There is no city like Rome. And there is no neighbourhood like Trastevere, a place that kept its medieval charm over the centuries. Stepping here, over the Tiber you will feel like in a small Italian city, a city inside a city. And don’t miss these 7 things to do in Trastevere Roe at a glance.
Visiting Trastevere during the day you will be charmed by how sleepy this pace can get.
You will get the impression you re in a small island, or a remote city. Charming, with lots of flowers and palms and lush gardens and then so many hidden gems.
Coming back at evening, you will live the joy and rush. The bars, taverns ad squares are full of people laughing, flirting, or just living the moment.
Italy is so beautiful as makes you stop in everything you are doing and just contemplate.
7 Things To Do In Trastevere Rome’s Bohemian neighbourhood
Trastevere neighbourhood is quite small and you can easily reach it crossing one of the bridges over the Tiber. Like Siesta or Ponte Garibaldi. Or you can just take a short walk from Vatican.
Close by are three metro stations: Quattro Venti, Roma Trastevere and Roma Saint Pietro. You can visit it and also enjoy a lunch, or a dinner, in a half a day.
1. Wander around Santa Maria Square
any visit in Trastevere must start and end in here
2. Santa Maria in Trastevere – the oldest church in Rome
Santa Maria dates back in 337 AD in exactly the place where in the day Jesus was born, an oil thread come to the surface. The miracle is pictured in the mosaics made by Pietro Cavallini in 1291. The church also hads mosaics from 13 century and 22 granite Corinthian and Ionian columns.
You can also visit in Trastevere:
Santa Cecilia in Trastevere church
Cecilia as a rich Roman patrician that became christian, converting other hundreds of people. She was decapitated back in 230 AC for her faith and was sanctified later. When her grave was opened in 1599, her body was found unaltered.
You can see mosaics by Guido Reni in here, from 9th century, a statue made by Carlo Maderno in 1600 and the The Last Judgment by Cavallini. The church is built above the house of Saint Cecilia.
San Francesco a Ripa – you will see a beautiful Bernini sculpture
San Crisogno, 16 century church, built in the place of an older church, from 5th century. Very beautiful church. Saint Crisogno is a Holy Martyr, and the church is one of the first parish churches in Rome.
San Pietro in Montorio- a small temple made by Bramante (one of the most prominent Reinnascence personalities), to mark the place where Saint Peter was crucified.
3. Visit the Art Gallery from Palazzo Corsini
The palace, opened in 1740, has a beautiful art collection that can be visited (check the oratorio). Galleria Corsini hosts masterpieces by: Beato Angelico, Jacopo Bassano, Caravaggio, Rubens, Jusepe de Ribera.
And you can also visit the Library: Biblioteca dell’Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei e Corsiniana.
Close by it is the Villa Farnesina
The sumptuous Villa Farnesina was built by Peruzzi between 1508-1511, for the papal banker Agostino Chigi. He was a hedonist, in love with a lavish lifestyle, that involved a lot of parties. And grandeur.
What you can admire here: Chigi’s Horoscope, Sebastiano del Piombo, Ovidius Metamorphoses and Rafael’s Galatea. Visit it to see how the rich Romans used to live!
4. Enjoy the beautiful l’Orto Botanico
5. Admire the monuments in Trastevere:
Faro al Gianicolo/ Lighthouse of Gianicolo or Janiculum
Ossario Garibaldino Mausoleum
Dell’Acqua Paola Fountain
6. Wonder the streets without a target
Yes, the obvious one yet you got to spare at least an hour for this. Trastevere is one of the best places to get lost. It is a maze of little streets all charming. And if you run out of energy, take an delicious Italian ice cream!
7. Take lunch or dinner
The Trastevere Trattorias and Osteria’s are charming and the food is delicious.
Also, on Sundays, it is a flea market at Port Portese. You can find anything from antiquities to modern items.