Trastevere

Trastevere

Located west of the Tiber river, this is the Bohemian neighborhood of Rome. This area is a little more quiet than the historic center of the city. It is known for beautiful cobblestone roads, restaurants, and Basilica of Our Lady. I find it a little bit grungy in some areas, but I think that’s part of the charm. If you have a little bit of extra time in Rome, take an afternoon to explore the Trastevere area and finish your day with a dinner at Da Enzo. Reservations are a must.

Trastevere: little neighborhood restaurants

Trastevere: little neighborhood restaurants

Basilica of Our Lady

Located in the Piazza Santa Maria, the church was restored by Pope Innocent II (1130-1143). Ionic structures within the nave were reportedly taken from nearby ruins. Some of the ancient ionic structures contained faces of Isis and other non-Christian deities, and were subsequently scrubbed off. The mosaics in the church (credited to Pietro Cavallini) are stunning, even during a visit to the church in the evening.

Trastevere: Late night restaurants still open with people eating outside!

Trastevere: Late night restaurants still open with people eating outside!

Trastevere: Small alleyway with faded walls

Trastevere: Small alleyway with faded walls

Basilica of Our Lady: The famous mosaics constructed in the 12th and 13th centuries

Basilica of Our Lady: The famous mosaics constructed in the 12th and 13th centuries