The Trastevere today is known for some of the city's best nightlife, most chic restaurants, and throngs of people in the streets. The area began as an undesirable residential area, across the river and far from the more posh neighborhoods like Parioli. Today, Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere is a central point, with its amazing church and fountain perfect for sitting on, while wandering through the numerous back alleys will uncover myriad small cafes, restaurants and shops.
Literally "across the Tiber," Trastevere was once considered the outskirts of Rome. Now part of il centro storico, this very distinct district is the perfect place to glimpse a bit of the old world while still enjoying the lifestyle of today's Romans. In fact, on my visit, it was the only place in the centro storico where Romans outnumbered tourists! Locals and tourists alike flock to its many small cafes, pubs and restaurants. Young locals in particular are drawn to its bohemian charms. I would add that Trastevere is "hip" without the overly done hipster almost-snooty feel that I found in a place like Notting Hill, for example.A good way to sample Trastevere is to take a tram to Piazza Santa Maria (the main gathering place in Trastevere) and lose yourself in the many winding streets that are adjacent to the piazza. There's an outdoor market at Piazza San Cosimato, one block from the San Francesco a Ripa church, that can be rightly considered a highlight of the area.
By far the best place in Rome to stay and live amongst the locals. The food options were the best in Rome and far less expensive than touristy areas if you can stumble your way through the translator. Very few people spoke much English, but they were very friendly and made us feel at home. Your best bet if you are not staying in Trastevere is to take a cab and then wander around looking for non-English menus and where the locals are eating.
My former home... Trastevere is in some ways the heart of Rome... and is pretty much undisputedly the most 'Italian' of all of Rome's areas. Go to Trastevere and you will find incredible food, vibrant atmosphere, history everywhere, and the most genuine, friendly, intensely Roman people anywhere. They may not speak a word of English but they will do all they can to make your visit memorable.
I think Trastevere's true beauty comes out at night, preferably with friends. The place is simply romantic, and all the restaurants make having a meal or aperitivo al fresco very comfortable. More laid back and less crowded than the center of Rome, it's a nice place to sight-see while avoiding many of the crowds.
Make sure you get lost in the small streets and alleyways tucked behind the main tourist restaurants and gathering places of Trastevere. And don't forget about lower Trastevere- many people don't make it down that far, but this is where you will see more locals going about their daily routines.
Small area of Rome "across the river" which is what the name means. It's where all the Americans usually get apartments. Kinda pricey, but beautiful. There are winding cobblestone roads that lead to piazzas with fountains and churches. Great little restaurants.
A beautiful part of the city. Lots of small alleys and nice little shops. When you find the time to visit, you should also have a quick look at Santa Maria in Trastevere, a beautiful little church.
My favorite neighborhood in Rome, Trastevere, is very vibrant with cute shops, cafes, and pubs to pop into. Santa Maria de Trastevere is a gorgeous church with incredibly beautiful mosaics
This is a great area to come and visit in Rome, a little bit of peace away from the tourist hoards. A bit more authentic, a chance to experience an alternative Rome.
Beautiful and quaint neighborhood with lots of cute restaurants and shops