The name of the neighborhood, Trastevere, comes from the Latin trans Tiberis, or "Beyond (the river) Tiber". The area dates back to the Roman Empire when, at the time that Christianity was taking place, many Christians temples and churches were built in the streets of the city. It was between the eleventh and seventeenth century when the area grew with new buildings and new roads and streets trying to communicate to the rest of the city with the Vatican city.
Today and thanks to the arrival of thousands of tourist in the 60s, the neighbourhood is living a bright moment and it has become one of the trandest areas in Rome.
The charm of the neighborhood can be actually enjoyed everyday at anytime, depending on the tastes of the traveler. The epicenter of this area is undoubtedly the Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere with the eponymous basilica and its golden mosaics, a delight for art lovers. This square and its central fountain served as a meeting point and around it is where the life of the neighborhood happens: buskers, pedestrians who stopped the way to read a book in calm or tourists who come and go with the camera ready.
Around this square, the narrow and small streets of the area create a laberynth of beautiful wooden Doors, curious restaurants and antique taberns and many shops with different products. Walking around Trastevere is a relaxed experience compared to the regular visit to Rome, always in a hurry looking for all the different spots and monuments. Trastevere is more about enjoying life within the essence of the city itself.
Besides the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, one can find also among the cultural and artistic sites of the area the Church of San Bartolomeo, from the tenth Century and built on the ruins of the ancient Temple of Aesculapius, the Villa Farnesina, a Renaissance villa with Works of Rafail or the Church of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere. Also, from here once can take the stairs up to the gianicolo, a hill overlooking the entire city.