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Rome neighborhoods Trastevere

One of the most lively and animated places in Rome during the evenings is the Trastevere neighborhood; a warm and friendly place that welcomes you with its easy-going vibes.

Situated on the other side of the Tiber river, to the south of the Vatican, this district used to be a workers' quarter, but today it has turned into a bohemian neighborhood known for its colorful streets and nightlife. What Le Marais is to Paris, perhaps Trastevere is to Rome.

There are nice walking routes to Trastevere. Between Ponte Fabricio, the bridge we cross from the old town to Trastevere, and the Ponte Cession bridge is the Isola Tiberina, the small island with an old building on it (a hospital). The charming historical bridge on the other side of Ponte Fabricio is Ponte Garibaldi. As you pass over the Garibaldi Bridge at sunset, you will see that the cafes and restaurants lined up under it illuminate the river one by one as the evening approaches, and you will feel a sweet excitement hearing the sounds of music and human voices mix and the night begins.

Once you get to Trastevere, you can leave yourself to get lost in its small streets. The main squares where colorful streets emerge, Santa Maria Basilica and Calisto squares are packed at night. Bar Calisto is one of the most modest and popular haunts of the neighborhood. Don't be surprised if you become a regular like everyone else… The flea market on Sundays is also very popular.

Spending an evening in Trastevere and experiencing the city from the other side is one of the things that every Roman lover will not return without doing.

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