Trastevere is a quaint neighborhood in Rome that is known for being a charming secret with a true taste of Roman local living. People are quickly catching on to this adorable place though and believe it or not, there is a right and wrong way to explore Trastevere!
The Right (and Wrong) Way To Explore Trastevere
The biggest mistake you could make is just thinking that everything is cute and heading into this neighborhood without a plan. Just like food, you can't assume everything is good just because you're in Rome. Or Paris. Two places known for some of the most amazing food ever. Currently still waiting on a refund from that awful pizza I had in Paris! Please and thank you!
Take the time to do your research and find what you want to see, then create a walking guide so you're not wasting any time walking around aimlessly! Because after all, the best way to see something is on foot.
I had heard about this cute neighboorhood and how everything is so charming and was very confused when I finally got there! I walked and walked trying to find the cute areas everyone was talking about but instead, I found trash explosion after graffiti wall.
At this point, I was tired of walking around and would have called it if it weren't for everyone's recommendations of this place. Different people around the world can't all be crazy, can they??
And so, like the valiant warrior I am, I decided to press on.
After we regrouped, we found this really beautiful villa (Villa Farnesina). Then we headed to grab lunch at Grazia & Graziella (just a random place we picked but it was so good!) and had fun walking around those streets.
Because those streets were full of flowers and cute shop decorations. Not trash explosions and graffitied walls!
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So, to recap:
Don't walk around aimlessly without a plan
Do figure out what you want to see and plan around it
Don't assume everything will be cute
Do walk around and stop for pics!
As you can see from the photos, Trastevere is pretty swoon-worthy.
Would you add this place to your itinerary?
Granted you explore Trastevere the right way!