Here's a perfect walk to take through two of Rome's most beautiful neighborhoods: Trastevere and the Gianicolo.

Here's a perfect walk to take through two of Rome's most beautiful neighborhoods: Trastevere and the Gianicolo.

If you're looking for a route for a lovely stroll of a couple of hours or so, "get lost" in Trastevere's narrow streets amidst churches and local trattorias, then head uphill to Gianicolo for one of the best views Rome has to offer.


Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere, the heart of Trastevere, is full of cafés and the tourists who flock here. You have a good chance of finding a musician playing for the tourists sitting on the fountain steps.

The church was the first Christian church built in Rome, dating back to the 3rd century, It features beautiful mosaics inside by Pietro Cavallini (13th century) and others on the outside facade.

Taking Via della Paglia from the square gets you right into the most charming area with its maze of streets and alleys, ivy-covered buildings, and picture-worthy views. The small "Museo di Roma in Trastevere" is full of fascinating facts and anecdotes about Rome between the end of the 18th century and the mid-20th century.

Villa Farnesina

During the Renaissance, wealthy families would build their villas near the river, as with Villa Farnesina, whose frescoes were painted by Raphael. Legend has it that his paramour was the daughter of a baker, who lived in the neighborhood, who was portrayed in some of his paintings: "Portrait of a Young Woman", now in Palazzo Barberini, and "La Donna Velata" ("Women with a Veil"), now in Florence.

If you're a museum-lover, after seeing the Villa's frescoes, head to the adjacent Galleria Corsini.

If you have extra time, see the Botanical Garden with its thousands of plants covering over 12,000 sq.m. Californian and Mexican desert environments and a Japanese garden are recreated here.

Tempietto del Bramante

As you go up to the Gianicolo along Via Garibaldi, quite a strenuous walk, stop for a rest at the Tempietto del Bramante, a Renaissance masterpiece, built at the exact point where St. Peter was martyred (famously crucified upside down).


View from Gianicolo - Credits on Instagram: erik_vind

The Gianicolo was the center of Garibaldi's battles during the Unity of Italy, which is why there is a statue of him and the tomb of his wife Anita here.

The Fontana dell'Acqua Paola water fountain is the end of the Traiano aqueduct, which draws water from Lake Bracciano.

Interesting fact:

Every day at noon a cannon fires a blank shot. The Pope started this custom in 1847 so all the churches of Rome could set the right time!

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