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ROME TRASTEVERE: SPEND LESS, DO MORE

Welcome to Trastevere

Widely known for its narrow cobbled streets and historic architecture, this area is host to a number of hotels and pubs that provide a great opportunity to engage with the local community while exploring some of the many cafes and eateries in this popular city district.

Visit some the many piazzas in the area

Campo de fiori is arguably one of the most famous and traditional markets in Rome. With well established fruit and vegetable stands, the locals tend to go early to purchase the freshest produce. By midday the square does tend to become overcrowded by tourists.

The bustling Piazza of Santa Maria is a great destination for observing street performers, musicians and artists or just watching the friendly community interact. It’s a great place to relax at one of the many reasonably priced eateries either as you soak up the sun during the day or take in the evening atmosphere on the steps of the iconic fountain. While you’re there be sure to visit Basilica of Santa Maria which, with origins dating back to the 4th century AD is one of oldest churches in the city. Decorated with beautiful mosaics and artwork, this quaint structure is popular with the local residents but not widely visited by tourists.

For the art and culture aficionados…

One of the most popular galleries is Stamperia del Tevere which features the works of a number of noteworthy print artists as well as scheduled exhibitions and seminars. Another recommended option is the art gallery, book and camera shop known as The Deep. Here you can purchase a range of souvenirs dedicated to music and culture as well as discuss the culture of the city with the friendly and helpful staff. Or visit Palazzo Corsini, an 18th century palace which as well as functioning as an art gallery and museum with works from such artists as Caravaggio and Rubens, also is a fine example of Baroque architecture.

If you fancy an outdoor experience, it is in Trastevere that you will also find the Botanical Garden of Rome which is known for its Japanese garden, cacti greenhouse and bamboo grove. It’s a small but peaceful place to spend an afternoon walking and relaxing in some of the themed areas which also include rose gardens, a Mediterranean forest, water features and fish ponds.

Feel like you’ve worked up an appetite after your tour of the city?

Then you will be pleased to find that there are a number of options to satisfy a wide range of tastes. One of the most highly rated bakeries is Biscottifio Innocenti where the smell of freshly made cookies is sure to entice. For a savoury alternative, try La Prosciutteria for a wide assortment of delicious deli meats, breads and cheeses. Or for a takeaway experience that is very popular with the locals, head to I Suppli which is known for its affordably priced range of pizzas and suppli (mozzarella filled rice balls).

Spend Less, Do More

Your Cheaperthanhotels Team

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