Even cool people need Easter eggs and this stunning window display on the via del Moro in Trastevere is on the corner of the Piazza Santa Maria – perfect for hunting down Easter eggs if you are in Rome this Easter and are planning to visit the Basilica di Santa Maria Trastevere, tucked in the far corner of the piazza.
The piazza itself is the focal point of cool in Trastevere – people gather to watch buskers or lounge around the fountain, which dates back to Roman times, in the centre of the square. There are also plenty of cafes and bars from which to watch the world go by in the spring sunshine. If you are a night owl, Trastevere gets its strut on after dark, with clubs and bars a go-go. By day, bright young things on Vespas race through the streets, while tourists jump out of the way and peruse the trinket stalls and funky little shops.
Trastevere may not be everyone’s cup of tea – the main thoroughfare, Viale di Trastevere, with its tramways, imperialistic ochre buildings and overhanging trees, conjures up a less happy pre-WWII era for me. But Trastevere certainly is a curio: strip the Piazza Santa Maria of tourists, bars and cool folk and you have the perfect setting for Mascagni’s opera Cavalleria Rusticana, which premiered at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome on 17 May 1890.
If you are in Rome at Easter, a visit to Basilica di Santa Maria Trastevere is a pleasant walk along the River Tiber from the Vatican – or if you are visiting the Circus Maximus behind the Colosseum, you can reach Trastevere very easily if you walk along the Circus Maximus to the end, veer to the left and walk past the police headquarters, head up the little hill to the river and take the first bridge, the Ponte Palatino. This will take you to the Viale di Trastevere, the broad tree-lined boulevard which runs through the centre of the area. Head off to the right through the narrow, winding lanes to Piazza Santa Maria and award yourself a macchiato and an Easter egg. You can wander back to the Tiber along the via del Moro having collected your Easter egg, taking in the shops as you go. Buona Pasqua and Happy Easter!
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Images copyright Angela Meredith 2017