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Piazza Santa Maria

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Address: Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere | Trastevere, 00153 Rome, Italy
Activities: People-watching

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Lively busy square, a center of Trastevere social life

The piazza doesn't have the same look neither the same character at all times of any given day. For most of the week's 'business hours', particularly mornings, the square looks... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
Hamilton, NJ
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Hamilton, NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

The piazza doesn't have the same look neither the same character at all times of any given day. For most of the week's 'business hours', particularly mornings, the square looks like any other square, with nothing to distinguish it from other piazzas one sees everywhere in Italy. But as day progresses, a lively metamorphosis occurs. Starting from lunch hours, the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

On the last afternoon of our week long visit we stumbled in this Piazza. What a finding!!! The athmosphere is that of an old Medieval town of the countryside but its wihin walking distance of Rome main attractions. The Curch was our favorite with the amazing Medieval mosaics. Food was great. Definately a must see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

This llittle square is located in Trastevere neighborhood. It has a nice fountain with stairs in the middle, where usually young people spend their time with friends, in the evening or even late in the night.The square is surrounded by small restaurants (very cheap and touristic).

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We stayed in Trastevere, so we spent a bit of time in this central piazza. Apparently they show football games on a big screen here in the summer. Not surprising, because it was full of locals- children playing, adolescents flirting, adults socializing. There are also some tourist restaurants right on the piazza, as well as the obligatory gelatos shops. Sitting... More 

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Naklo nad Notecia, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Stayed in Trastevere area so visited Piazza Santa Maria every day...great square full with restaurant and bars, not that many tourists, many locals. Not that expensive like centre of the city, with authentic vibe...and of course church Santa Maria which is a must see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Every evening there was musical entertainment with lots of locals just hanging out in the Piazza. Several restaurants were located in or adjacent to the piazza. The church, Santa Maria is certainly worth a good look! A wonderful location in Trastevere.

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Boone, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Trastevere is a magnificent neighborhood across the River from most of the better known tourist sites in Rome. Trastevere is a neighborhood frequented by locals but not so many tourists. A true "Roman" experience. Interesting shops, a multitude of restaurants, and magnificent piazzas. My favorite being Piazza Santa Maria. Very pleasant during the day but it truly come alive as... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014 via mobile

I'm staying in the Trastevere area and have literally fallen in love. All of the reviews stating that it is the more 'authentic' part of Rome are correct, as it isn't swarming with tourists 24/7. The Piazza Santa Maria has become my afternoon hang out/rest area and I can quite comfortably sit here for hours people watching. The streets and... More 

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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We have truly fallen in love with Trastevere, a really real & happening part of Rome, away from all the camera welding tourists & big tour parties. This lovely squire is a great place to eat, drink or chill out & watch the world go by.

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Swindon, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We stayed nearby at the hotel Santa Maria and spent a couple of evenings in this piazza which is only about 25 yards from the hotel. Lots of activities going on such as bubble blowing, musicians and fire eaters. there are many restaurants surrounding the piazza which gave us a good choice of places to eat and drink. A very... More 

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Trastevere ("beyond the Tiber") is like a faded postcard, a little worn around the edges but still charming. With its wide-open piazzas, meandering streets, weathered Renaissance buildings, and overgrown personality, it's become an irresistible mecca for visitors. Trastevere is an enclave of entertainment - a rotating set of street performers entertains almost every night, and unforgettable eateries and bars pepper its piazzas and side streets. For a trip to the past, visit the southern and western flanks of Trastevere for pockets of yesteryear, less traversed areas with a residual 1960s and 70s Roman vibe.
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