For a unique experience, explore the local street food scene, where you can enjoy supplì (fried rice balls) or pizza al taglio (pizza by the slice) on the go.

Vibrant Nightlife and Culture

Trastevere is renowned for its lively atmosphere, especially after the sun sets. The district's piazzas, particularly Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere, become bustling hubs of activity, filled with locals and tourists alike enjoying the cool evening air. The area's bars, pubs, and clubs offer a diverse range of entertainment options, from live music to DJ sets, making Trastevere the perfect place to experience Rome's nightlife.

Art and Artisan Shops

Beyond its culinary and historical attractions, Trastevere is also a haven for art lovers and shoppers seeking unique finds. The district's narrow alleys are dotted with artisan shops, galleries, and boutiques selling handmade jewelry, crafts, and artworks. Exploring these shops is a wonderful way to discover the creativity of local artists and artisans.

Trastevere's Green Spaces

For those seeking tranquility amidst the city's hustle and bustle, Trastevere offers beautiful green spaces like the Botanical Garden of Rome. This hidden gem houses a diverse collection of plants and offers a peaceful retreat from the urban environment. Additionally, the Janiculum Hill, located just above Trastevere, provides breathtaking views of Rome, making it a popular spot for both locals and tourists.

Trastevere District is more than just a neighborhood; it's a living museum of Rome's history, culture, and lifestyle. Whether you're wandering through its picturesque streets, savoring the flavors of its cuisine, or soaking up the lively atmosphere at night, Trastevere offers an authentic and unforgettable Roman experience. For travelers eager to explore the heart and soul of Rome, a visit to Trastevere is an essential part of any Italian adventure.

Things to see

Basilica di S. Maria in Trastevere 

One of the oldest churches in Rome, the basilica’s construction is said to have been ordered by Pope Callisto I in the fourth century. The church underwent numerous major renovations over the centuries and is most noted for its coffered gold ceiling which is embellished with ornate carvings and paintings.

Orto Botanico 

Located by the prison in Trastevere, this garden was originally established in 1883 when the Corsini family donated its garden to the Italian state. Now run by La Sapienza university, it hosts over 3,500 species of plants and includes Japanese gardens and a “Scent-and-Touch” garden for visually impaired visitors. Sun closed.

Palazzo Corsini

The national collection of ancient art is housed in this palace built by Rome’s Corsini family in the mid-18th century. The gallery is located on the first floor and contains works by artists such as Carracci, Caravaggio, Poussin, Guido Reni and Rubens. One of Rome’s few museums open on Mondays. 

Villa Farnesina

This 16th-century Renaissance villa was commissioned by Agostino China, the treasurer of Pope Julius II, and designed by Sienese architect Baldassarre Peruzzi. Towards the end of the 16th century the Farnese family purchased the villa, hence the Farnesina name. It has frescoes by artists including Raphael, Sebastiano del Piombo and Giulio Romano.

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Address Trastevere, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

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Trastevere neighbourhood

Trastevere, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

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