Nightlife in Trastevere

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Nightlife in Trastevere

When in Rome it is easy to plan your days. With so much attractions, the city has almost too much to choose from. But what about your nights? Well, whether you’re after a relaxing evening over a meal and a glass of wine or some late night drinks Trastevere has got you covered.

Eating Out

If you have been to Trastevere during the day you will know that this bohemian neighbourhood is bustling with people and that there seems to be something going on around every corner. That buzzing atmosphere lasts all day and throughout the night. From about 7.30 pm onwards the streets are awash with people of all ages and from all backgrounds ready to for a night of fun. Of course, with Italians it is all about the food so if you want to “do as the Romans do” then a delicious meal paired with some nice wine with good company is the way to go. There are plenty of great restaurants and enoteche (wine bars) around the main squares, like Piazza Santa Maria, and plenty more in the gorgeous winding cobbled streets surrounding. In particular, Corsetti restaurant in Piazza San Cosimato behind Santa Maria has a long and lovely menu where you can dine out on high quality food in great style.

If you aren’t in the mood for a heavy meal but still want to feel part of the Italian culture, why not try an aperitivo? These are the perfect way to snack while you drink. Typically you will get a glass of wine or a cocktail with a plate of assorted snack foods. What you get depends on what’s on the menu. You will get the usual olives and potato chips, but you can also get things like focaccia, cheese, bruschetta, prosciutto and more. Some places even have aperitivo buffets so you can pick and choose what you want! The usual times for aperitivos are between 7 – 9 pm and the best ones cost up to €10 or €12. If you are late in heading out – if your tour ran over time, for example – don’t worry and don’t rush. It is common for many Italians to eat late – around 9 pm – and most restaurants will stay open till 11 pm or 12 am, so you have the night to fill your belly!

 

Bars and Piazzas

When you’re sufficiently stuffed and you don’t want the night to end, Trastevere has tons of cool and lively bars for you to choose from. Be warned that beer is much more expensive in Italy so if you need that pint be prepared to pay a little extra. Wine is of course the much cheaper option, and since you are in the land of wine you won’t need to spend any extra to get a really nice glass of wine. Those who aren’t fussy can be sure that the vino della casa (house wine) in most of the restaurants and bars will be quite good and very reasonably priced. Nearly everywhere stays open late, around 1 -2 am, on any given night and even later on the weekends. Bar Calisto just off Piazza Santa Maria is very affordable and very popular. Wander past Bar Calisto any day of the week and you will always find is full of people enjoying themselves.

If, however, you find that there are no seats inside or outside you may be able to take your drink to go! Most places will offer you a take-away cup so you may sit in the beautiful piazzas – this is where most of the fun is anyway. Piazza Santa Maria in the tourist centre and Piazza Trilussa in front of the river always have a great atmosphere and there is always something going on. In peak summertime they get a little stricter on public drinking in the interest of tourist-safety so you won’t be served a take-away cup after 10 pm.

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However, also in peak summer months the Trastevere bank of the Tiber becomes a fairground of sorts, with canopied bars of all different themes, arcade games, jewellery, clothes, etc. Walk as far as the river and hit up Teverestate or LungoilTevere and you will have a great time!

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Richard's a well seasoned traveller having lived and travelled in South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. Having settled in Rome since 2010 he has good grasp of the lingo and locals.
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