Wednesday, December 19, 2007

A Taste of Bohemia in Trastevere

On the west bank of the Tiber (Tevere) is a funky neighborhood that often gets overlooked by tourists. Historically the residence of fisherman and foreigners, Trastevere has maintained the crooked narrow cobblestone streets of the Middle Ages. Now it is the home of several universities, students and artists. At night the heart of the neighborhood, Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere (pictured), is filled with Italians and foreigners on their way to dinner, drinks, or just enjoying the atmosphere. You can find many inexpensive restaurants just off Piazza Santa Maria, or you can walk a little further to Il Albino del Sarde on Via della Luce near Piazza Mastai. This Sardinian-style trattoria is located on the quiet side of Trastevere, so you will avoid the crowds and the street vendors. But be sure to stroll into the heart of Trastevere after dinner. You don't want to miss a fascinating people-watching opportunity!

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