An evening in Trastevere
This is Trastevere, one of Rome’s most characteristic neighbourhoods: narrow cobbled alleys, medieval houses, unique views and romantic little piazzas, each with its own history and identity.
Piazza Trilussa is the beating heart of Trastevere. The appointment is for 6 pm and the piazza is already full of young people, particularly young Americans in the area to attend John Cabot University.
Adjacent to the piazza is Via del Politeama where we have an aperitif at Freni e Frizioni (Brake and Clutch), a bar with a simple decor and antiques, originally a car mechanic’s garage and now a fun, lively place to meet up for a drink
Trastevere has the historical shops: L’Antica Caciara on Via San Francesco a Ripa, the best cheese shop in Rome; Renella, the bakery on Via del Moro; Biscottificio Innocenti on Via Luce 21, which has been turning out an infinite variety of biscuits.
Heart of Trastevere is Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere, which, with its church by the same name, symbolizes the district more than any other.
On Vicolo del Piede, you shows me the restaurant La Canonica, built on a former church dating to the 1600s. On the same street is Checco il Carrettiere, the typical Roman restaurant where you can taste all the local dishes of our cuisine. Going up Via Garibaldi, you come to another landmark Roman restaurant, L‘Antica Pesa.
Of the many historical sites, it is impossible not to remember Romulus in the Garden of the Fornarina, the restaurant offers local Roman cuisine and impeccable service.
But the Trastevere night offers so much more and before our walk ends, we think it would be nice to explore the area beyond Viale Trastevere, surely the most peaceful and least touristy. You go to the square in Piscinula where there is an ancient tiny church next to which is the smallest bell tower in the capital.
And for dinner: excellent fish restaurant, La Gensola, where we devour a delicious plate of linguine with anchovies and pecorino in a cozy and authentic atmosphere.
AK bar, an entertaining and colourful nightspot that attracts many young people until late in the evening.
We could wander around all night, but we just take a stroll down to the beautiful Piazza Santa Cecilia, which is a must-see on a tour of Trastevere. Enjoy a last drink at Bar Calisto in the Piazza of the same name, still full of people and nightlife.