Trastevere is named for its position ‘over the Tiber’. Separated from the heart of central Rome by the river, the area retained its narrow lanes and working-class population when the rest of Rome began its nineteenth-century expansion. Despite its being a major touristic destination, it has managed to preserve a strong local (and “Roman”!) identity, and it’s not too difficult to step off the main routes and escape the masses, especially if you plan your visit in the morning and take some time to walk out of the beaten path. There is much more to discover than the classical piazza Trilussa-piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere – viale Trastevere path!