Trans tiberim in latin means on the other side of the River Tevere where common people used to leave. Trastevere is a picturesque medieval area escaped the grand developments which changed the face of central Rome. Tourists are charmed by Trastevere, although they descend in numbers which slightly obscure the area’s personality.
From being the last surviving pocket of earthy medieval Rome, the neighbourhood has also become unique in Rome in attracting a crowds of locals and tourists with internet cafes side-by-side, typical and ethnic restaurants, trendy bars and pubs, traditional ice cream and chocolate shops. Still, despite the influx of foreign money, Trastevere still maintains a strong local identity. The heart of Trastevere is Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere, a pedestrianised square with a beautiful medieval church.