And that's how we got to Trastevere, which became one of my favorite places in Rome! An eclectic enclave, it is charming, picturesque, historical. It is also hip, trendy and, oh yes, seedy in some areas. It is the 13th Rioni (town or district) of Rome and considered one of its most beautiful neighborhoods.
When we entered Trastevere through the Ponte Sisto that first time, the streets were empty and eerily quiet. We were to find out later that this was indeed a rare sight.
However, even with the movement of the elite to Trastevere, it remained an area of narrow and winding streets. Sixtus IV paved the streets with bricks, which were later changed to cobblestones to accomodate carriages.
|notice laundry line across the street|
To this day, the streets of Trastevere, are narrow and winding, but lined by charming houses, apartments, shops, restaurants, bars and coffee houses.
|my penne alla arabiata|
|Hmm...do they have beer?|
|A drunk sleeping it off in the Piazza|