I have been to Rome several times and have always had a soft spot for this beautiful city but this time it was different, I truly fell in love with the place. After chatting to a friend several days after returning, I realised that it was the area we choose that had me hooked...Trastevere, Rome's bohemian neighbourhood, has all the splendour of Rome but without the masses of tourists. It is authentic, down to earth and full of beauty and a short 15 minute walk over the bridge will get you to some of Rome's famous sites so you have the best of both worlds. We only had 2 nights to enjoy this little piece of Italian bliss so this blog will be short and sweet.
Where we stayed:
Sweet Inn Apartment, Via Benedetta 21, Trastevere, 00153 https://www.sweetinn.com/
The bohemian style follows me where ever I go... or maybe I follow it :-) (I know ..I'm obessed!!) Whatever the case maybe I couldn't believe our luck when we stepped into this quirky fun boho apartment in the most perfect location in Trastevere with everything the area has to offer right on your doorstep. I cannot recommend it enough and I will not stay anywhere else on my future trips to Rome. It is approximately €120 per night and sleeps 4.
Where we ate:
I think it's genuinely hard to get a bad meal in Trastevere. Everything I ate that weekend was superb... way to my heart is definitely good food... I heart Trastevere!!!
Pimms Good, Via di Santa Dorotea, 8, 00153
We arrived at lunchtime and we were famished so we pretty much ended up going to the nearest restaurant to the apartment. Don't let the name of this establishment put you off, it's very traditionally Italian. So I was determined to have tried all of the local Roman dishes by the end of the weekend.... carbonara, matriciana, cacio e pepe and pizza. I choose the carbonara here and it was to die for...perfection! I also have a new favourite red wine introduced to me in this restaurant.. Primitivo (Thanks Hannah!!)
Pizzeria Da Otello, Via della Pelliccia, 47/53, 00153 Roma
Pizza was on the menu for our first dinner in Trastevere, we came across this authentic cosy pizzeria by accident but I had already previously read great pizza reviews for this one so after a short 15 minute wait (it wasn't short at all...we were starving!!) we got seated and within 2 seconds we had our pizza and red wine ordered. The picture below sums our pizza up, bellissima...
Ombre Rosse, Piazza di S. Egidio, 12-13, 00153 Roma
Next dish was matriciana in this pretty outdoor restaurant (only one more traditional Roman dish to go and I have completed my mission). Perfect for people watching and the Aperol Spritz was not too bad either.
La Scala, Piazza della Scala, 58/61, 00153 Roma
There was a one hour wait for a table at this restaurant but since it was our last night we decided to persevere and wait. This restaurant has a really lovely ambiance and you will happily spend hours dining and wining here. I decided to go with cacio e pepe suppli for starters (mission complete) and baked seabass for main which came inclusive of the head and is not my favourite thing. Having said that once I avoided looking at it's face it really was delicious. Purely my fault for not asking at the beginning.
Aperitvo in Roma
Don't forget to make time in between your meals for an aperitivo. This is very popular in Italy and it is amazing value. You basically get a platter of Italian tapas included with your drinks. Most bars will do this from early evening until dinner starts. We went to a place called Oggi in Campo di Fiori. This place is worth the visit just for the super fun and friendly staff. There is nothing I love more than sitting al fresco in a beautiful Italian piazza sipping on Aperol Spritz watching the world go by.....you know you want to!!
Yes I am in my element!
Very friendly staff!
Bars in Trastevere: so many to choose from, just take a stroll and find your favourite.
Go to Rome immediately, stay in Trastevere (that is an order!), you will not be disappointed (that is a guarantee!) I hope you enjoyed my blog. Buon viaggio!!