Trastevere is certainly the most distinctive neighbourhood in Rome.
Among the small streets with sanpietrini, the coffee bars and the most famous trattories, the artisans’ boutiques and the kindness of people who stop and talk to you, you can really experience the soul of the Eternal City.
During the morning you will feel like in a quite medieval village and the city chaos seems far away while during the night, the streets are crowded by young people but the neighbourhood still maintains its charm: the lights give to Trastevere a much more magical aspect.
That’s a neighbourhood to experience completely and that’s why we decided to suggest you what to see in Trastevere.
The Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere
The Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere is one of the most beautiful churches in Rome.
It was built thanks to Pope Callixtus in the III century and today it’s a stop-over not to be missed when visiting Trastevere.
The Church is a real jewel and the best moment to visit it is during the sunset, when the game of lights embellish the mosaics on the facade. The inside of the church is beautiful too and you will lose among the stuccos and the frescoes on the three naves.
A curiosity: in front of the Church there’s the most ancient fountain of Rome.
The other Churches of Trastevere
Among the suggestions of what to see in Trastevere we have to add a walk through the most beautiful Churches of the neighbourhood.
Beyond the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, in fact, we also suggest a visit to these three churches:
- The Church of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere: here there are the relics of St. Cecilia. You can’t miss the beautiful fresco by Pietro Cavallini’s “Last Judgment”.
- The Church of Santa Maria della Scala: it was built between the end of 1500 and the beginning of the 1600 to house a miraculous icon of the Madonna della Scala.
- The Church of San Francesco a Ripa: inside there’s the sculpture of Beata Ludovica Albertoni realized by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
The Museum of Rome in Trastevere
The Museo of Rome in Trastevere is located in Piazza Sant’Egidio, inside an old Carmelite convent.
The museum exhibition focuses on Roman life in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The collection includes paintings, prints, drawings and watercolours from the past life.
Inside the museum there are also three talking statues, called like that because in former times the Roman populace used to affix clandestine satires, usually attacking the government and its representatives.
There’s also a very interesting room, the “Trilussa room”, dedicated to the famous poet.
The squares in Trastevere
Walking through Trastevere means losing among the small streets where the time seems to have stopped because life has a different rhythm than in other parts of the city. If you want to really understand this neighbourhood you have to live it, to stop in front of the shop windows, to look for secrets corners and to go to its squares for watching the people walking.
That’s why among the suggestions of what to see in Trastevere we have also added three squares.
- Piazza Santa Maria: this square is one of the most famous meeting points of the neighbourhood and there’s a great nightlife.
- Piazza Trilussa: dedicated to the famous Roman poet, this square has the beautiful fountain commissioned by Pope Paul V. This square is located near the famous Ponte Sisto.
- Piazza Gioacchino Belli: another beautiful square in Trastevere, also this one was dedicated to a famous Roman poet.
The villas in Trastevere
In the neighborhood of Trastevere there are many villas. Among the most beautiful and interesting, there are Villa Sciarra, with an amazing park, Villa Lante and Villa Farnesina, maybe the most famous.
Villa Farnesina was built in ‘500 by Baldassarre Peruzzi for the banker Agostino Chigi.
Its inner spaces were decorated also by Raffaello. The most famous room is the loggia of Cupid and Psyche, frescoed by the renowned painter. The vault was transformed into a pergola with a beautiful optical illusion.
Today the villa accommodates the Accademia dei Lincei, but you can visit it in specific days and hours and you can find them on the web site of Villa Farnesina.
The Orto Botanico
Not far from Piazza Santa Maria and from Villa Farnesina, there’s the Orto Botanico, one of the things to see in Trastevere.
This enormous garden is 12 hectares long and it is one of the biggest botanical garden of Italy.
A walking inside a garden is always a good idea!
The Janiculum is also known as the “eighth hill of Rome”. It is considered as one of the most romantic place of Rome and we had to add among our suggestions of what to see in Trastevere.
From here the view is wonderful: you can see Rome completely.
The Roman food in Trastevere
Trastevere is synonymous of good food and Roman cuisine. Here you can find the best restaurants of Rome and among Gricia, Carbonara, Amatriciana, supplì, Carciofi alla Giudia and tripe, some restaurants became real institutions like Da Cencio – La Parolaccia, that it’s famous also for the behavior of its waiters, who curse at or otherwise verbally abuse the diners, including tourists.
If you like good food and you want to discover some of the traditional Roman dishes, so you have to join one of our food tours in Trastevere. With a 3,5 hours walking you will discover the most authentic neighborhood of Rome and you will taste some of the best dishes of the city.
We have suggested you what to see in Trastevere, now are you ready to experience this traditional Roman neighborhood?