Rome’s stunning mix of ancient ruins, ornate churches, and unalterable atmosphere are recognizable to even those who have never been there. But once you’ve experienced the gargantuan Colosseum, the evocative ruins of the forum, the allure of the Spanish Steps, and the exceptional beauty of the Vatican and St Peter’s impossible dome, there’s a whole other world to explore — but let’s start with a short walk from Centro Storico. Whether you’re seeking local flavor in buzzy trattorias, under-the-radar sights, cocktail bars, or green spaces, consider this your guide to Trastevere, Rome’s trendiest neighborhood.
Walking to Trastevere from many of Rome’s major sights is simple enough — even for Rome first-timers. It’s a 20-minute stroll south of Vatican City and a scenic, history-filled skip through classical Rome and across the Tiber river from the Colosseum. You can also reach Trastevere by tram — the number 8 from Piazza Venezia — or the H bus from the Termini railway station, although its arguably better to stay within the leafy ambiance of Trastevere, in a chic design-led hotel or a homely B&B with inspiring Tiber Views.