With a name that means “beyond the Tever” (that’s another word for Tiber), Trastevere was a bustling place even when Emperor Augustus reigned from 27 B.C to 14 A.D. However, it didn’t become an officially recognised district of Rome until 1200 AD, and the streets were only paved when Pope Sixtus IV took power in 1400. In the 1960s and 70s, the town attracted famous residents like Italian film director Sergio Leone.
Things to do
Wander narrow streets full of old buildings overhanging with ivy. Visit the Church of Santa Maria. Dating from the 4th century AD, it’s one of Rome’s oldest churches. Outside, an octagonal fountain is a popular spot for locals to hang out. Inside, you’ll find 22 stone columns and a variety of intricate, detailed mosaics that light up at night-time.
Speaking of night-time, Trastevere has a buzzing nightlife scene that includes dance clubs, indie clubs and cocktails.
Shopping and dining
Shop at Porta Portese Flea Market, a very Italian market held every Sunday that features everything from clothing to antiques to old paintings. The Trastevere city centre has one-of-a-kind gift shops, restaurants with both Italian and international food, and outdoor cafes where you can drink your strong Italian coffee under the shade of an umbrella.
Once you’ve booked your Trastevere accommodation with us, check out our cheap flights to Rome. Getting to Trastevere from Rome is easy, and scenic too! Just cross the Ponte Sisto Bridge, a pedestrian-only bridge that takes you across the Tiber River and offers pleasant views of Rome along the way. Wot a fitting way to introduce yourself to Trastavere.