Rome Neighborhood Spotlight: Trastevere

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The scene at Porta Portese’s market in Trastevere; photo by Tara Bulba

Today we bring you another neighborhood spotlight, this time we’re focusing the lens on Trastevere in Rome, Italy. Ciao down!

Across the river…

Trastevere, which literally means “Beyond the Tiber,” is an area directly west of the Tiber River in Rome. Not only is it gorgeous architecturally (think lots of ivy, stone walls, cobblestone streets, and medieval buildings), it’s pretty chock full of funky shops, cafes, and bars. (In fact, we call it “Boho gone Soho” in our guide.

Years ago, it was your typical Roman working class neighborhood, but today, it’s been ‘discovered’ by hipsters and fashionistas alike.

This doesn’t mean it has to be expensive, though.  Six of the budget hotels we recommend in this area go for under €150 a night, for two guests. And, if you want something cheaper, we have tons of properties via  CheapoSearch; just do a search and simply highlight Trastevere as your neighborhood of choice. (As usual, let us know if you don’t find what you’re looking for.)

What to see and do…and eat

A trip to Trastevere isn’t complete without a visit to the flea market in Porta Portese. It happens every Sunday from 7 AM to 1 PM, just off of Viale Trastevere.

If you want some truly spectacular photos of the city (“I’ve seen the world from both sides now…”), be sure to take a walk on Isola Tiberina, the island that’s in the middle of the Tiber between the Trastevere and Centro Historico sides.

The Church of Santa Maria in Trastevere is widely considered the oldest church – dedicated to the Virgin Mary –  in Rome. It’s a beautiful sight, with golden mosaics and a Romanesque facade.

And, our own EC correspondent Annie Shapero, recommends Da Augusto (Piazza de’ Renzi, 15) for traditional Italian fare – and at reasonable prices.

If you go

Check out our guide for lots of budget tips for Rome, hotels, and more.

About the author

Meredith Franco Meyers
About the author: Meredith earned an MFA in fiction writing at The New School in New York City. Her feature stories and articles have appeared in Ladies' Home Journal, American Baby, Self, Bridal Guide, Time Out New York, Fitness and more. She joined EuroCheapo in summer 2007.
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