Trastevere Rome: Hotels, Map, Sights
If you are looking for that authentic Rome experience then without a doubt the Trastevere area is the place to book your Rome accommodation.
The Trastevere may be the other side (Tras) of the Tevere (Tiber river) but it's still only a stroll away from many of Rome's biggest tourist attractions: Circus Maximus, the Colosseum, Mouth of Truth, Marcellus Theater, Piazza Venezia, Piazza di Campidoglio, Pantheon and Piazza Navona, to name a few.
The Trastevere area has no Metro nearby but there are plenty of buses and also a handy tram to choose from (we will discuss transport options later down the page). One important bit of advice: The nightlife in the area can be quite vibrant so be sure that your accommodation in trastevere faces away from the piazzas (squares) and busy streets.
Rome Italy Map: Trastevere Area
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What to see in the Trastevere area?
The Santa Maria in Trastevere was originally founded in the 3rd Century BC and is said to be the first official Christian building of worship. It was founded by Pope Callixtus when Christianity was still very much a minority faith.
The Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere is the social meeting point for the Trastevere area, and in the evenings you will see many couples, students, musicians and performers around the steps of the fountain (Carlo Fontana) in the center of the piazza.
In Piazza San Francesco d'Assisi you will find the Church of San Francesco a Ripa. St Francis of Assisi lived here during his stay in Rome and his crucifix and stone pillow can be seen in the room where he slept. The church is also home to Bernini's much debated "Ecstasy of Beata Ludovica Albertoni" - the sculpture of the nun Ludovica whose pangs of both religious ecstasy and mortal suffering look too provocative for some members of the faith.
Strolling from Tiber island to Campo
de Fiori over the Ponte Fabricio
Between Trastevere and Campo de Fiori lies the Tiber Island (Isola Tiberina). The Ponte Cestio (Cestio bridge) connects Tiber Island with Trastevere, and the Ponte Fabricio connects it with the Jewish Ghetto area of Campo de Fiori.
The Ponte Fabricio dates from 62 BC and is the oldest standing bridge over the Trastevere.
The original Port of Ancient Rome was situated in this area of Campo de Fiori and Tiber island.
Hardly a stones throw upstream from the Tiber island The Trastevere area is again connected with Campo de Fiori by Ponte Sisto. The bridge is named after the Pope who commissioned the construction, Pope Sixtus IV.
The central orifice in the main supporting arch is said to have been constructed as a flood warning marker for the old Roman inhabitants; if the water levels of the Tiber reached this height then the surrounding areas were in grave danger of flooding. Actually the orifice is quite a clever engineering addition as it relieves the build up of forces during Rome floods. See pictures of the Ponte Sisto during the Rome Floods of December 2008.
As if the Trastevere isn't already blessed with enough camera fodder its neighbor is the Janiculum hill. The Janiculum is not only known for its spectacular views over the city and being a romantic at night for couples but it is also the scene where Garibaldi while fighting for Italian unity (history of Rome Italy) courageously held off the Pope's sponsored French troupes.
Views from the Janiculum
If you decide to walk to the top of the Janiculum a relaxing stroll is the route through the beautiful Botanical Gardens (from Via della Lungara into Via Corsini), 3€ entrance.
Getting to and from the Trastevere area.
(Refer to the street map of the Trastevere area above while following the instructions for using Rome Public Transport.)
Rome buses: The main bus stop is at Termini Station.
For more about the buses in Rome see my dedicated page Rome buses and Rome public transport.
Rome taxi: There are main taxi ranks at Piazza Mastai and Piazza Belli (refer to the street map above).
Rome tourist buses: The closest tourist bus stop is the other side of the Tiber island: over the Ponte Fabricio and near the Marcellus Theater (Teatro di Marcello).The Rome tourist buses are a great introduction to the city and the easiest way to find your bearings and choose your must-dos for your next lap around.
Note: If you haven't already heard about it on my site then the ATAC public transportation in Rome site has a great tool for calculating the quickest route from point A to point B anywhere in Rome (using Rome public transportation). When you arrive at the website click on the English language option to the right. Fill in your departure address and arrival address.For more information visit public transportation in Rome Italy and its related pages:
Restaurants and nightlife in the Trastevere area.
With regards to restaurants and nocturnal activities, the Trastevere area lacks very little. Restaurants, clubs, arty cafes, bars and pubs are abundant in most streets.
Get your camera ready as the area oozes character and charm, and in summer you will find restaurant tables and chairs spilling into sidewalks, alleys and piazzas. (In winter too, but with the addition of the overhead gas heaters.)
If for some reason you get bored of Trastevere's seductive appeal, check your pulse to see if you have a heart beat, then head for the busy nightlife of Piazza di Campo dè Fiori. It's only a short beautiful stroll away across the Tiber River.
Finished with the Trastevere area? Click on an area of the map below to visit another area.
Central Rome Italy Map: Click on an area to go to its dedicated page.
Central Rome areas dedicated pages:
• Aventine hill
• Campo de Fiori
• Piazza del Popolo
• Piazza Navona
• San Giovanni in Laterano
• Spanish Steps/Spagna
• Trevi Fountain/Fontana
• Via Veneto
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