On the opposite side of the Tiber, that’s literally what Trastevere means. Ancient Rome rose on the seven hills all located on the left side of the river while on this side we only had one neighborhood originally inhabited by immigrants. In renaissance Trastevere became the heart of commercial activity and the residence of Rome’s middleclass as we can tell from its architecture. No noble palaces or wide streets, on the contrary the buildings are low, the streets narrow and the doorways small, but this is what makes this neighborhood so unique.
However just outside of the original walls of the city in the XVIth century a very rich and powerful man known by the name of Agostino Chigi built his splendid palace. This pearl of Renaissance hides the most incredible treasures – the frescos of Rafael.
Agostino a very erudite man, lover of art, music and poetry built the palace as his residence but also to house popes, cardinals and other dignitaries from Europe. Famous were the receptions during which the guests ate from golden dishes later disposed of directly into the Tiber.
During this tour we’ll walk on picturesque streets, see charming corners and marvel at Rafael’s frescoes in Villa Farnesina. We’ll cross the river by passing on Isola Tiberina and finish on the left bank in the area of the Jewish Ghetto.