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Staying in Trastevere, Rome for one night. What two places should I visit?

Next week I'll be in Rome for less than 24hrs. I'm staying in the Trastevere district and think I'll have enough time in the afternoon to visit two sites. But which ones would give me a taste of the city? I'm more interested in ancient history than the renaissance. 

Also any restaurant recommendations in Trastevere would be much appreciated. Oh! I'm a vegan (although folks I'm travelling with aren't).  

9 Answers

top answer by
Krista from San Francisco

I love Trastevere - it's simply the best!

With one day available to you, I highly suggest simply exploring the tiny alleys, streets and squares (Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere is my fave) and walking along the Tiber River. For food, stop by Ristorante le Mani in Pasta or nearby L'antica Roma or Mò Mò Republic in Gianicolo. If you find yourself there, make it a point to visit the Dell'Acqua Paola Fountain to see the gorgeous fountain & sweeping vista of Rome's center.

My favorite gelato in the entire world, La Gourmandise, is also in this part of the city. Dario's flavors are handcrafted and taste tested, making them a perfect indulgence.

I shared more of my faves and "perfect day" in Rome with the blog Italian Talks here, if it's helpful. ENJOY! :)

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere (attraction)
  2. Ristorante le Mani in Pasta (restaurant)
  3. L'antica Roma (attraction)
  4. Mò Mò Republic (restaurant)
  5. Dell'Acqua Paola Fountain (attraction)
  6. La Gourmandise (attraction)
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answered first by
Carina from San Francisco

It's a bit of a climb but the views are so worth it at the top of the Passeggiata del Gianicolo or Giancolo as most people know it. In my opinion it is the best spot in town to see Rome. It’s kind of like the Sacré-Coeur in Paris in that it’s a big hill from which you can see the whole city and you’re into ancient history you’ll love it as it has all kinds of connections to Roman mythology.

There is actually a fast food vegan restaurant called Universo Vegano which I thought was pretty good. Arancia Blu is a tiny ways outside out of Trastevere, but was an excellent vegan restaurant. Great wines too :)

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  1. Passeggiata del Gianicolo (attraction)
  2. Universo Vegano (restaurant)
  3. Arancia Blu (restaurant)
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answered by
Richard from Cape Town

Andrew, if you only have an afternoon and you prefer the antiquities, then the Roman Forum and the Colosseum is your best bet. You can walk from Trastevere across the Ponte Cestio, a beautiful ancient bridge to the Isola Tiberina, the Island that in ancient times looked like a ship. From there you walk the little back roads like the Via della Tribuna di Campitelli that in itself shows you some of ancient Rome, all the way to the Piazza Venezia where you will be afforded the best views down the Via dei Fori Imperialito the Colosseum. Don't bother with taxi's. They will waste your time and money.

The walk is 1,9km or less 1,18 miles and will take you about 25 minutes if you keep your eyes closed and look at nothing. The Roman Forumis enough for an afternoon if you include the Colosseum. If you still have time, you can grab a bus to the Pantheonand the Trevi Fountain

or even walk that too, it is just another mile from the Colosseum. 

If you are walking, make sure you grab good walking shoes/sneakers as all the roads are cobble stones and can kill your feet. ladies should avoid high heals.

Enjoy Rome. 

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  1. Ponte Cestio (attraction)
  2. Isola Tiberina (attraction)
  3. Via della Tribuna di Campitelli (attraction)
  4. Piazza Venezia (city)
  5. Via dei Fori Imperiali (attraction)
  6. Colosseum (attraction)
  7. Roman Forum (attraction)
  8. Pantheon (attraction)
  9. Trevi Fountain (attraction)
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answered by
Cameron from San Francisco

You should definitely see the church in the main piazza... There's a great fountain out front and people sit there and watch street performers and each other. I believe the church is St Maria in Trastevere Basilica. It's very beautiful and held in high regard. Other than that, the whole area IS history. I always tell friends who are visiting to walk the streets in every direction.

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  1. St Maria in Trastevere Basilica (attraction)
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answered by
Emily from Ann Arbor

I'd also check out the San Francesco a Ripa church. If I’ve got my history right, this was built before the Renaissance and has a Bernini sculpture (I think of a saint) that’s a great piece of art. 

St Maria in Trastevere Basilica goes back to something 2 or 300 A.D. I'm assuming that's ancient times. The mosaics are breathtaking. Get a book or at least a guide when I'm there so you can really learn about all the little hidden meanings of the artwork. I know it's also known for being beautiful at night but I've only been there during the day.

