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By our third and final day in Rome, we were exhausted. We’d explored the Colosseum, climbed to the top of St. Peter’s Basilica, braved the mob to toss a coin in Trevi Fountain, and eaten our weight in Nutella gelato.
We’d checked most of the “must-do” activities off our list and were ready for some low-key time away from the crowds. And for more Nutella gelato, because who could get sick of that?
So after a decadent pastry and espresso at our favorite breakfast spot near our apartment, we took the bus across the Tiber River to spend the morning exploring Trastevere.
Located on the west bank of the Tiber River, Trastevere is a quirky neighborhood with beautiful architecture, quaint shops, and great restaurants.
Though Trastevere is known for its vibrant nightlife, we enjoyed visiting in the morning when there were fewer crowds.
For centuries, Trastevere was home to a large population of foreigners, often Christians or Jews. Many elements of the neighborhood’s unique cultural heritage are evident today.
Several beautiful churches still stand in the area, including the Basilica di Santa Maria and the Basilica di Santa Cecilia.
We enjoyed aimlessly wandering the narrow cobblestone streets and taking in Trastevere’s beauty.
After we got tired of walking, the main square, Piazza Santa Maria, was an ideal place to sit on the fountain steps with some gelato and people watch. The morning we were there an Italian band was playing and an art class was sketching the nearby Basilica di Santa Maria.
If you get hungry, there is no shortage of restaurant options. We ate margarita pizza at Arco di San Calisto (Via di San Calisto 45 00153 Rome, Italy). We sat on the street-side tables, and though not our favorite in Rome, our meal was tasty and the ambiance was great.
After a relaxing morning and leisurely lunch, we reluctantly left Trastevere behind so we could take a nap before heading to the opera.
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