Trastevere is as Rome as Rome gets. Across the Tiber river from the city proper – hence the name – due to the city’s relentless expansion, this part of Rome is now well within the city. In fact, it is where the original heart of Rome still pulses, quietly, rhythmically…
Trastevere is where you still find tiny, two-storied houses in the heart of the ancient city. On hot summer days – in Rome that can mean well into october – it is normal to keep the front door open on the family dining room, just like in the tiniest of Italian towns in the countryside.
Year-round, laundry is hung on lines for drying in the narrow cobbled alleys. Restaurants and pubs hum with life at all hours of the day and night. The streets – lined by little workshops where artisans go about trades unchanged in centuries – are home to an eclectic mix of “trasteverini” and tourists, all garnished with a generous helping of young Americans attending the local, Engish-language universities.
Trastevere may be a small part of a large city, but it certainly seems to encompass a significant swathe of the universe.
All photographs taken september 2013. More soon. Hope you enjoyed.