Rumi Bottega organica is a good option but it's more of a take-out place than a sit-down restaurant. They make some great home made bread and sandwiches and I think they have some non-vegetarian options as well.

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  1. San Francesco a Ripa (attraction)
  2. St Maria in Trastevere Basilica (attraction)
  3. Rumi Bottega organica (restaurant)
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answered by
Kemkem from Malaga

Via della Lungara has a botanical garden that is just magnificent, spectacular and should not be missed. My FIL grew up there. The cost is about €2 per person. The statue of Belli (oldest Roman Poet)is at Piazza Sidney Sonnino. Awesome Roman food can be had Cencio La Parolaccia on Vicolo del Cinque street. It's a restaurant where they insult the customers :-). Has been around for years, and if you get in the spirit of things, it's a fantastic time. I haven't been, but my hubby's family have several times. Pizzeria ai Marmi on Viale Di Trastevere 53-57 is also very, very good. One of the most famous pizzerias in Rome. I hope this helps. Have fun.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Via della Lungara (attraction)
  2. Piazza Sidney Sonnino (attraction)
  3. Cencio La Parolaccia (restaurant)
  4. Pizzeria ai Marmi (restaurant)
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For a more flyby style tour, I'd take the horse drawn carriage ride through Ancient Rome. Our driver was wonderful and gave us a cliffs notes version on the sites as we rode by. it really was a wonderful experience! I agree with the reviewer that mentioned Rick Steves! His audio tours are wonderful and FREE. You can but tickets to the sites that interest you, then put in some ear buds and listen to the tour!

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  1. Ancient Rome (hotel)
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answered by
Lee from Florida

Oh, that's a tough one - one night, huh?  I'd take a taxi to Piazza Navona for lunch or dinner.  Expensive food but quite good.  Have them seat you at the edge of the outdoor area for a view of the piazza. Taxi cost from Trastevere should be no more than 8 or so Euros, be sure to get a licensed taxi with a meter and ask the approximate cost ahead of time. Taxi drivers are accustomed to that. The Piazza Navona fountains are fabulous, Sant'Agnese in Agone near the piazza is usually closed - but great architecture.  Or...walk to the end of the square to Hotel Raphaël go in and walk past the front desk and up many staircases to the rooftop eatery.  Superb food and a view you'll always remember.

From Piazza Navona/The Raphael area you can walk five minutes to the Pantheon which closes at night so go early-ish.  If you go inside the Pantheon, use the Rick Steeves iPhone or Android app and download his Pantheon tour ahead of time.  It's very good.  Take your ear buds.  The place is empty when it opens, around 9:00 a.m. last Wednesday it was practically empty. Or go late to people-watch, and..... lately - last week- there were two superb orchestra guys dressed in black tie, playing cello and violin within the pillars at the entrance to the Pantheon.... after dark, and they were fabulous.  

If you're in the Piazza Navona area during daytime, walk another seven minutes to Campo de' Fiori's market which is open every morning and seems to wind down in the afternoon.  Flowers, veggies, leather goods, good browsing.

A nice shopping street off the end of Piazza Navona is Via dei Coronari, for leather, Murano glass, two really cool ladies' clothing stores with relatively inexpensive fun buys.  

Walk along the main street in Trastevere, shady and cool, many restaurants, lots of retail stores.  One very interesting store has appliances, a bright red ViceVersa Tix toaster in the window, cool! There's been a "Big Sidewalk Sale" going on the last couple weeks, fun to pick through and you might find a super 1 Euro deal.  If you have time, take a walk across the St. Angelo Bridge, I cannot remember which bridge is nearest Trastevere.

I use Apple maps, but Google maps work on phones quite well too. Be sure to choose "walk" not "car" for the route.  Or take a good paper map for walking.

The Spanish Steps, the entire Spagna area, is crazy busy, jammed with people, even this early in the season; it's fun but for a short visit I'd avoid it right now.

Or.... just walk around Trastevere and enjoy a slow time :)

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Piazza Navona (attraction)
  2. Sant'Agnese in Agone (attraction)
  3. Hotel Raphaël (hotel)
  4. Pantheon (attraction)
  5. Campo de' Fiori (attraction)
  6. Via dei Coronari (attraction)
  7. St. Angelo Bridge (attraction)
  8. Spanish Steps (attraction)
  9. Spagna (attraction)
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answered by
Heather Ann from Stamford, Connecticut

Taverna Trilussa! Here are some of my favorite places in Italy:

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  1. Taverna Trilussa (restaurant)

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