If you are looking for a place to stay in Rome, look no further from a quaint and soulful Roman district of Trastevere. This atmospheric neighborhood with great nightlife is located on the west bank of the Tiber, hence its name ( tras = across, tevere = Tiber). It is very quiet during the day, pleasently removed from the crowds and hustle and bustle of the city, yet conveniently located within walking distance from the Historic Center, the Vatican City and Spanish Steps. Tram 8 will take you to Piazza Venezia and from there it's just a hop to Capitoline Hill, Roman Forum, Colosseum, etc. Though no longer hidden this village - like neighborhood truly is a gem. Maze of cobblestoned streets perfect for aimless walks, taking photos and just soaking up the atmosphere. At night, its many trendy cocktail bars, pubs and restaurants open the door and tourists and locals fill the streets and small, intimate squares. There's no lack of tourist sights in Trastevere. One of the most beautiful and oldest churches is located in Trastevere's central piazza - Santa Maria in Trastevere. Interior is quite a sight - nave is held by 21 ancient Roman columns, while gold mosaics dating back to the 12th century adorne the walls. Another church worth your time is Santa Cecilia in Trastevere built over ancient houses, one of them probably belonging to the saint. Janiculum Hill is perfect for a sunset stroll and offers great views of Rome. Streets of Trastevere are lined with great trattorias, one of them is Cave Canem in Piazza di San Calisto. Delicious pizzas and pastas ataffordable prices. After dinner, take a short walk to Tiramisu Trastevere one of the best places in the city to try this famous Italian dessert.
Literally "across the Tiber," Trastevere was once considered the outskirts of Rome. Now part of il centro storico, this very distinct district is the perfect place to glimpse a bit of the old world while still enjoying the lifestyle of today's Romans. In fact, on my visit, it was the only place in the centro storico where Romans outnumbered tourists! Locals and tourists alike flock to its many small cafes, pubs and restaurants. Young locals in particular are drawn to its bohemian charms. I would add that Trastevere is "hip" without the overly done hipster almost-snooty feel that I found in a place like Notting Hill, for example.A good way to sample Trastevere is to take a tram to Piazza Santa Maria (the main gathering place in Trastevere) and lose yourself in the many winding streets that are adjacent to the piazza. There's an outdoor market at Piazza San Cosimato, one block from the San Francesco a Ripa church, that can be rightly considered a highlight of the area.
I love this area of Rome but I wish we had more time to spend there! We went there for lunch before going to the Colosseum and not many places were open. Regardless, we had a wonderful time strolling through the streets. It was pretty quiet and so beautiful. I can see why this area is quickly becoming a more popular place for people to stay when they come to Rome. We didn’t get to eat there, but I’ve heard Dar Poeta is a great place for pizza!
A small charming neighborhood on the other side of Tiber River. It is popular for its small restaurants serving good local food. It's where locals go and some tourists in the know. Still, it is more local than touristy and you can find authentic Roman food at cheap rates. The winding narrow cobbled streets are always great for a stroll.
By far the best place in Rome to stay and live amongst the locals. The food options were the best in Rome and far less expensive than touristy areas if you can stumble your way through the translator. Very few people spoke much English, but they were very friendly and made us feel at home. Your best bet if you are not staying in Trastevere is to take a cab and then wander around looking for non-English menus and where the locals are eating.
I am told this area is where the locals prefer to eat. Authentic Roman foods found at cheaper prices~ not catering to the tourists. This was the experience we were looking for, and it was wonderful! There were street vendors at great prices and the shops carried unique merchandise and prices were reasonable. Next time we plan to spend more time in Trastevere. A nice change from the touristy spots.
My former home... Trastevere is in some ways the heart of Rome... and is pretty much undisputedly the most 'Italian' of all of Rome's areas. Go to Trastevere and you will find incredible food, vibrant atmosphere, history everywhere, and the most genuine, friendly, intensely Roman people anywhere. They may not speak a word of English but they will do all they can to make your visit memorable.
Trastevere is a more local, working class area of Rome. If you want to stay away from tourists and still experience the local Roman nightlife, I would suggest going here and renting an apartment to stay. Plus, the buildings are old and lovely with Tuscan-like golden hues, the restaurants are great, and there's an old, historic church called Santa Maria.
the trendy area over River Tber is about 5' walk from the apartment, crossing the ancient Ponte Sisto, you'll be is the pictoresque Rome area, with even more good restaurants and pubs ... all strictly visitable on foot only, as the alleys and streets are narrow and choch full of pedestrians until late at night.