Trastevere: Rome's Medieval Village

    Trastevere santa maria walking tour
    Eating macaron  ballard  modified
    25 Mar 2015
    Clock 50min      Length1.5mi
    26 ratings

    Tourdescription About the audio tour

    What do you get when you combine the buzz of a young international capital city with the quaint alleyways and characteristic buildings of a medieval Italian village? Trastevere. A neighborhood apart (“Trastevere” literally means “beyond the Tiber”), this picturesque area is home to artisans, expats, students, artists, and working-class families alike. But it’s the medieval architecture and small-town feel that makes it such a contrast from the rest of the city. When Rome was getting “modernized” in the 17th-century Baroque boom, Trastevere, then a low-rent area, was a left alone. The result is a maze of narrow cobbled streets, untouched medieval churches, and buildings that look like they haven’t changed in a thousand years. When you wander down Trastevere’s crooked streets, it’s easy to imagine you’ve stepped back in time. Come along with me as I share my favorite corners of this charming and vibrant neighborhood, from famous works of art in its glorious piazzas to hidden treasures tucked away down unexplored backstreets.

    Majorlandmarks Major Landmarks

    Piazza Trilussa, Porta Settimiana, Museum of Rome in Trastevere, Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere and eponymous church, San Francesco d’Assisi church, Santa Cecilia in Trastevere church, medieval synagogue

    Startingpoint Directions to starting point

    The tour starts at Piazza Trilussa. You can take the 23 or 280 bus from the Vatican; the 8 tram or 780 bus from Piazza Venezia or the H bus from Termini (plus a 5-minute walk west along Lungotevere Raffaello Sanzio); or stroll from the city center and cross the river at Ponte Sisto, a highly enjoyable walk. There are no metro stops nearby.

    Tips Tips

    Places to stop along the way:

    Bir and Fud (Via Benedetta) for pizza and craft beer, Da Gildo (Via della Scala) for authentic Roman cuisine, Antica Caciara (Via San Francesco a Ripa) for excellent cheese and cured meats, Innocenzi (Via della Luce) for freshly baked cookies.

    Best time of day:

    Avoid the middle of the day in summer, when walking through the city can be unpleasant. Also, if you plan to visit the churches, keep in mind that some close between roughly noon and 4pm (and keep in mind you’ll need to have knees and shoulders covered).


    Roman drivers are notoriously reckless, so take care when crossing busy streets and when walking on streets without sidewalks. Avoid anyone trying to sell you anything on the street and beware of pickpockets.

Similar Audio Tours in Rome

Stephanie bull
by Stephanie Bull in Rome
31 Oct 2015

Spanish Steps to Piazza Navona

Distance 1mi
Duration 50min
20 ratings

We'll start our tour in the beautiful Piazza di Spagna. We'll stop to throw coins in the Trevi fountain and look through the oculus of the magnificent Pantheon. Along the way you'll learn how to order a coffee and clues for finding the best gelato... More»

Locicon 22 Piazza di...
Pantheon 2 crop

What Emperor Hadrian Lost: A Walk Through Ancient Rome

Distance 1mi
Duration 35min
17 ratings

My name in Antinous, and you may think of me as a two-thousand-year-old tour ghost. I will show you my favorite haunts, if you'll forgive the pun. We shall go back in time and take a stroll through Ancient Rome, a most important piece of today's... More»

Manderson 1843 tour small
by Michael Anderson in Rome
26 Oct 2017
Roman forum audio tour

The Roman Forum

Distance 1mi
Duration 45min
44 ratings

The Roman Forum is a treasure chest filled with history. Long a gathering place for the Roman tribes, the forum evolved with the city to become its seat of government. This process started 2700 years ago and continued for over a millennium.... More»

Locicon 10 Via della...