Hipmunk's most popular hotels in Trastevere
In ancient times, Romans crossing the Tevere (Tiber) River entered an unruly encampment of ungovernable Etruscans, foul-mouthed traders and bawdy serving wenches. Happily, some things never change. Trastevere is home to Rome's liveliest bars, fiercest street fashion and on Sundays, its best flea market at Porta Portese. Everyone complains about the tourists, including the tourists, but that doesn't stop Romans from strapping on lethal stilettos and clomping down Trastevere's twisted cobblestoned alleys for a weekend passegiata (evening stroll). Follow all-age crowds meandering past pubs, boutiques and gelato shops toward the glittering medieval mosaic faade of Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere. Across Viale di Trastevere are the neighborhood's hidden gems: Porta Portese, with live blues and jazz clubs, and Basilica di Santa Cecilia in Trastevere, where recent excavations revealed stunning 13th century angel frescoes. Savvy foodies skip Trastevere tourist menus and assemble picnics from bakeries and San Cosimato market stalls.
Read more about Roma's Trastevere on Hipmunk's Trastevere Neighborhood Guide.
The fall of Rome is greatly exaggerated: much of the ancient Roman imperial forum and the Colosseum is still standing, pilgrims are lining up at St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City for a glimpse of the pope and Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. Centro Storico counters are packed for afternoon espresso and aperitivi before vast dinners in Testaccio. And Valentino-clad fashionistas stomp the bar-lined cobblestone streets of Trastevere in stilettos without even a wobble.
Read more about Roma on Hipmunk's Roma City Guide.
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