Trastevere, Rome is my second favorite neighborhood in the Italian capital, right after the Navona neighborhood. The neighborhood is located south of Vatican City, near the Tevere river. Trastevere is famous for being still super authentic, full of colorful streets. Colorful, cozy, vibrant, and VERY ITALIAN. You can find hundreds of amazing and authentic bars, restaurants, and osterias all around the neighborhood. Italian orange palazzos covered in flowers and ivy, the cobblestoned streets, the vibes… That’s what makes Trastevere unskippable!
Between 2018-2020, I’ve been always booking my hostels/hotels/b&bs in Trastevere. I think there’s nothing more beautiful in Rome than walking out of the house to these colorful streets and starting the day by feeling already in heaven. For the future as well, I’m looking forward to staying in Trastevere’s neighborhood.
Things to See and Do in Trastevere neighborhood, Rome
Roaming around in Trastevere, Rome
The easiest free experience here is just hitting the roads! It doesn’t really matter which direction you take, in Trastevere, you’ll always find something pretty on each corner.
The streets like Via della Renella, via della Scala, Via del Moro, and Vicolo del Piede are the much-loved ones of those I’ve already discovered. Basically, wherever you start your tour just follow the most beautiful street you see around you and you’ll always discover more and more magical places. For this area, as well as for the Navona area – if you want to just wander around and discover, close your map application/put your map away and just go!
Food, foood, fooood
Awww… This is a really hard topic. Not because I don’t have anything to say about it, but because there are too many AMAZING places to mention!
The Trastevere is the paradise of great food and cool pubs. Nearly every street has at least 2-3 restaurants, osterias, and bars to try, and it’s so hard to choose because they are all lovely! Some of my favorite things to do in Trastevere is Happy Hour (aperitivo) in the afternoon when near your Aperol Spritz or other drinks, you’ll get some snacks, mini pizza/sandwiches, or bruschetta plate for free!
The atmosphere in Trastevere over the evening upgrades to an even more vibrant and lively version. The streets are full of people having fun with friends, enjoying the evening/night. You’ll be always surrounded by music and dozens and dozens of local people in Trastevere!
Trastevere is a perfect place for great dinners and drinks, and as I mentioned before, the opportunities are endless. Almost forgot, try some takeaway pizza and handcrafted gelato!
Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere
The square of Santa Maria in Trastevere is famous because of the church that’s wearing the same name. The Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere is one of the oldest churches in Rome. The Romanesque campanile is from the 12th century, but its floor plan is dating back to 340’s. The past few years it was wrapped due to constructions, and it was such a disappointment every time I’ve gone there to see it all covered.
The good news, however, restorations were finished in 2019 and it’s all visible now, and so breathtaking! If you’re visiting Rome, now you can see the Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere in its glowing bloom.
Around the square, you’ll find plenty of restaurants with a beautiful view of the square. In the middle of Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere, you’ll see the Fountain of Santa Maria in Trastevere. It’s believed that this is the oldest fountain in Rome dating back to the 8th century. Its recent look was made by Bramante and with later additions from Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Carlo Fontana.
Gianicolo Hill, Rome
Gianicolo Hill is one of my favorite, fantastic and so not touristy spots in Rome! The Gianicolo hill is one of the most beautiful hidden gems of the city! You can visit here the Fontana di Acqua Paola at first. It was designed and built at the beginning of the 17th century, by Giovanni Fontana and Flaminio Ponzio. This fountain is almost as big as the Trevi Fountain and it also served as an inspiration for making the Trev fountain.
Passing the fountain, if you walk up to the top of the hill, you’ll arrive at a viewpoint from which there’s a spectacular panoramic view above the city, with the Apennine mountains in the background. You’ll also find here the enormous statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi, the leader of the Italian unification.
Rome has some spots with a spectacular view! Gianicolo Hill is one of them. Read about the top 6 places with breathtaking views in Rome to learn about all the places with spectacular views in the Eternal City!
Roman Holiday moments while staying in Trastevere
I’ve spent my 25th birthday with my best friend in Rome in 2019. We’ve been staying in the Trastevere neighborhood and spent most of our time there. I really like this area because of its vibes and colorful streets. BONUS: It’s one of the safest areas in the city. See below for some insights about our trip!
One of the best central neighborhoods to stay in Rome
And we arrived at the final point. Staying in the Trastevere neighborhood.
I think this is the best neighborhood to stay in. As I previously mentioned, it’s so amazing walking out in the morning to the beautiful and colorful streets of Trastevere, Rome. This makes this area already worth the stay! It’s also important to mention that it is very safe! Even more, it’s very close to the city center and the main attractions, but it’s still far enough to not have 5-star prices!
For ladies who’re traveling on a lower budget, I highly recommend the Orsa Maggiore Hostel for Women ONLY.
It’s nice, it’s affordable and it’s just for women, which especially for first-timers in Rome, or newbie solo travel girls can really give an extra sense of safety. It’s also very close to the center, literally 9 minutes away from Piazza Navona!
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