Rome is amazing. But Trastevere in Rome is amazing-er. It is like the beautiful, historical Rome went and had a baby with modern culture and an urban neighborhood.
One night, we headed along the river towards Trastevere to have dinner. At Piazza Trilussa, we took a turn towards the heart of Trastevere and boy, was it beautiful. It didn’t hurt either that we saw the cutest puppy at the piazza. A dog is the best way to make a great place even better! 🙂
Like houses are in Rome, they were ancient. Like streets are in Rome, they were quaint and narrow. People were sitting outside having dinner with a glass of wine in hand, waving to their neighbors walking by.
Trastevere is a residential neighborhood and has a different kind of beat than the rest of the city seemed to have. Don’t get me wrong, there was a plethora of people looking for their AirBnBs and a lot of tourists still, but here it kind of didn’t ruin the vibe.
We had dinner that night at Popi Popi (Via delle Fratte di Trastevere 45). The food was ok, but the service kind of took a turn to the worse when we didn’t want to buy a whole bottle of wine and a three-course meal, because a primi pasta was more than enough.
After that we were kind of a nuisance to the waiter. Had the service been better, I would happily recommend the place. Price-wise it was perfect – our pastas less than 10 € each.
Because we absolutely loved the place, we wanted to come back again before leaving. We decided to walk from the St Peter’s Basilica. It was only 2,5 km, but in the midday heat it felt more like four times that. After getting there it was definitely time for lunch, and we found a cute little place on a side street for a little snack.
So, my advice to Trastevere is to turn corners that look interesting and get lost a little. Sit outside on a warm and dark summer night. Have a plate of pasta and a glass of wine in front of you.
When you’re full, walk all the way to Gelateria del Teatro (to have the most amazing artesan gelato. If I would use the phrase “the bomb”, I would say their flavor combinations are the bomb.
All in all, back in Rome, I would definitely book a place to stay in Trastevere. If you’re going to Rome, don’t miss it!