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Rome Guide: Trastevere

Trastevere is a district in Rome situated on the west bank of the Tiber and south of the Vatican. Its distinctive aspect of a maze of narrow alleys makes it a very popular and appreciated area. In fact, its streets are made of the typical cobblestones, called sampietrini, which are being paved elsewhere in Rome, and now only remain in Trastevere.

The area hosts the John Cabot University, the American Academy in Rome and the Pratt Insitute, and that’s why it has a large population of American college students and expatriates.

Santa Maria in Trastevere and Santa Cecilia, located in the homonym squares, are among the most ancient churches in Rome, as well as beautiful sites you can’t really miss visiting when in Trastevere. The squares are the kind of place you enjoy just hanging around and watching people passing by, in day-time as much as at night. In fact, Trastevere is one of the most famed districts for nigth life in Rome, being rich in clubs, restaurants, cafés and pubs and it is mainly frequented by young people.

Another interesting site is the Isola Tiberina, a splendid little island, the only one in the Tiber river, that separates central Rome and Trastevere. Within the Isola there are an hospital, called Fatebenefratelli, a synagogue, and a restaurant. In summer, the Isola also hosts a film festival, many different stalls selling any kind of goods, and stands where you can buy a drink.

Finally, in the Trastevere district, there is the Janiculum hill, which offers a superb panoramic view of Rome, maybe the best in the city. Last but not least, there are many luxury apartments for rent in Trastevere wich could be the perfect solution for your holiday in Rome.

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