Trastevere : Michelin's recommendations
This has always been a separate district. Trastevere means "across the Tiber", and the land of the Etruscans started here in Antiquity. Jewish and Syrian immigrants lived here as early as the Republican era. It was a working-class district under Augustus, and has remained so until recently. The Roman dialect was spoken here, ruffians met in its inns, where groups of craftsmen, street merchants and workers also gathered together. This strong, sometimes rebellious personality is still present today and makes it one of Rome's most endearing districts. Far from Ancient Rome's greatness and Baroque volutes, it is an intimate district, pleasant to live in and is undergoing a sociological transformation today. On both sides of the Via della Lungharetta, a network of alleys with, often restored, ochre-coloured houses, comes to life at dusk. Trattorias, restaurants (some catering openly for tourists), pizzerias, bars, discotheques are always full. Theatres, art and handicrafts galleries are gradually replacing the crafstmen of a by-gone age. There still remains some intimate squares, where the lights of an ordinary-looking café suddenly sparkle, while a few benches and trestle tables are pulled out onto the pavement. Soon, the place is overrun, as you just happened to stumble upon the latest fashionable restaurant, whose sapeghetti alle vongole attract the Rome smart set !
- Address : Piazza Sonnino I - 00153 Roma00153Roma
- Prices : free of charge