Attractions

Top Choice Basilica in Trastevere & Gianicolo

Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere

Nestled in a quiet corner of Trastevere's focal square, this is said to be the oldest church dedicated to the Virgin Mary in Rome. In its original form, it dates to the early 3rd century, but a major 12th-century ma…
Top Choice Historic Building in Trastevere & Gianicolo

Villa Farnesina

The interior of this gorgeous 16th-century villa is fantastically frescoed from top to bottom. Several paintings in the Loggia of Cupid and Psyche and the Loggia of Galatea, both on the ground floor, are attributed …
Top Choice Gallery in Trastevere & Gianicolo

Galleria Corsini

Once home to Queen Christina of Sweden, whose bedroom witnessed a steady stream of male and female lovers, the 16th-century Palazzo Corsini was designed by Ferdinando Fuga in grand Versailles style, and houses part …
Top Choice Basilica in Trastevere & Gianicolo

Basilica di Santa Cecilia in Trastevere

The last resting place of the patron saint of music features Pietro Cavallini's stunning 13th-century fresco, in the nuns' choir of the hushed convent adjoining the church. Inside the church itself, Stefano Maderno'…
Hill in Trastevere & Gianicolo

Gianicolo Hill

The verdant hill of Gianicolo is dotted by monuments to Garibaldi and his makeshift army, who fought pope-backing French troops in one of the fiercest battles in the struggle for Italian unification on this spot in …
Gardens in Trastevere & Gianicolo

Orto Botanico

Formerly the private grounds of Palazzo Corsini, Rome’s 12-hectare botanical gardens are a little-known, slightly neglected gem and a great place to unwind in a tree-shaded expanse covering the steep slopes of the G…
Monument in Trastevere & Gianicolo

Villa Doria Pamphilj

Lorded over by the 17th-century Villa Doria Pamphilj is Rome’s largest landscaped park – many a Roman's favourite place to escape the city noise and bustle. Once a vast private estate, it was laid out around 1650 fo…
Church in Trastevere & Gianicolo

Tempietto di Bramante & Chiesa di San Pietro in Montorio

Considered the first great building of the High Renaissance, Bramante’s sublime Tempietto (Little Temple; 1508) is a perfect surprise, squeezed into the courtyard of the Chiesa di San Pietro in Montorio, on the spot…
Church in Trastevere & Gianicolo

Chiesa di San Francesco d’Assisi a Ripa Grande

St Francis is said to have stayed here in 1219, and in his cell you can still see the rock that he purportedly used as a pillow and his crucifix. Rebuilt several times, the church's current incarnation dates from th…
Public Art in Trastevere & Gianicolo

Triumphs & Laments

A bold new addition to Rome’s cityscape, this vast frieze adorns the River Tiber walls between Ponte Sisto and Ponte Mazzini. The creation of South African artist William Kentridge, it stretches for 550m and compris…