On the opposite bank of the Tiber lives the funniest and most picturesque district of Rome. It’s a perfect area to wander through the maze of narrow streets and charming houses. At night it is the liveliest area in Rome.
Information about visiting Trastevere
|metro||Trastevere cannot easily be reached by metro. The best way to get there is by bus, for example line 116.|
|fun||A special way to discover Rome and especially Trastevere is this 4-hour culinary tour, which starts at Campo de ‘Fiori and ends at various culinary stops in Trastevere.|
The Trastevere district
On the picturesque banks of the Tiber, south of the Vatican, lies the picturesque Neighborhood Trastevere. The name Trastevere is derived from the Latin trans Tiberium; “Beyond the Tiber”. This old working-class quarter with its narrow streets and medieval houses is – thanks to the large number of tourists – a particularly lively affair at night with many restaurants, trattorias and pizzerias. Visit this truly Italian district of Rome for a nice stroll or relax on one of the many café terraces.
Trastevere was already one of the 14 districts of the city during the time of Emperor Augustus and was also walled. Several important Romans built mansions in this area, including Julius Caesar. The charming ambience of the neighborhood with its labyrinth of many narrow and winding streets dates back to the Middle Ages.
What to see in Trastevere Rome
The main attraction of the neighborhood is simply the Italian atmosphere that you can experience in this old working-class neighborhood. Explore the narrow streets of Trastevere and marvel at the many authentic details. A number of unique attractions are:
- Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere is the beating heart of the neighborhood. This square with the church of the same name and a fountain is a meeting place for the Trasteverini. At night, the area around this square is the main entertainment area in Rome.
- The Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere: This basilica is the oldest St. Mary’s Church in Rome and the main attraction in the neighborhood. After several restorations, the basilica has retained its medieval character, also thanks to the many authentic mosaics.
- Rome’s most popular flea market takes place every Sunday morning until 2 p.m. in Porta Portese around Via Portuense and Via Ippolito Nievo. It sells everything from antiques to clothing.
- Villa Farnesina: A beautiful 16th century mansion with works by Raphael and Peruzzi, surrounded by symmetrical gardens. The mansion looks quite modest from the outside, but is beautifully decorated inside in the Renaissance style. The villa is one of the jewels of Rome that has not yet been overrun by tourists. Address: Via della Lungara 230. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., admission 6 euros.
- The Santa Cecilia Basilica in Trastevere: The other basilica, dedicated to Saint Cecilia, patron saint of music, is one of the oldest churches in Rome. Here you will find frescoes from the 13th century by Pietro Cavallini.
- Colle de Gianicolo: This hill is next to the Trastevere district. If you have the time and energy, it is well worth the strenuous hike up the hill to take in the great views of Rome. At the bottom of the hill you will find the Fontana dell’Acqua Paola;; This beautiful fountain played an important role in the film ‘La Grande Bellezza’. Once you get to the top of the hill you will find a park with the statue of the freedom fighter Giuseppe Garibaldi on horseback, where a cannon is fired every day at noon. You can then go down the hill on the other side which will take you towards the Vatican.
Where is the Trastevere in Rome?