I came back for one last day in Rome before leaving for home. For this day I had decided that I wanted to properly explore the part of town known as Trastevere. I spent a very pleasant afternoon there, willfully trying to get lost.
I got my morning coffee in this little place – real apples on the table and plenty of outlets for charging of phones, what’s not to like?!
The cutest part of the place was near the Santa Maria in Trastevere piazza, with lots of narrow streets with trees and greenery everywhere.
There’s an incredible amount of police and military present everywhere, in Rome and Florence as well as the villages of rural Tuscany. Just one or two soldiers standing in a corner next to a big car, not trying to draw attention to themselves, but still very visible. I’m wondering if this is a conscious effort to get ahead of possible terrorists – Italy is a very popular tourist destination and an obvious target for bad people. It seems to be working so far, I definitely felt very safe at all times.
Trastevere is also known for its graffiti. You see it a lot more than in the rest of the city.
My guidebook would also have me believe that in Trastevere they hang up their laundry in a Mama Leone kind-of-fashion, but this was pretty much what there was when I was there.
I can understand why Trastevere is a popular place to go to eat – all the restaurants simply seem less touristy, with not near as many slick waiters trying to lure you to a table and a tourist menu as in the center of Rome.
There were a lot of tables selling cheap souvenirs in the area just around the Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere, and a band playing a happy cover of the Godfather theme in the middle of the piazza.
I ate at a place renowned for being popular amongst the locals (the highest honor a place can get!), Le Mani in Pasta. It was very popular, and not just with locals. I had to wait for 10-15 minutes, and when I was seated I found myself sat across from another solo traveler from Argentina. At the next table I overheard an animated conversation between a Swede who had lived in Rome and come to this place for more than 20 years, and a Danish couple who I think had come here more or less by chance. I had the spaghetti vernaccia, spaghetti in white wine with bacon(?), which was really good.
For dessert I went to a gelateria called FiordiLuna. I felt frivolous so I went with a whopping 3 flavours this time(!): chocolate, lemon and the weird – cinnamon and orange which was actually quite good.
For dinner I ended up in a place called Bir&Fud – beer and food is what they do. There is a whole little area dedicated to bars a little way north of the main piazza, and I guess it’s usually pretty lively. This night it was raining like there was no tomorrow, and there were still a lot of people in all the restaurants I walked by. I got a delicious IPA to go with my pizza – I don’t know much else than it was an IPA, because the beer menu was all in Italian..
Can you see how much it was raining? It was a lot! And the bus took ages to arrive. So long so that I had just caved in and bought a pink umbrella when it finally came. I could have walked home faster and probably have been less wet..
Have you been in Trastevere in Rome? How did you like it? Comment away below!