I just love the feeling when I am in a new city walking around the backstreets and finally finding my way out of the usual tourist spots. Trastevere is still probably touristy for some, but this place on the other side of the Tiber River boasts more locals, less people with cameras, and more people just enjoying good Italian food served in lovely trattorias. To get to Trastevere, I walked past the Jewish Ghetto and saw the almost empty streets, one after another, under summer afternoon sun. This is when I know I have ventured to the other side – the part of Rome where real Romans live.
After I walked and wandered around the beautiful cobblestones streets, I sat myself down on the fountain steps at the Piazza Santa Maria to take it all in. There were more people now, tourists and locals alike, enjoying their time “beyond the Tiber.”
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