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A brief route through one of Rome's most atmospheric quarters - Trastevere. We set off from Ponte Cestio which links Trastevere to the Tiber Island. Trastevere was originally on the outskirts of the Rome. It was the port of the city where foreign traders would unload and store their merchandise.
It still remains a maze of narrow, streets many typically covered by cobblestones which were suitable for horse and carts and we take a straihgt route from the bridge head crossing Lungotevere in the direction of Via della Luce.
Just as Italy is divided into regions, provinces and comune etc, the city of Rome is similarly compartmentalized, this time by 'Rione' or neighborhoods. The Trastevere area across the River Tiber is correctly called "trans tiberim" and is Rione number XIII. It is also the largest of all the rione of Rome and you can tell where you are if you keep seeing the motif of a lion's head on a red background.
It was the first inhabited zone of the right bank, or 'rivadestra', of the river and formed a defensive bridgehead for the ancient city. This port area grew as Ostia Antica became abandoned and pilgrims headed to Rome to stay in hospices and inns along present day Via San Francesco a Ripa which leads to Saint Peters.
Which came first, Rome or the Tiber?
Well, it has been suggested that Rome was named after the ancient name for the Tiber 'Rumon', which is itself a reference to Romulus.
Others believe the river is named after the Latin kings Tebron or Tiberinus.
Whatever the truth, the river is central to the myth of Romulus, Remus and the She-Wolf and it's navigability helped Rome become a commercial and political reality.
The rest is, as they say, history.
Today, the Tiber seems a little sorry for itself.
This is partly due to the construction of the flood walls in the 19th century which fundamentally altered the city's interaction with the river. However there is a very good cycling route along the river that goes from Castel Giubileo on the North up to Via del mare on the South towards the sea of Ostia lido. The full map of the biking routes of Rome can be downloaded on the site of the Roma Capitale
Although the city of Rome boasts an astoundingly endless supply of restaurants, some days you may just feel like cooking on your own or stopping to pick up a piece of fruit as you stroll through the quaint cobblestone streets (cobblestones being called “san pietrini” in Italian due to the fact that the small stones were used to pave St. Peter’s square). If you’re ever craving some local, fresh food, be sure to check out our favorite markets below:
A very light vegetarian lasagna with zucchini and ricotta
For the pasta: Use fresh pasta sheets cut into lasagna strips.
For the filling: Olive oil, 1 clove of garlic chopped, 3 small zucchinis cut in ½ moons (if zucchini comes with flowers, chop those as well), 1 medium eggplant cut into ¼ moons, ½ lb or 250 grams ricotta, 2 handfuls of parmigiano reggiano, 1 egg, salt and pepper, 8 oz freshly grated mozzarella
Subiaco is located in the Aniene Valley inside the Natural Park of the Simbruini Mountains. You may not know exactly where that is, but its just 60 km from Rome, towards Mount Livata.
Roman Emperor Nero built his own prestigious villa here together with two artificial lakes created from the waters of the river. The legend says that the slaves who worked on it also founded the town of Subiaco.
What is the origin of the city of Rome and its name "Roma"? ... And who were the Romans? We should look for the answer to the origins of Rome in the primitive history of the Ancient Lazio Region.
In remote times, back in the Bronze Age between the 18th and 17th centuries B.C. there was a great transmarine migration of the Arcadians from the Aegean Sea towards southern Italy.
Lead by their mythical king Oenotro, these people were called Oenotrians. From their expansion and integration with the local populations derive their descendants (with some complicated relations) the Ausonians, the Choni, the Morgetes, the Itali, in fact, and the Siculi populations.
The Latins also probably descended from the Oenotrians, who instead pushed a bit farther north. And in any case there is proof that between the 16th and the 15th centuries B.C. various populations speaking different Indo-European idioms had already permeated the Italian territory.
These populations represent the result of overlapping and oftentimes blending of a first Indo-European migration in Italy with a pre-existing non Indo-European under layer like the very ancient Iberian-Caucasians and the Aegean-Asiatic Pelasgics.
What is the origin of the city of Rome and its name "Roma"? ... And who were the Romans?
The most ancient sites of what will later become the city of Rome, to which we can trace the presence of peoples of which the most ancient history narrates, are recognized in the heights of the Janiculum hill, the Capitoline, the ancient Saturnia, and the Palatine, the ancient Pallanteo, a sort of Tripolis on the banks of the Tiber River.
On the Janiculum hill in a period much earlier than the Trojan War, there was already proof, according to tradition, of the most ancient community of which the history of Rome tells, that of Janus, hero of the same name of Janiculum, who at his death will be made a god and is still today remembered as the most important pagan divinity of Rome.
There are more catacombs in Rome than you might expect. The most famous and perhaps most spectacular, of course, are along the Appian Way. The ancient road still retains an impressively authentic appearance and it doesn't take half a bottle of wine to imagine the Roman legions walking towards the Capitoline Hill.
The Catacombs to visit in the area are San Callisto, Domitilla and San Sebastiano. All are Christian, but it is a surprise to find the Jewish Catacomb or 'Catacomb Ebraica' nearby. Visitors may, however, want to descend terra firma on the other side of the city.