Trastevere Rome - One of the most exciting districts in Rome

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Sebastian Erkens

The Trastevere district in Rome is undoubtedly one of the most charming and famous corners of the Eternal City.

This historic district, mainly inhabited by the working class in the Middle Ages, still enchants many visitors today and is one of the most famous Rome attractions.

Its picturesque alleyways and authentic flair are reminiscent of times gone by. Some of the best restaurants in Rome are hidden among the old cobblestones.

There are numerous bars where you can stop off in the evening. From wafer-thin pizzas, where the crispy dough and delicious toppings are a real treat for the palate, to the homemade truffle pasta that tantalizes the senses, this district offers a wealth of culinary highlights.

The Trastevere district in Rome
Neighborhood Trastevere Rome

What makes Trastevere particularly unique is the atmosphere that unfolds as night falls. The narrow streets and squares are illuminated by warm light, and the street performers liven the scene.

Once surrounded by a wall, the district radiates an inviting and romantic atmosphere that enchants every visitor. So if you want to experience the real Rome off the beaten tourist track, you should explore Trastevere.

Culture, history, and excellent food merge to create an unforgettable experience. If you would like to learn more about this district’s characteristics and history during your visit, we recommend trying out the self-guided audio guide.

Visitor Information:

West bank of the Tiber

Metro: Trastevere/Mastai, line 8.
Bus stop: Trastevere/Mastai, lines 23, 280 and 780.

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What awaits you in one of Rome's most characteristic districts

Whether by day or night, the Trastevere district in Rome has many different facets to offer at any time. During the day, you can stroll through the idyllic little streets of the city in warm summer temperatures.

In summer temperatures, you can even watch the Romans hanging their laundry out to dry in the narrow alleyways – a great backdrop! You can sample your way through several fantastic ice cream parlors.

There are a handful of exciting country houses from the 16th and 17th centuries to visit in the district. One of them is Villa Farnesina, which dates from the 16th century.

In this beautiful country house, you can admire great works by artists such as Raphael and Peruzzi. Beware, the entrance is easy to miss.

Alley in the Trastevere quarter
Romantic street cafés on every corner
Small, atmospheric alleys
Pizza from a stone oven

Incidentally, the name Trastevere comes from the Latin ‘trans-Siberia’ and means “on the other side of the Tiber.” It is said that celebrities such as Julius Caesar once had their country houses here before the district was mainly inhabited by the middle-class hundreds of years later. In the Middle Ages, mostly less wealthy citizens such as fishermen, craftsmen, and boatmen settled here and called the district home.

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There is an archway in the wall to the street that you have to pass through. Only then will you see the villa and its gardens.

Don’t be fooled by the inconspicuous building façade; the interior is well worth seeing! In the rooms of Villa Farnesina, you will find impressive frescoes and fascinating wall paintings.

The halls are extremely beautifully designed. You have a fantastic view of Rome from Gianicolo Hill, south of the Vatican City.

If you happen to be here at lunchtime, you can experience the daily 12 o’clock cannon shot of the “Cannone del Gianicolo” live. However, we find the Trastevere district even more exciting at night!

Alley in Trastevere

Information about the Trastevere district in the video:

Basilica of St. Cecilia in Trastevere
Basilica of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere
Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere
Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere

Trastevere in the evening

Especially in the evening, however, the historic and trendy district with all its bars and nightlife options becomes a meeting place for many Romans and tourists. The Piazzi di Santa Maria is particularly atmospheric.

Trastevere Rome in the evening
Large number of restaurants
St. Peter's Basilica at night
A great view of St. Peter's Basilica

This is where the eponymous cathedral of Santa Maria in Trastevere is located. The church has immense historical value and impresses with a series of magnificent mosaics and gilded ceilings. Despite significant renovation work, the Basilica of Santa Maria has yet to lose its former glory.

Directly in front of the basilica is one of the most beautiful fountains in Rome, which is also a popular meeting place for locals. From here, you can continue to the Ponte Garibaldi, where you have a great view of the Ponte Sisto, built in 1479, including the St. Peter’s Basilica dome.

How to get to the Trastevere neighborhood:

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