Visiting Rome? Take a break from all the historic monuments to enjoy Trastevere!
This district of the city located on the west bank of the Tiber river, south of Vatican, is the center of Rome’s night life. Its name means beyond the Tiber river. This area used to belong to the Etruscans, and before the Romans conquered it, was know as the Etruscan bank. After taking the area, the Romans connected the city with a small wooden bridge, was called Pons Sublicius which is Latin for bridge, built on wooden piles. Lots of Romans lived there after a while, and it was a place for Jewish communities and Syrians mainly to build their lives under the rule of Augustus, who turned it into the modern Trastevere.
Get to know Trastevere in Rome
Trastevere is connected to the other side by a number of bridges, one of them is the Ponte Cestio, which also connects the district to the Tiber Island, a small island on the river, 270 meters long, 220 feet wide, and is one of the main attractions in the area. It is believed that the island was formed by the wheat sheaves that Roman citizens through in the river as an act against the king at the time. However, it’s only a legend!
Trastevere has more than clubs and bars: In fact, some of Rome’s best attractions are located here. We recommend to visit the Santa Maria in Trastevere, one of the oldest churches in Rome. This small basilica that was built in the third century is known for its authentic mosaics that crate some the inside as well as the outside. The church is located in the small square, Piazza Santa Maria, at the center of Trastevere.
Today Trastevere is an international hyped district with a lot of different cultures, from all around the world. Because of that it’s packed with various kinds of restaurants, clubs, and the main night life scene in Rome.
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