So you’ve seen all the sights and are now ready to enjoy something off the tourist track in Rome. It’s now time you checked out Trastevere, Rome’s prettiest neighbourhood. Located just across the River Tiber, lies the colourful, enchanting neighbourhood with plenty to see and do.
It’s only 20 mins by tram outside the city centre but Trastevere feels like a world away. It’s quiet, free from (herds of) tourists and still maintains the charm of the local life in Rome. But Trastevere is becoming increasingly more trendy. So here’s a little guide to this neighbourhood in Rome.
1. Wander around the neighbourhood snapping photos of beautifully coloured streets decorated with vibrant green trellises. And not forgetting the many unique doors of Trastevere. It is a photographers dream!
2. Check out Isola Tiberina- an island in the middle of the river. A great spot to get a different view of the city. Only 3 football fields long the island houses a hospital, a church built in the 10th century and hosts the annual film festival
3. Enjoy the Santa Maria Piazza where there is always something going on. A great spot for people watching during the day or night, when the little neighbourhood really comes to life.
4. The Basillica of Santa Maria is one of the oldest churches in Rome and most certainly worth a visit. The internal architecture is worth a visit especially for the gold mosaics existing since the 1100s.
5. Do a spot of shopping. With so many artisan shops and boutiques that are open late (due to siestas), strolling the streets in the evening before dinner is the perfect way to spend an evening.
6. The Basillica of Santa Cecillia, a 5th century Roman church devoted to the martyr Cecilia. It is known for its elaborate crypt and the Baroque style sculpture of the martyr.
7. Visit Orto Botanico, as the name suggests, a Botanical garden in Rome. The gardens are a great place to escape the city and enjoy the greenery. The Japanese gardens being the highlight with a waterfall and orchids in the greenhouses.
8. Eat up a storm, with prices for food being much cheaper than Rome. There are plenty of restaurants in Trastevere, and no matter where you choose you won’t be disappointed. Travel tip- ask to be seated inside (with the air con) if the patio is busy.
9. Stroll through Porto Portese Market- the Sunday flea market. Open from 6am to 2pm. It is the Portabello Market of Rome. You can find anything from old antiques to underwear here!
10. Head to Terrazao del Giancolo for views of the city, also known as Janiculum Hill. The climb is not so steep and the views are worth it.
There is plenty more to do in Trastevere but with this little guide you’ll have a good place to start. We can’t wait to go back and enjoy this pretty little neighbourhood.
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