Trastevere, the heart of the city, home to major Italian dialectical poet Gioachino Belli and the inspiration for another, Trilussa. It is precisely here that Roman plebeians were born and raised. Amid piazzas, its “Fontanone” fountain and cobblestoned streets, the “Trasteverini” led in ancient times the lives of the common people, whose pride and sincere character as well as beautiful women set them  apart from the “nobility”. Today the district is still amongst Rome’s most beautiful and characteristic: the hub of nightlife and wining and dinning, an open air theatre of marvellous piazzas (Piazza Trilussa, Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere, Piazza San Cosimato ..), churches and historical alleys, all of which are marked by that distinctive timeless “Roman” flavour.

There is nothing more pleasant than an evening stroll through Testaccio, the working-class district, situated between Via Marmorata, the Aurelian Walls and the River Tiber, where true Roma soccer supporters are born and bred. Sense the rather original atmosphere of a zone heaving with restaurants, bars and clubs, making the area around Monte Testaccio highly popular with night-lifers.

The Monte dei Cocci, or Monte Testaccio, is a real and proper “waste tip”, an artificial mound dating from the Roman era rising in the very heart of the city. The ancient Romans in fact used to dump their broken pieces of pottery and fragments of oil amphorae which had arrived for market and been unloaded at the nearby river port on the Tiber. This gathering pile of earthenware over time swelled into a hill, where today a pleasant stroll may be taken hunting for exciting relics dating from the third century A.D. Then in the following centuries, grottos were dug, used as cellars and stables, which have been turned into restaurants and disco-pubs, popular haunts for the nightlifers.

 

The places of the district

Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere

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Ponte Sisto

A direct connection to Trastevere with a postcard background in which you can see the dome [...]

Garibaldi Ossuary Mausoleum

The Garibaldi Ossuary Mausoleum is on the Janiculum hill in the small suburb known as Colle [...]

Museum of Rome in Trastevere

The Museum of Rome in Trastevere is located in the former monastery of Sant’Egidio, where the [...]

Food of the working classes

Our “food trails” wind their way through working-class neighbourhoods where this traditional food continues to thrive. Districts like Trastevere and Testaccio that are fairly [...]

Trastevere

“Porta Portese, Porta Portese!” says the song written by a well-known singer-songwriter from Rome in which he pays tribute to the [...]

The Mural in Via di Porta Portese

Zilda, Salò.

The Mural in Via dell’Arco di San Calisto

Work by the artist Sbagliato

Museum of the Roman Republic and Garibaldi Remembrance

A small, but unexpected museum, with a very special heart and soul. The Museum was officially [...]

Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere

It is piazza with a dual personality: tranquil by day with its sparkling fifteenth century fountain, [...]