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Trastevere quarter

Visit also: The streets, the squares, the churches and the cheerful ambience of Trastevere

Rome Trastevere area

Santa Maria in Trastevere church and square

The name "Trastevere" derives from Latin "Trans Tiber" (across the Tiber). During the ancient Roman period it was a green neighbourhood belonging to noble families, including that of Julius Caesar. Cleopatra is thought to have lived here. In that epoch it was still encircles by the walls, and the gates were Porta Portese and Porta San Pancrazio.

Top: the interior of the Church

Right: the magnificent medieval pavement of the Church


"TRASTEVERE SWEET HOME": a bright, silent double bedroom apartment with terrace, ample sitting room, remarkably equipped. Elevator. Wheelchair friendly.

"ROMAN ROOFS" : a one bedroom top floor apt. with ample sitting-dining room, patio and panoramic terrace overlooking old Rome's roofs and sights.

"CARAVAGGIO", an elegant designer one bedroom apartment, tastefully and skillfully prepared and remarkably equipped (up to 4 persons).

"MARCO POLO", a one bedroom, sitting room attic with large roof garden with spectacular views of all Rome (2-3 persons). Elevator

"BOTTICELLI": elegant 2 double bedroom, sitting room, dining room 2 bathroom apt., with patio and fireplace (4-5 persons). Elevator.

"ROME DOMES": Fine 2 bedrooms 2 bathr. attic, with sitting room, dining room, large open plan kitchen, with 2 utmost panoramic terraces with views of Rome's domes, in an elegant historical palace facing the famous Tortoise fountain. Daily cleaning (4-5 persons). Elevator.

"TORTOISES": Finest 3 bedroom 3 bathroom apartment with sitting room, dining room, large terrace with views, in an elegant historical palace facing the famous Tortoise fountain. Excellent fittings and equipment. Daily cleaning. (3-6 persons). Elevator.

After the fall of the Roman empire it became a quarter of Jewish trading communities.


In the early Middle Ages the Jews moved to the other side of the river (the quarter that later became the Ghetto), and Trastevere became the main working-class district of the capital. The inhabitants boast that their quarter is "er core de Roma" (the heart of Rome, in Roman dialect).

Nowadays it is a picturesque and artistic quarter where the so called "Roma sparita" (the 17th - 19th century "disappeared Rome", with all its lively, authentic relations embedded in human qualities and with a society still following a human pace) is still somehow in the air and in everyone's memory. It leads to a nostalgia that transformed into a culture on its own right, affecting whoever lives in Rome for some time, native or adoptive.

All streets seem to lead to the stunning Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere. The Church of Santa Maria in Trastevere (top) is believed to be the most ancient one dedicated to the Virgin in Rome. Although the first church was built on the site in the 3rd Century, the present structure was built in the 12th century according to the Romanic architectural style. The interior decorations are instead of the much later baroque period.

Left: Poet G. Belli statue

The quarter includes countless craftsmen shops, art shops and art-house cinemas. At times it seems that every ground-floor space is a restaurant, a pizzeria, a "piano-bar", a bookshop with attached a cozy bar. In July there is a characteristic popular festival, much attended by tourists and Romans alike, called "Festa de Noantri", which means in Roman dialect "Festival for Ourselves".

Roma caffe degli aranci Trastevere
One of the numberless finest cafes / restaurants in the quarter: the Caffe' delle Arance (Oranges Cafe).


Trastevere the fountain in Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere

Top: the beautiful and large fountain in the centre of the Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere


Right: The Church of Santa Maria della Scala

Santa Maria della Scala in Trastevere Rome

There are also beautiful churches, like Santa Maria della Scala (top right), or Santa Cecilia.

During the two centuries before unification (1870) there was a strong tradition of violent rivalry between the "bulli trasteverini" (Trastevere toughs) and the "monticiani" (the boys from Monti). The violent clashes between gangs (an anticipation of West Side Story) were narrated by poet Giuseppe Gioacchino Belli, whose statue as shown now adorns Piazza Belli at the beginning of Viale Trastevere.


Presently the quarter is very trendy, and is a desirable place to live for artists and for many non Romans (Italian and also from the world over), who notably have not changed the intriguing densely-knit character of the quarter, but rather moved with the purpose of integrating in it, which is a rewarding experience. The price of housing is soring, yet the quarter kept its own character and culture.

The boisterous character, the fun loving vulgarity and the good-humoured cynicism of the Trasteverini as described by Belli (which are regarded nowadays as typical Roman popular traits) are seemingly kept alive as a cheerful fashion just to impress. Nevertheless one can still find old ladies sitting outside just for the pleasure of watching passers-by while they do their laundry, or neighbours chatting to one-another from the windows etc.. The old spirit is still alive.

(Right): Vicolo del Cinque, Sunday cleaning

  Porta Settimiana is the northern gate to the Vatican. It continues with Via della Lungara, paved and widened by Pope Julius II to mirror his Via Giulia on the other bank of the river. The street has some of Rome's most splendid "palazzi", as Villa Farnesina with frescoes of Raphael, the Palazzo Corsini, and the adjacent beautiful Orto Botanico (Botanical Gardens). Just after there is Regina Coeli, the medieval prison of Rome, which is bound to be closed.  

Piazza San Cosimato

Porta Settimiana, the gate to the Vatican

  Above Trastevere you find the Gianicolo (Janiculum), and after it Monteverde Vecchio - top left photo, showing also Piazza San Cosimato where a vegetable and groceries morning market takes place. Despite being the highest hill of Rome, the Gianicolo is not considered one of the official seven hills of Rome. It can be reached through the tortuous Via Garibaldi, passing through the splendid baroque Fontana Paola. The view from the Gianicolo is the most spectacular of Rome. The statue-dotted gardens of the hill are dominated by the huge equestrian statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi, close to which soldiers of the Italian Army fire a cannon every day at noon to commemorate the battles of Rome's independence in 1848 against the invading French Army.  

On the other side of Viale (Italian for Avenue) Trastevere there is a very renowned and popular flea market. It is called Porta Portese, as its traditional main entrance is this ancient Roman gate near the Tiber and to its ancient port of Rome.
It originated as a black market during World War II, and it became very popular just after. Perhaps the most interesting section is the one with antiques, in Via Ippolito Nievo and in a section of Piazzale della Radio. The market is open only on Sunday mornings (if it does not rain!), and the best bargains are achieved either very early (around 7 AM), or very late, at closing time around 1-1.30 PM.

(Right): Porta Portese flee market: the antique furniture section

  Transportation to the other quarters of the "centro storico" is excellent, especially by means of tram 8 running along Viale Trastevere. It is like a subway actually, as it has own lanes, and it is very frequent, also with many stops along the Viale. It arrives in a few minutes to Largo Argentina, in the heart of the centre, at walking distance to any place or site of the centre.  

Visit also: The streets, the squares, the churches and the cheerful ambience of Trastevere

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