Updated December 10, 2018
The neighborhood that has named countless of pizzerias all over the world has so many bars and restaurants that tourists will not know which one to choose, but if we are mentioning it in this post is as a place to visit. This is the neighborhood in central Rome that has best preserved the traditional Italian style. Low buildings, houses and shutters colorfully painted and narrow winding streets. Italy is undeniable charming, and Trastevere is the most Italian place in Rome.
- Church of Santa Maria del Priorato. Address, Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta, 4. A 25 minutes walk from the Colosseum to the southwest. It is becoming worldwide famous because of the gorgeous photo of the Vatican that you can get from the keyhole of the gate of the priory or from its inner gardens. Unfortunately, I have not been to this site and therefore I can not upload my own photo, but recommend search in Google: Rome + keyhole. Half way near the Tiber, there is another classic picture, the Mouth of Truth (Bocca della Verità), a marble mask famous because the film Roman Holiday.
- Archibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano. East of the Coliseum, 15 minutes away on foot. Dedicated to Sant John the Evangelist and Sant John the Baptist. It is the cathedral of the diocese of Rome, as St. Peter’s is not in Rome but in The Vatican. Technically this basilica is a higher category (that’s why is called archibasilica). It’s huge and luxuriously decorated. Excavations can be visited in organized groups.
- Basilica of San Pietro in Vincoli. A 5 minute walk north from the Coliseum. Famous for the statue of Moses by Michelangelo. It also houses a relic: the chains of St. Peter.
- Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. 10 minutes northeast of San Piettro in Vincoli.
- Basilica di San Paolo Fuori le Mura. It is well south of the historic center. The largest after St. Peter’s Basilica. It is another magnificent church.
- Church of Sant’Ignazio di Loyola. Walking up Via del Corso, is on the right before the Pantheon. The ceiling frescoes are impressive.
- Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria. This church is famous for Bernini’s statue Ecstasy of St. Teresa.
- For those who want to see more of Bernini, some of his best work is in the Borghese Gallery. Kid of far northeast of downtown. Admission 15 €. Open from 9 am to 19:00. Closed on Mondays. We especially point The Rape of Persephone, a famous sculpture because of the way the hand of Hades holds Persephone’s thigh. There are also paintings by Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci and Caravaggio among others. It is located in the Villa Borghese, surrounded by a large garden.
- Castel Sant’Angelo. Initially a Roman monument, has required multiple reforms to be configured as a fortress to protect the Popes. It is connected to the Vatican by an underground tunnel. Admission 14 €, open from 9 am to 6 pm (Saturdays till 1 pm), closed on Mondays.
- Capitoline Museums. It’s actually a single museum dedicated to the art of ancient Rome.
- Not a museum, but we include here the Obelisco della Minerva. This curious obelisk is notable for the elephant at its base. It is next to the Pantheon.