We were able to drop off our luggage at the bed and breakfast around 9a or so, and started a walk through the neighborhood …keep in mind, this is just after 9a on a Sunday morning ….

So, our bed and breakfast was at 60 Viale di Trastevere, in the Trastevere neighborhood (just over the Tiber river from Rome proper). When you leave the front gate (not door, because it blocks a driveway too), turn left and you’ll be walking north-ish into Rome (image below looks up that direction).

Trastevere has a lot of character, with vendors on the street, graffiti, tiny little streets throughout and old churches everywhere you look.

{note: The correct pronunciation is “tras-TEH-ve-ray”, with the accent on the second syllable.}





One of my favorite little details about Rome: the drinking water fountains

The fountains throughout Rome are all powered by the aqueducts (gravity vs pumps) and the water is all clean, safe and drinkable. Fountains like that pictured below were every few blocks in Rome. Nothing that you turn on and off – the water just cycles (I assume) and is continually flowing.




Totally safe and drinkable. We were quite spoiled in Rome with the ease of getting water. The people there must stay so healthy …


In our morning throughout Trastevere, we roughly followed this walk. Roughly. Easy to get lost, easy to find yourself again. The ‘streets’ in the map below are mostly little more than alleyways with driving lanes by necessity.

Picture 4



(getting a business card for this restaurant. Yes, the front door of this restaurant faces this little tiny ‘street’ somewhere in the maze of Trastevere neighborhoods)



Starting with a neighborhood like this – so very different from Los Angeles or Phoenix, or really anywhere we’ve been – was so fun. So fun.

Starting with the church of Santa Cecilia (tomorrow)

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  • Maggie November 2, 2009, 7:10 am

    I love the photos of Andrew filling his water bottle! Before scrolling down I was thinking, “but that spout is so low, how could you possibly drink out of that?!” Ha! I am obviously a little slow! Thanks for the demonstration photos.

    Also I love that last alleyway photo. Can’t wait for the church photos tomorrow! I just love a good church!

  • Andrew November 2, 2009, 9:53 am

    Best.Trip.Ever. Thanks for blogging it Amy. I have so much less patience to do our trip justice in a blog. i can’t wait to see all the photos

  • Nancy Hann November 2, 2009, 5:20 pm

    Love the pics, although I don’t think that graffiti gives a place character. It makes me so sad to see it. Still love the nun picture the best so far.

  • Angela November 3, 2009, 10:36 am

    Maggie – If you shove your finger into the spout, there is a little hole in the top that shoots water up high enough to drink out of it…its pretty fun…:)

    Amy – Im loving this! While reading your blog I can actually remember the way Rome smells and miss it. :):):)

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