A tipical roman district, pictoresque narrow roads, squares and churches, a place where you can get lost between a glass of wine and a “carbonara pasta”… welcome to Trastevere.
Trastevere is one of Rome’s most colorful areas and is often referred to as a “real Roman neighborhood.” Its name means “across the river” and refers to its location on the west bank of the Tiber or Tevere in Italian.
In the Heart of Rome, among the narrow lanes, the sampietrini and the medieval houses, Trastevere is one of the most famous district of the capital.
If you want to discover its magic, you have to live it, during the night. After the sunset the streets and squares of the district become the heart of the Roman night life, after having been the house of history and culture, during the day.
A lot of some typical restaurants and night clubs are open until the sunrise. It is the perfect place to enjoy yourself, meet new people and taste the good Roman food.
If you stay in Trastevere, you can’t miss the local food: bucatini all’amatriciana, spaghetti cacio e pepe, gricia, carbonara and coda alla vaccinara, abbacchio al forno and trippa alla romana. They are just some traditional dishes proposed by the restaurants. They are so many you just have to choose the one you prefer.
The most famous one is Cencio la Parolaccia, famous because the waiters use to offend the customers; there is good guitar and accordion music and Roman stornelli. Another restaurant is Gigetto, famous for the wine from Frascati and for its good dishes, especially for its carciofo alla giudia, Roman citizens favourite dish.
During the summer, the tables of the restaurant are set outside and you can have dinner under the sky. During the day, there are a lot of stands where you can buy the famous Grattachecca, that is grated ice served with fruit syrup.
After dinner, you must have a walk around the streets full of shops selling local products. Before coming back home, at the sunrise you can’t miss to respect one of the favorite habits of Roman citizens: you must have a cappuccino with a croissant, before going to sleep, to be sure you will have good dreams!
During the night or the day, the streets and squares of the districts are rich in tourists and inhabitants meeting themselves in the night clubs. There are pubs, where you can drink a beer and restaurants where you can have pizza and discover the genuine tastes of the Roman food.
Walking among the streets you might find the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere that contains brilliant gold mosaics from the 1100s, and a nave held up by ancient columns pillaged from the Baths of Caracalla.
Dedicated to a 3rd-century martyr, the nearby Church of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere is known for its elaborate crypt and a magnificent Baroque-era sculpture of the saint.
The legend says stefano Maderno saw the remains of the virgin cecilia 1500 years after her death and those appeared him perfectly intacted as she died few days before, he realized her statue properly as she was in 1599.