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It is strange to think that this area of Rome was originally built to be a city port where storehouses held goods at the time ... More
It is strange to think that this area of Rome was originally built to be a city port where storehouses held goods at the time of Augustus and continued to do so until the end of the 19th Century. Trastevere then became a down-market residential quarter and has now developed into a very desirable quarter. The heart of the district is Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere with its lovely church, a 17th-century palazzo, and a fountain in the middle which is probably Rome's oldest, having been designed by architects such as Bernini, Fontana and Della Porta. There are still some well-conserved medieval houses. On Sunday mornings, you can visit the Corte dei Vigili in Via dei Salumi, and if you enter the guard's rooms, you will see graffiti on the walls written by Roman soldiers who served the emperors from Septimus Severus to Caracalla, in addition to notations of their guard duty.
Located by the Ponte Sisto, ancient Travestere offers the vacationer a glimpse of a multi-cultural environment, Roman night life, street performers, an occasional morning time accordion player, restaurants ranging from pizzerias to high-end dining. For drinks and occasional live entertainment try the Ombre Rosso on St Egidio. We saw jazz musician Mark Fish there, and he was quite good. Travestere is definitely an experience one should not miss.
Great restaurants, medieval buildings, charming atmosphere...and don't skip town without seeing the inside of Santa Maria de Trastevere church for the gorgeous mosaics! Located in the town square, it has one of the most beautiful interiors in Rome! I had a great time there; too bad it was my last evening in Roma...I will go back and try to stay there next time. Definitely worth spending the late afternoon, evening there. Just so beautiful and unusual.
Trastevere, can be found directly across the Ponte Sisto bridge. As you walk the streets of Piazza Navona or Compo di Fiore, a short walk across the tiber river you will find this wonderful community with wonderful food lovely cafe's and ancient churches. Since it is not as well known as other Roman sites the cost is not as high as most on the tourist circuit. Items that cost 100 euro's on the Via Venito might only cost 30 in Trastevere. The food is some of the best I have eaten in all of Roma.
We went to visit my daughter who is studying in Rome. She has an apartment in Trastevere, so we stayed in Trastevere to be near her for a few days. We ate at Dar Poeta, excellent pizza, best ever. Food in Trastevere is best in Rome. Stay away from any self service eating places where food is shown in cases, pre-cooked and then microwaved. Good idea, bad experience. Best to go to grocery store, and purchase cheese, bread and wine for a quick lunch.
Trastevere is a great place to live if you are looking to settle somewhere. its beyond the noise of rome borders the banks of the tiber- so you have access to the ponte sisto which gives you access to a short walk to campo de fiori and many other famous spots in rome. trastevere has a variety of small shops and cafes- one especially famous to local students is Massi cafe- which is owned by Luca, a friendly and bald headed gentlman that speaks broken english but can more or less understand poor italian/english.
another highlite is pizzaria san calisto- the finest pizzaria in all of roma....just walk down via della scalla and you will find it.
also there is piazza santa maria di trastevere a church and a piazza/fountain which is nice at night.
at night there are often vendors near piazza santa maria and via della scala- which sell all sorts of trinkets.
the town is also a short walk from the vatican just follow via della lungara all the way down hop across the street up a block and there is the vaticano
A visit to Basilica di San Clemente is a fascinating journey through time. From the upper basilica, which dates from
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On Via Nomentana, after Villa Torlonia, you will find the Mausoleum of Santa Costanza. The building dates from the early
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