Exploring Trastevere in Rome

Exploring Trastevere in Rome

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Trastevere means "beyond the river" - which actually makes sense, since the neighborhood of Trastevere is located right next to the river Tiber of Rome. If I could only describe Trastevere in one word, it would be "charming". This poetic centuries-old place has become many locals' and tourists' favorite.

For the wanderers

Rione del Trastevere
Rione del Trastevere
Trastevere, Rome, Italie
A beautiful corner, Trastevere. Photo © Vy Dan Tran.
A beautiful corner, Trastevere. Photo © Vy Dan Tran.

The most iconic image of Trastevere is the ivy-covered colorful buildings and the ancient cobbled streets. The neighbourhood is extremely beautiful during fall time, when the leaves change their colors and give the surroundings an essence of a "warm palette". Try not to use a map while in Trastevere and just let yourself wander and explore the adorable stores and the multiple Italian-style corners. After strolling around the small streets of Trastevere, you can walk alongside Lungotevere and enjoy its relaxing atmosphere. If you are a nature lover, check out the various trees and flowers at the Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico).

Lungotevere
Lungotevere
Lungotevere in Augusta, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Orto Botanico di Roma
Orto Botanico di Roma
Orto Botanico di Roma, Largo Cristina di Svezia, 24, 00165 Roma RM, Italy

For the art & history lovers

Most of the visitors of Trastevere wouldn't want to miss the important historical and religious site of  "Basilica of Our Lady in Trastevere". From the outside, the basilica is not that impressive, however, the gilded interior is quite magnificent, especially the altar area. In fact, the basilica is one of the oldest churches in Rome, dating back to the 4th century. Art history lovers should also check out the Villa Farnesina, which is an only 8-min walk away from the basilica. Villa Farnesina is an art museum in a Renaissance villa showcasing beautiful frescos, including the works of Raphael

The interior of Basilica of Our Lady in Trastevere. Photo ©  Vy Dan Tran.
The interior of Basilica of Our Lady in Trastevere. Photo © Vy Dan Tran.
Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere
Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere
Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere, 00153 Roma, Italie
Villa Farnesina, Rome
Villa Farnesina, Rome
Via della Lungara, 230, 00165 Roma RM, Italy

For the budget eaters

Foodies will definitely fall in love with the food scene in Trastevere. Supplì (fired rice balls filled with cheese), pizzas, pasta, and many other Italian delicacies, can be found in Trastevere at cheap prices. Two of my favorite restaurants in Trastevere are the Dar Poeta and the Trattoria da Enzo. While the Dar Poeta is a pizza restaurant, the Trattoria da Enzo is famous for its pasta dishes, such as carbonara. The home-made tiramisu at Trattoria da Enzo is also worth tasting. A simple meal at these restaurants would not cost you more than 20 euros per person.

The pizza at Dar Poeta. Photo ©  Vy Dan Tran.
The pizza at Dar Poeta. Photo © Vy Dan Tran.
Dar Poeta, Rome
Dar Poeta, Rome
Vicolo del Bologna, 45, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
Trattoria Da Enzo, Rome
Trattoria Da Enzo, Rome
Via dei Vascellari, 29, 00153 Roma RM, Italy

For the sweet-toothed

Have you heard the phrase "La dolce vita", which literally means "the sweet life"? A Roman experience would not be complete without the desserts. Do you like cookies, tiramisu or gelato? Trastevere has them all. While working in an art gallery in Trastevere, I used to visit the authentic bakery Biscottificio Artigiano Innocenti. The owner is super lovely, and everything there is tasty. Another go-to place for desserts is Tiramisú, where you can try tiramisu made in a fun and modern style. Still craving for more tiramisu or curious about the dessert's history? Check out my story: "The Tasty Tiramisu". I also wrote a piece on the Italian gelato: "Where to find the best gelato in Italy".

A heart-shaped cookie. Photo ©  Vy Dan Tran.
A heart-shaped cookie. Photo © Vy Dan Tran.
Biscottificio Artigiano Innocenti, Rome
Biscottificio Artigiano Innocenti, Rome
Via della Luce, 21, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
Tiramisú Trastevere, Rome
Tiramisú Trastevere, Rome
Via di S. Francesco a Ripa, 29, 00153 Roma RM, Italy

What else in Rome?

Apart from Trastevere, another worth exploring neighborhood in Rome is the Monteverde Vecchio. For more information on what to do in this off-the-beaten-path area, check out my story "Exploring Monteverde Vecchio in Rome." I highly recommend visiting those two inspiring and gorgeous neighborhoods.

Cover picture © Credits to Vy Dan Tran.

The author

Vy Tran

Vy Tran

Vy grew up in Hanoi but defines herself as a global citizen. She loves Dutch Golden Age paintings, dining at Michelin restaurants, watching warm sunsets and Italy, where she would be willing to spend her life.

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