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What to Do in Rome? Stroll Through Trastevere
Long queues have formed in front of the Colosseum since the early morning. Crowds brandishing selfie sticks have invaded the world-famous Piazza di Trevi. Even Trastevere, Rome’s former working class district, is no longer an insider secret. But it’s here where you can still find hidden oases. It is here you can find the hip bars serving craft beers and possibly the best trattoria in the city. This is the answer to the question of what to do in Rome when you arrive!
It’s probably because of its location that today’s artists’ quarter isn’t overrun with tourists. After all, Trastevere, which means “beyond the Tiber” in Italian. It is on the other side of the river to the typical sights.
Discover churches and hidden treasures
Trastevere does not have the baroque fountains or an ancient Pantheon like the other side of the river. However, history and culture are still within reach in what is possibly Rome’s oldest district. The first to make an impression is the Santa Maria church in Trastevere. It features mosaics by Cavallini in the apse and magnificent gilded ceilings. Also nearby are the churches San Pietro in Montorio and Santa Cecilia in Trastevere. Also, there is San Francesco a Ripa and Santa Maria della Scala. Directly opposite the latter you can also find one of the best gelaterias in the city.
You’ll constantly happen across hidden corners which add to the district’s magic. Simple bars where elderly Romans sit in the shade playing cards, small handicraft shops and colourful courtyards with cats lying on the warm cobbles.
Enjoy authentic Italian cuisine
In Trastevere’s narrow alleyways you’ll find a mix of traditional osterias and charming cafés. Among the most famous is the Osteria Zi Umberto. The typical Roman dish Pasta Cacio e Pepe is one of the menu’s culinary highlights. Pizza lovers will adore Forno La Renella. For a quick bite to eat, go to Via di S. Francesco a Rupi for supplì, fried balls of rice with various fillings.
Most tourists embarking on a trip through Trastevere flock to the Piazza di Santa Maria, but few venture across the Viale di Trastevere. It’s worth a trip across the main street all the same. That’s where you’ll find the Hybris Art Gallery, for example. a mixture of an art gallery, café and wine bar with a luxurious atmosphere. It also serves up delicious cuisine.