Trastevere: History, Culture and Entertainment
Trastevere was originally a slum area that was semi-isolated from the rest of Rome until it was finally placed within the city walls. Today, Trastevere is a symbol of Rome's culture and history, of its inhabitants, and of that Roman veracity that is slowing fading away over the years. Trastevere is one of the primary locations in Rome for entertainment, whether that be eating out, having drinks, exploring the areas historic streets, or just examining the local flavor.
Trastevere: Squares, Churches, and Bridges
Trastevere is the 13th district of Rome, its name derives from the Latin “Trans Tiberim” (beyond the Tiber). It was placed out of the town and joined to the rest of Rome through the Subliciotale bridge until the emperor Aurelian (270-275 A.D.) included it within the Roman walls. Today Trastevere is a district full of history, with narrow and irregular streets, in the middle of Rome, between the Colosseum and St. Peter's. Coming from Castel Sant'Angelo, on the left of the Tiber, you will come across the bridge of Ponte Sisto, a panoramic window over the so-called ''blonde'' river. In front of the bridge there is Piazza Trilussa, dedicated to the Roman vernacular poet who lived between the end of the XIXth and the first half of the XXth century. Its steps are an important meeting place of the young and tourists at night. Behind the steps, going around the streets you can admire the Church of Santa Maria in Trastevere, in the middle of the square of the same name, and the Museum of Rome in Trastevere, dedicated to Roman folklore. In addition you can visit the Church of Saint Egidio and from there the Corsini Gallery, that hosts works from Mannerism to Baroque (among the others we remember Guido Reni, Giovanni Lanfranco, Caravaggio, Francesco Trevisani, Luca Giordano, Carlo Maratta, Rubens, Andrea Del Sarto). In front of the gallery, later on, there is the Academy of Lincei, founded in 1603 by Federico Cesi. The academy has always been a meeting place of great scientists, among them there was Galileo Galilei. Still in the area, in Via San Francesco di Sales, you may visit the Casa della Memoria e della Storia, fulcrum of cultural life, events, shows that deal with crucial moments of the history of the XIX th century and of Rome. Coming back in Via Garibaldi, beyond Porta Settimiana, you can go ahead until Piazza Della Scala, here in to Piazza San Calisto and to the next streets, full of night clubs and restaurants that lead to the wider and more modern Viale Trastevere and then again towards the river passing through Piazza Sonnino where there are the Church of San Crisogono (where the medieval mosaic of Pietro Cavallini is kept) and the Church of Saint Agata (which hosts the famous statue of the Madonna de Noantri, patron saint of Trastevere), as far as you reach the evocative Piazza Gioacchino Belli, the Roman poet who described the Romans in the XIXth century. You cannot miss the Church of San Francesco a Ripa, where the Umbrian saint stayed, here there is the astonishing sculpture of Gianlorenzo Bernini, the Beata Ludovica Albertoni. Nowadays Trastevere keeps its features thanks to its winding streets covered with cobble stones and its medieval housing plan. At night Trastevere is full of people, both Italians and foreigners, thanks to its restaurants and pubs for every taste and budget. Trastevere is one of the most lively, characteristic, and self-sufficient districts in Rome. It offers restaurants, pizzerias, cinemas, markets (that of Saint Cosimato has been reorganized recently), banks, pharmacies, supermarkets, elegant shops, and many artisan workshops. For this reason Trastevere is becoming one of the most expensive areas of Rome and is now turning from being a working class neighborhood to a pole of yuppies and radical chic people. If you need some advice on opportunities offered by the district by day and at night you can have a look at the page dedicated to Rome Trastevere.
For some advice on where to stay in Trastevere, you are invited to take a look at our dedicated directory Hotel in Trastevere Rome.
Trastevere: Where to Eat
For some advice on where to eat in Trastevere, check out our dedicated guide Trastevere Restaurants.
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