• Trastevere is a wonderful place to stay in Rome. Probably my favorite Rome neighborhood for first-time visitors. It’s both central to the top sights of Rome and a little removed from the city center (across the river) so feels less touristy than areas around the Trevi Fountain or Spanish Steps.
• Trastevere is a historic district of Rome that is concentrated around the Piazza de Santa Maria, with a highlight that includes the fountain in front of the Basilica of Our Lady in Trastevere. It’s a busy and lively area that is very walkable. Great selection of trattorias, gelaterias, and second-hand stores. From cucina Romana to regional Italian dining or pizza. Restaurants are largely Italian trattorias, pizzerias, and osterias, where you can meet the locals and taste the treats that have been served up there for generations. If you want a fun and funky area to stay then Trastevere is a great choice.
• The neighborhood is full of lovely alleyways and little piazzas. The central neighborhood square is dominated by 12-century Basilica di Santa Maria. Behind Basilica, is located Museo di Roma in Trastevere. The museum’s permanent exhibition focuses on Roman life in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Major themes are costume, folk dancing, festivals, and crafts. Cut across busy Viale Trastevere, you will find the way down to Basilica di Santa Cecilia. Palazzo Corsini with a collection of antique art by Titian and Caravaggio. Behind the Palace is the University of Rome’s Botanic Garden, with more than 7000 plant species.
• The Giancolo or Janiculum Hill offers epic views of Rome from its green setting.
• The area is largely multicultural and has been a haven for artists and ex-pats alike over the years. A major draw for the area is the ability to enjoy la passeggiata, an early evening stroll. The area is very walkable and is highlighted by narrow, cobblestone streets. The area features a variety of restaurants focusing on both traditional Roman dining and more trendy hotspots featuring modern cuisine.
• Tram stop at Trastevere/Mastai on line 8, bus stop at Trastevere/Mastai on lines 23, 280, and 780 provide public transportation in Trastevere and connect the neighborhood to the rest of Rome. 20 kilometers from Rome Airport (FCO) to Trastevere: 30 minutes by train ($10), 25 minutes by taxi ($65), 65 minutes by bus ($10).
Hotel Santa Maria is one of our favorite hotels in Trastevere.