Trastevere is a district in central Rome along the west bank of the Tiber River. From the time of the founding of Rome in 753 BC to 509 BC (referred to as Rome’s Regal Period), the land across this portion of the Tiber was home to the Etruscans, with whom the Romans did not have the most amicable relationship. War with Etruscans and a growing population in Rome led to the need to utilize both sides of the Tiber, and Rome ultimately gained control of Trastevere, whose name in Latin literally translates as “beyond the Tiber.” Although Rome was interested in Trastevere for the practical purposes of being able to access the Tiber from both sides of the river, they were not so much interested in developing it as an integral part of the city.
Before it was incorporated as a full-fledged part of Rome during the reign of Augustus, it was largely a fishing community for immigrants from surrounding countries. Augustus began the process of incorporating it more fully into the city, but it was not until the reign of the Emperor Aurelian that the one-time fishing village earned the full protection of the city and its formidable defensive walls. At this time in Roman history, referred to as the Imperial Age, the Vatican Hill was also brought under the protection of the Aurelian Walls. As it was developed and expanded, Julius Caesar would make a part-time residence there, as well as the lesser-known Emperor Clodia. Two of the oldest churches in all of Rome were built here. They are now the Church of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere and the Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere.
Today, this district of Rome on the west bank of the Tiber is a thriving destination for both residents and tourists who head to the popular area to enjoy the bars, cafes, and restaurants in Trastevere. As in most places in the city of Rome, there are a wide variety of exquisite restaurants in Trastevere where you will be treated to some of the best authentic Italian food that will ever meet your taste buds. And besides the vibrant pubs, nightclubs, and restaurants in Trastevere, there is also a nice selection of hotels in Trastevere Rome.
The Hotel Ripa (pictured) is a beautiful, contemporary hotel in Rome set just off the Viale Trastevere. It is less than one mile from popular destinations like the Pantheon, the Piazza Venezia, and the Forum. The rooms are moderately priced considering the excellent location and nice amenities. Enjoy complimentary breakfast in this modern hotel before heading out for a day of sightseeing in the city. The Hotel Ripa is a good example of one of the nicer contemporary hotels in Trastevere Rome.
The Grand Hotel del Gianicolo is a step-up in terms of luxury accommodations. Enjoy plush rooms and some of the finest amenities in city, including a sprawling outdoor pool, grand dining hall, and awe-inspiring views of the city. This nineteenth-century villa is situated just steps from Gianicolo Park and is well within walking distance or a short cab ride from many of the most popular attractions in central Rome. This hotel is a great option if you are considering hotels in Trastevere Rome.
There are many things to do in Trastevere, especially as it becomes an increasingly popular tourist destination. You will find a friendly local population, and a lot of people ready to enjoy themselves at the local pubs, clubs, and cafes.