It is strange to think that this area of Rome was originally built to be a city port where storehouses held goods at the time... More
It is strange to think that this area of Rome was originally built to be a city port where storehouses held goods at the time of Augustus and continued to do so until the end of the 19th Century. Trastevere then became a downmarket residential quarter and has now developed into a very desirable quarter. The heart of the district is Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere with its lovely church, a 17th-century palazzo and a fountain in the middle which is probably Rome's oldest, having been designed by architects such as Bernini, Fontana and Della Porta. There are still some well-conserved medieval houses. On Sunday mornings, you can visit the 7th Corte dei Vigili in Via dei Salumi, and if you enter the guards' rooms, you will see grafitti on the walls written by Roman soldiers who served the emperors from Septimus Severus to Caracalla, in addition to notations of their guard duty.
I lived in Trastevere for 4 months and it was amazing. The main nightlife is in Campo di Fiori, where people from all over go to just hang out and drink. There is an amazing little bar called Jonathan's Angels very close bya nd if you ever get up there, check out the bathroom.
i lived in rome for five weeks, and by now i know the city like any tour-guide, but eventhough colosseo, saint peter etc. are amazing monuments and historic events, i found "my" rome in some small streets in trastevere. the area is located between piazza navona and castel saint angelo (just across the river). you walk from the begining of via del governo vecchio and towards the "knee" or the river. and in these small streets of rome you don't meet any tourists, but there are a lot of little second-hand shops and anticvity-shops, but most important there are also a few really local restaurants where the romans sit all day playing chess and cards while talking about.. well.. everything.
so if you want to experience a real local atmosphere, then take a walk from piazza s. pantaleo up at via della saint pantaleo, then you will find yourself at via del governo vecchio which is kind of the "mainstreet" of the little area. walk around in the small streets, drink a coffee in one of the little out-door café's, eat together with the locals and of course: breathe...