Trastevere is considered the most popular and enchanting of the old districts of Rome. Little traditional shops, groceries, small fruits and vegetable markets are scattered through a maze of medieval houses, narrow cobblestone streets and cute little piazzas.
We meet on the Tiberine Island, the only island on the Tiber river in Rome. We visit Europe’s oldest functioning bridge, that dates back to 62 b.C, and then the Church of St .Bartholomew built above the Ancient temple of Aesculapius, the God of Medicine.
The entire island used to be dedicated to health care and hospitals. Later we reach the right river bank and we start strolling through the labyrinth of streets in Trastevere. We visit the Church of St. Benedict built above the house of the Saint Patron of Europe. In Ancient Rome one of the main Pools for Naval Battles was located here.
Then, we arrive at St. Cecilia, an astonishingly beautiful church featuring a rich Crypt and well-preserved medieval paintings. We walk by the smallest house in Rome, the Ancient city walls and the oldest hospital in the World for curing sexual diseases.
We also visit the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere. It is the oldest church in the city dedicated to the Virgin Mary and the most important in the district. Medieval mosaics, columns and marbles reused from Ancient Pagan buildings make this Basilica one of Rome’ s highlights.
After taking an enchanting creek uphill, we reach the Acqua Paola Fountain. It is the less famous twin sister of the Trevi Fountain built on top of the Gianicolo Hill. The tour end with a great view over the Eternal City.