Located on the west bank of the Tiber River, Trastevere is a picturesque escape from the crowds and sights of central Rome, offering a mix of cultures, cuisine and customs and an intriguing history dating back to the time of the Roman emperors.
Mazes of narrow lanes and cobblestone streets are strung overhead with laundry and ivy. Spend an afternoon wandering the neighborhood, which is filled with cafes, restaurants, shops and courtyards.
The heart of Trastevere is Piazza di Santa Maria, a pedestrianised square lined with (expensive) restaurants and bars, faded palazzi, and the church of Santa Maria. Wandering further away from the town square will bring quieter and less expensive restaurants where you can enjoy an al fresco meal.