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Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere (Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere) Tours

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Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere (Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere)
As the cradle of Christianity, Rome is home to some of the oldest churches in the world. Among the most important is the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere (Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere), with a facade and interior covered in golden mosaics from the 12th and 13th centuries.

The Basics
Dominating Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere, the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere is a highlight of the historic Trastevere neighborhood. The church was originally founded in the third century, but a complete renovation in the 12th century left it in its present form, with a Romanesque bell tower and shimmering golden mosaics inside and out. Believed to be the first church in Rome dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the basilica has a 16th-century portico designed by Carlo Fontana and an interior divided into three naves by lines of columns taken from the ancient Baths of Caracalla. One of the most beloved churches in the city, Santa Maria in Trastevere is often chosen by Romans to celebrate weddings and baptisms.

Explore the church and the vibrant neighborhood of Trastevere on a guided walking, bike, or Segway tour. Guided food tours explore Trastevere and the nearby Jewish Ghetto, both known for their excellent cuisine. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Visitors must wear modest attire covering knees and shoulders to enter the church.
  • Photography is allowed inside the church.
  • The basilica is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
  • The square outside the church is pedestrian only and generally filled with street musicians and artists, so a good stop if traveling with young children.

How to Get There
The Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere is located on the square of the same name, along the east bank of the Tiber River, south of Vatican City. Cross the Ponte Sisto on foot, or take tram 8 from the center of Rome across the Ponte Garibaldi, just north of Tiber Island.

When to Get There
The church is a popular venue for weddings and other religious ceremonies on the weekends, during which time the interior may not be accessible. Visit the church in the late afternoon for the best light on the facade, then stop at one of the many cafés in the square just outside for a relaxing aperitivo.

Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere
The Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere stands on Piazza Santa Maria, the heart of this bohemian neighborhood that is filled by day with Romans and visitors dining at sidewalk restaurants and sunbathing on the steps of the square’s central fountain. Come evening, the city’s youth flock to the many trendy bars and cafés in and around the piazza.
Address: Via della Paglia, 14, Rome, Province of Rome 00153, Italy
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The Roman Food tour in Trastevere 5pm start

The Roman Food tour in Trastevere 5pm start

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Get to know the Roman neighborhood of Trastevere through its food and wine on this half-day walking tour. Visit local favorite venues for multiple tastings including cheese, ham, pizza, pasta, and aged balsamic vinegar. Explore Trastevere’s cobblestone streets between sampling local wines and beers. Save room for the tour’s final bite: traditional gelato.
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Withlocals 10 Tastings: Safe & Private Rome Food Tour with a Local Expert

Withlocals 10 Tastings: Safe & Private Rome Food Tour with a Local Expert

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Sample the unique flavors of the Eternal City during this private food tour of Rome. Traverse the Campo de' Fiori area and old Jewish Quarter with a local guide in search of local treats like pizza, coffee, a ricotta pie, and gelato. Learn about the history behind each dish as you make your way between a plethora of locales.
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Twilight Trastevere Rome Food Tour

Twilight Trastevere Rome Food Tour

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Trastevere is a neighborhood like no other. It’s where Romans choose to eat with their families on a Sunday and where young Romans go for buzzing nightlife at evenings and weekends. You can’t leave Rome without walking through these streets, tasting the best food on offer, and taking a million pictures of this amazing hotspot. On this guided 4-hour walking food tour we explore this photogenic neighbourhood by night. You’ll sample a sumptuous blend of Italian classics like pizza and pasta, real Roman street food, less-known meats and cheeses, and amazing wine in a secret cellar – its history will blow you away. Few activities in Rome deliver as many hidden surprises and enchanting moments as this, so be sure to join us for an unforgettable night in one of our favourite neighbourhoods in Rome. Take advantage of Rome’s vibrant nightlife by walking through the streets of Trastevere with a local.
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Buzz Buggy Tour - you drive we'll lead!

Buzz Buggy Tour - you drive we'll lead!

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Zip along hidden alleyways and get an insiders introduction to authentic Roman neighborhoods on this special Buzz Buggy tour. Drive your own two-seater, electric-powered buggy, covering thousands of years of Italian history along the way. Highlights include trendy Trastevere, the Colosseum and the Circus Maximus, St. Peter’s Basilica, and Trevi Fountain.
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Rome Trastevere Tour by Segway

Rome Trastevere Tour by Segway

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Roll through a charming labyrinth of narrow streets and antique piazzas on a 3-hour Segway tour of Rome’s Trastevere neighborhood. Discover the layers of history that have shaped this well-preserved pocket and see its most captivating monuments such as Palazzo Corsini, Teatro Marcello, the l'Acqua Paola fountain and the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, one of Rome’s oldest churches. Travel much longer distances than you would on a walking tour, and easily scale a hill leading up to the Gianicolo lookout for panoramic Vatican views.
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Segway Trastevere and Hidden Gems Small-Group Tour in Rome

