We often distinguish the neighborhoods of Rome according to two characteristics: "tourist" or "not tourist".
For example, the historic center is touristy but Pigneto is not. San Lorenzo, the student district, is not very touristy and the Rione Monti neither even if it is becoming more and more hipstery. And then there is the Vatican, the smallest state in the world yet with the highest density of tourists per square kilometer, whose walls are located inside a residential area - Prati.
And then there is a "hybrid" neighborhood, a part of Rome that all tourists have heard about and where the natives have their habits, an area where Romans and tourists from around the world share an apperitivo, a district where the many restaurants and bars offer very reasonable prices, a parenthesis within the eternal city that has kept the charm of a small village in southern Italy with its cobbled streets, colorful buildings, and linen lying between two buildings .. This is Trastevere!
Trastevere - literally meaning "on the other side of the Tiber" is a must-see area of Rome. You will understand it is a neighborhood where authenticity and novelty are mixed in small colorful streets. Trastevere includes few museums and no antique monuments. It's more like a neighborhood to go from late afternoon after a long day of walking through the city or just to find friends after work.
From 5pm the neighborhood comes alive, the heat becomes less stifling, the shops reopen and it is nice to eat an ice cream sitting in front of the fountain of Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere. Later comes the time of the apperitivo and there is a choice, we can not mention all the stalls that propose concept, but you will find the best ones below.
And then the night continues, night markets settle, the streets fill up, the music becomes louder, here you are in the ideal district to party Italian way: few clubs - Italians are more likely to drink in the street - but a lot of bars and improvised evenings in the apartment or directly on the street.
Basilica Santa Maria in Trastevere: the basilica is located in the heart of the district on a large square lined with restaurants and decorated with a fountain. The facade of the basilica is atypical and covered with a Byzantine mosaic. The interior of the building is very richly decorated with golden mosaic.
Address: Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere
Janiculum Hill: The terrace of the Janiculum Hill is a large esplanade offering the most beautiful panorama of the capital, a breathtaking spectacle to congratulate you for climbing the hill!
Address: Piazzale Garibaldi
The National Gallery of Ancient Art of Palazzo Corsini: Opposite Villa Farnesina there is the Corsini Palace. The collection houses paintings and sculptures from the 14th to the 18th century. It is also nice to look at the murals, ornaments and decorations of the building.
Address: Via della Lungara, 10
Hours: from 8.30am to 7pm
The Rome Museum of Trastevere: Located in a former convent, this museum presents reconstructions of everyday life in Trastevere in the 18th and 19th centuries. A room is also dedicated to the Roman poet Trilussa.
Address: Piazza di S. Egidio, 1b
Hours: from 10am to 8pm
THE BEST GELATERIA OF THE DISTRICT:
Fior de Luna: Discreetly located in a small alley, this artisanal ice cream shop welcomes you in a retro decor. The ice cream has a pronounced taste without coloring or additives. The perfumes change according to the season (no strawberry in winter for example), the products are organic and the price unbeatable : 3€50 for the 3 scoops.
Address: Via della Lungaretta, 96
Hours: Sunday to Thursday from 1pm to 8pm and Friday and Saturday from 1pm to 11pm
APPERITIVO & CO :
Brusco Lo Strabuono: this small fast food specialized in bruschetta not really offers apperitivo but only bruschetta. The choice is impressive from the typical bruschetta with tomato to the sweet bruschetta passing by that with typical dish such as pasta carbonara (yes pasta on a bruschetta !!). It is nice to take a bruschetta in this shop and go eat in one of the many bars in the street accompanied by a cocktail. Affordable price: 3€50 one or 5€ both, ideal for couples or greedy ;)
Address: Vicolo de 'Cinque, 22
Freni e Frizione: incontestably the most famous apperitivo of Rome. From 6pm to 10pm the bar is so full that people sit in front of the small square and eat standing or on the stairs that go down to the other streets of Trastevere. Salad buffet and cocktail for 10€.
Address: Via del Politeama 4/6
Hours: from 6.30pm - 2am
8 millimetri: the bar welcomes you in a cozy setting however to have the chance to sit in a comfortable armchair or sofa you will need to arrive very early. But whether sitting or standing you can always enjoy the pasta and vegetable buffet accompanied by a cocktail for 8€.
Address: Via del Moro, 8
Hours: 18h30 - 2h
LUNCH OR DINNER:
Cajo & Gajo: typical Italian cuisine offering traditional dishes, pasta and pinsa (cousin of the pizza, they come on a board, they are smaller but also more provided and have the dough both crisp and soft.). A pleasant place and delicious plates, especially pasta caccio e pepe. There is often waiting before having a place (especially on the terrace) but then we are served quickly.
Address: Vicolo del Bologna, 45-46
Hours: 10am to 2am
Bir & fud: traditional beer bar that also offers pizza. The daisy with mozzarella di Buffala is a must try! Remember to book;)
Address: Via Benedetta, 23
Hours: Monday to Thursday from 6pm to 2am and Friday to Saturday from 12am to 2pm
Dar Poeta: the best pizza at the neighborhood cup!
Address: Piazza San Callisto, 10
Hours: 12am to 1am
Cioccolata e Vino: an innovative concept: bar-library serving shooters in chocolate glasses! A good address for an alcoholic party rich in laughter, not to miss!
Address: Vicolo de 'Cinque, 11A
Hours: Monday to Thursday from 7pm to 2am and Friday to Sunday from 2pm to 2am
Mr.Brown: a small entrance and low prices and here you are entering the Mr.Brown bar which will eventually become one of your favorite places in Trastevere. During happy hours the cocktails cost 3€50 and 5€ after, behind the first small room where is the bar you will discover a second room dirty filled with large sofa and atypical decoration: tickets, photo and vintage objects retrace the history of the bar.
Address: Vicolo de 'Cinque, 29
Hours: 5pm to 2am
Big Hilda Pub: A bar offering a very diverse menu of cocktails, craft beers and fine wines. During happy hours the pint costs 3€50 and the glass of wine 2€50, you can also enjoy their very generous cold cuts / cheese board.
Address: Vicolo de 'Cinque, 33
Hours: 5pm to 2am