Rome's Entertainment DistrictThe Trastevere district beyond the Tiber River is the city's entertainment district. Although up to the 20th century this area was populated by poor workers, today Trastevere quarter is the most trendy and popular area in Rome. There are a lot of students here, studying at the American John Cabot University which runs here.
Trastevere, known for its picturesque alleys paved with stone, contains a labyrinth of alleyways with excellent restaurants, popular bars, cafes and tea shops, and a variety of cute stores
Santa Maria Square is the main square, and a fountain with four giant oysters and wolf heads stands in its center. Every evening the square fills with vacationers and becomes the entertainment center for the city's young people. Talented street artists and a variety of stands with jewelry and art objects complement the wonderful atmosphere in the square.
In general, Trastevere is a lively district, especially known as the center of the entertainment scene of the Italian capital. This place is happening at all hours and one can also go shopping almost every hour of the day until late at night.
Located south of Vatican City, it is the 13th quarter of the city.
The History of the QuarterEtruscans settled in Trastevere dating back to the 8th century BC. The people of Rome themselves did not want to build houses there. They used to call it "the quarter across the river." Only a wooden bridge connected it to the city back then.
In the writings of Philo of Alexandria, who arrived in Rome in the middle of the 1st century CE, attests that in this period the city's Jews were concentrated in this area, on the right bank of the Tiber in a place called Trastevere. The Latin name, by the way, means "across the river Tiber."
In the time between then and now, the Roman settled their captives here as slaves and servants to the capital of the empire, Rome.