The Rambling Writer’s Italy, part 8: Trastevere and the Forum Boarium

Your virtual Italy vacation continues as Thor and I ramble across the Tiber River to Rome’s Trastevere district, and more.

NOTE: Since travel is still on hold with the pandemic continuing, I’ve started a new blog series offering a virtual vacation and time-travel to my first big trip with Thor in 2008. Italy! Starting with highlight photos posted here on Saturday, Jan. 30, I’ll continue every week. Join us in Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, Venice, and Milan. Buon viaggio!

A friend with deep Italian roots urged us to wander around the colorful Trastevere (“across the river”) neighborhood across the Tiber from the main tourist attractions, and we thoroughly enjoyed the twisty, cobblestone lanes opening onto unexpected cul de sacs. Established as a Medieval settlement, it continues with a Bohemian, independent vibe.

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The Rambling Writer’s Italy, part 8: Trastevere and the Forum Boarium — 4 Comments

  1. It’s a shame so many of the old Roman buildings were scavenged for materials. But it is remarkable how much of old Rome still exists.

  2. My comments keep vanishing. Hmmm. Not that I said much beyond how much I loved the windy streets and the ancient sites right there. (But the traffic sounds like a nightmare)

    • That’s odd about your comments! Thanks for sticking with us, and yes, driving in Rome would be unthinkable. These lanes remind Thor and me of some Greek villages we ended up trying to navigate — often with help from friendly locals to make seemingly impossible turns.