Trastevere in Rome is one of the most colorful and beautiful areas of Rome and is often referred to as a “real Roman neighborhood”. Its name translates to “beyond the Tiber” and refers to its position on the west bank of the River Tiber or Tevere in Italian. Trastevere was once considered one of the most privileged and preferred neighborhoods by working class Romans and travelers who wanted to avoid the big crowds and soak up the authentic atmosphere. Although rents may have increased, in its labyrinth of narrow streets and centuries-old squares, you can still see little pieces of authentic Rome and make your own fantastic discoveries: in hidden churches, Bijoux shops, small museums and lively bars and restaurants. Here you will find 6 things to do in Trastevere Rome.
1-Visit Porta Settimiana
From Piazza Trilussa continue on the right along via di Ponte Sisto, then via Benedetta and you will arrive at Porta Settimiana, one of the three ancient gates of the Aurelian walls on this side of the Tiber. The current gate was rebuilt, with its characteristic Ghibelline battlements, by Pope Alexander VI Borgia in 1498 and marked the beginning of Via della Lungara. Porta Settimiana is the northern gate of that triangle that included the Trastevere district within the Aurelian Walls. “Porta Septimiana”, this is its ancient name, was built by Septimius Severus on the “Horti Getae”, ie the gardens of Septimius Geta, son of Septimius Severus and brother of Emperor Caracalla. Initially, the walls included two other gates, Porta Portuensis and Porta Aurelia, later called Porta San Pancrazio. Around the middle of the seventeenth century, following the construction of the Gianicolense Walls to replace and expand the transtiberine section of the Aurelian Walls, the Porta S. Pancrazio was rebuilt in a more advanced position, while the Porta Portuensis was demolished and replaced by the Porta Portese.
2-Take a tour of Villa Farnesina and Palazzo Corsini
Passing Porta Settimiana, a short distance away, is the fantastic Renaissance Villa Farnesina. Absolutely not to be missed is the visit of this beautiful jewel of Trastevere which boasts incredible frescoes by artists such as Baldassarre Peruzzi and Raffaello. Just in front of Villa Farnesina, you can also visit Palazzo Corsini, built in the 15th century for Cardinal Riario, nephew of Pope Sixtus IV and purchased and enlarged by the Florentine Cardinal Neri Maria Corsini in 1736. Currently, Palazzo Corsini houses the Library of Real Accademia dei Lincei and the Gallery of Ancient Art, consisting of the Corsini collection with some works by various renowned artists on display including Beato Angelico and Caravaggio. The headquarters of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei is located in the Trastevere district of Palazzo Corsini, in via della Lungara 10, formerly known as “via sancta”, a long straight path trodden by pilgrims to go to the tomb of Peter. Palazzo Corsini is one of the most splendid Roman palaces of the 17th century: purchased in 1736 by Cardinal Neri Corsini Junior, nephew of Pope Clement XII, who had already hosted in the past the very young Michelangelo and, again, Queen Christina of Sweden, of whom it was a prestigious residence.
3-Walk for Vicolo del Cinque
Vicolo del Cinque connects piazza Trilussa to via della Scala and takes its name from the building owned by the noble Roman family of the “del Cinque”, of which the first mention is made in 1416 with a Vincenzo, prior of the leaders of Trastevere; later many representatives of the family were conservative and a Niccolò was the head of the Senate in 1552, but it was with Gian Paolo, in 1759, that the family was enrolled in the Roman patriciate with the title of marquis.
4-Via del Moro
Via del Moro connects the two squares of S. Apollonia to piazza Trilussa and takes its name from the ancient Caffè del Moro, still in business today, located at the corner with via della Pelliccia and dating back to the late nineteenth century. Via del Moro, which was once an alley, offers us a characteristic and unusual variety of styles in its buildings and doors: the Renaissance is present at number 45-46 with a window on a shelf with grating, at number 58 with the peperino door with rampant lion, at number 54 with the House of Giacomo Caracci.
5-Go and visit the Basilica of Santa Cecilia
This church was dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi after it was hosted in this church on the occasion of his visit to the Pope in 1219. Even today the church holds the cell where the saint and some of his relics are housed. A Christian martyr depicted in the marble worked by the sculptor Stefano Maderno, a solemn and majestic entrance created by the architect Ferdinando Fuga: thus the basilica of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere, the patron saint of music, was built to commemorate the martyrdom of a young Roman woman who converted to Christianity. Born in the 2nd century she married the noble Valerian and according to a late medieval tradition on the wedding day, while the guests delighted in songs and melodies Cecilia began to intone a few words addressed to God in order to keep intact purity and chastity. It is this episode that made the woman the patron saint of music. A truly interesting and beautiful place to visit.