Essential: a plate of fettuccine alla romana
Famous for: il suo carattere godereccio
In three words: popular, noisy, fascinating
Stretched to the banks of the Tiber, and woven into a fabric of streets and squares, Trastevere is one of the most special places in Rome: it retains a special, typical, magical atmosphere. It is still an area steeped in tradition, and yet it is where young creative people meet up.
HISTORY: Trastevere derives from the Latin trans Tiberim, meaning beyond the Tiber. In fact, the neighborhood was on the opposite side of where Rome origined and initially developed. Since the beginning, the area has enjoyed a special reputation: universally known for its culinary tradition, authentic atmosphere, beauty of women, Trastevere is now one of the liveliest districts of Rome.
AMBIENCE: Its winding streets covered with sanpietrini (the typical uneven floor consists of blocks of basalt), medieval-style houses, typical noisy taverns, trendy shops, all crowded when the sun falls. Trastevere is a mixture of flavors and styles, influences and traditions. Its inhabitants are considered the most authentic Romans, and probably are. Among tower houses, antique shops, restaurants and trendy bars, Trastevere is suitable for all tastes and impossible not to fall in love with.
PLACES: The heart of the city is Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere, with its central fountain, always crowded with young people in the warm Roman evenings. There is the first church in Rome dedicated to the cult of the Madonna. It is said that in 38 BC was the site of a miracle that foretold the birth of Christ: A jet of oil (petroleum) sprang from the center of the square and came to the Tiber. Today it is a meeting place, as well as Piazza Trilussa. The entire neighborhood is in fact a series of squares whose artistic aspect is really worth taking a look at. But get this- they are also famous for the local culinary traditions. You can truly feel the Roman spirit by enjoying some time in one of these corners of Rome. The island is located in the center of the Tiber River, which separates in the bend of Trastevere from Piazza Navona. Legend has it that his birth took place due to the accumulation of mud that happened when the Romans celebrated the ouster last hated king, Tarquin the Proud, throwing the corn into the Tiber. Whatever its origin is, the Tiber Island is a fascinating place, full of mystery and tradition, sacred to the god Aesculapius, the patron of medicine. It is also a home to one of the major hospitals. Going up into the hills from Trastevere, you reach one of the most famous and spectacular sights of the city- the Janiculum. It isn´t a part of the Seven Hills, but it offers an unforgettable panorama over Rome. The walk that leads to Trastevere Garibaldi square, is a green path, filled with fountains, that let the view of Rome unfold in all its glory before your eyes. From the top you can embrace the entire city, while fondling your loved one.
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