Segway Trastevere and Hidden Gems Small-Group Tour in Rome

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Explore historic streets and glide across classic Roman piazzas on a 3.5-hour, guided Segway tour of Trastevere. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of a historic neighborhood, and discover exquisite local churches and quiet back roads. See the High Renaissance lines of the Tempietto del Bramante, discover Santa Maria’s glinting mosaics and ride to the top of Janiculum Hill for unmatched views of the city. Hear stories about Rome’s history and culture at every stop, with plenty of time to take pictures and ask questions along the way.
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Withlocals 90 Minutes Kickstart: Safe & Private Tour Rome with a Local Expert

Withlocals 90 Minutes Kickstart: Safe & Private Tour Rome with a Local Expert

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Take a private walking tour in central Rome that reveals the best of Italy's capital. See highlights including the Campo de'Fiori market, the Trastevere neighborhood, and the Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica. Along the way, your guide shares the history of the magnificent city, along with customized suggestions of great places to visit on your own.
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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Rome Private Tour

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While in Rome, don't get lost in the crowd. Take a private walking tour with a guide who shares local knowledge of the UNESCO-listed Eternal City and its historical highlights. Choose your departure time and create an itinerary to suit your interests, from a closer look at the Colosseum to the best pizzeria in town. Food tastings included.
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Porta Portese Market, Trastevere, St Cecilia & Jewish Ghetto Guided Tour in Rome

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Trastevere and Villa Farnesina Private walking Tour

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Explore the charming Roman neighborhood of Trastevere and the artworks of Villa Farnesina during this private walking tour. Skip the hassle of navigating and follow your private guide to see the Basilica of St. Mary and Villa Farnesina, home to frescoes by the Renaissance artist Raphael. Learn about the history and art of Trastevere from a local guide.
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Tour of Rome with the iconic Vespa - PROFICIENT DRIVING SKILLS REQUIRED

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This is definitely the quickest and best way to see Rome and have a lot of fun thrown into the bargain! Experience the thrill of driving the Iconic Vespa around the beautiful streets of Rome - Explore the alleyways and meandering streets of characteristic districts such as Trastevere and Campo di Fiori Aside from showing you all the Must-Sees, your professional guide will lead you through many backstreets which will allow you to get the feel of what Rome is all about. WARNING - DRIVING A SCOOTER IN ROME AS A BEGINNER is highly dangerous - for your own safety, we require our customers to be well experienced and proficient drivers - We translate this into having driven at least 20 times for at least a day - occasional "holiday drivers" WILL NOT fall into this category -(in some cases we ask customers to drive around the block, if we are not satisfied, we do not supply the scooter and will NOT REFUND the customer - our decision will be final.
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Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto private walking tour

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Discover some of Rome’s hidden gems on this 3-hour private walking tour. Visit the medieval neighborhoods of Trastevere and the old Jewish Ghetto. Learn about the fascinating history behind these two districts from your informative guide and visit the Santa Maria di Trastevere Church. This tour is great for those who have already visited Rome or want a deeper look into the ‘Eternal City.’
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The treasures of Trastevere Private Walking Tour

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Get away from the crowds and explore the hidden corners of Rome. Enjoy a private walking tour through Trastevere for your small group. Discover this charming medieval neighborhood, wander through its labyrinthine streets, and explore the Villa Farnesina, one of Rome’s most extraordinary Renaissance buildings. Your professional guide attends to your group and answers all your questions.
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Trastevere Quarter Private Walking Tour with Gelato

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Explore Rome’s Trastevere neighborhood on a 1.5-hour, small-group walking tour with a stop at a famous gelato shop. Visit the Sisto Bridge, Porta Settimiana, and the ancient city walls, and soak up the atmosphere of the fascinating historic district. You’ll cover just under one mile (1.6 km) of distance on this Trastevere walking tour, which is limited to 15 people for personal service.
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I Love Rome Exclusive City Pass Explorer

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Rome Highlights by Bicycle

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Walking Tour of Trastevere and Jewish District

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Rome Street Photography Lesson

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Roman Food Tour a Great Foodie Experience

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The unknown Treasures of Trastevere

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The unknown Treasures of Trastevere

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Explore Rome’s Trastevere neighborhood on a 2-hours private Segway tour, which provides the ability to cover more ground than a walking tour but still be outside the soak up the atmosphere of this lively historical quarter known for its restaurants and local culture. With a private guide, cruise along the maze of cobbled streets to see off-the-beaten-path sights and architectural gems that many visitors miss.
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St Benedict in Rome Walking Tour

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Superb tour for those interested in St Benedict or Benedictine Spirituality.  This is the original St Benedict Tour in Rome.  Journey with an expert guide to some of the principal places in Rome associated with the monastic patriarch - St Benedict.  Few men have had such a major impact on the development of Western Civilization and culture, and on this tour you will learn more about the man, his spirituality and the development of religious life in the Church.  This tour also visits some lesser known hidden gems of Rome including the mother-house of the Benedictines, the mother-house of the Dominicans, the famous keyhole, the orange garden, the skull of St Valentine, Tiber Island, the relics of the apostle St Bartholomew, the house of St Benedict, the Abbey of St Cecilias and finally the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere.  This is a fabulous walking tour that no other company can authentically offer.
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