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Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere

Posted on Jan 31, 2009 | 8 comments

After M and I parted ways after the photo opening in Trastevere, I took advantage of my time there and spent a good 90 minutes wandering around taking photos. It’s an interesting area, filled with fiercely loyal locals and a huge mix of American students (most study abroad programs are located in and around the area), and tourists who read about it in guidebooks as being an “authentic” neighborhood. This gives me a love/hate relationship with the area because it’s insanely crowded on summer evenings and can be difficult to discern what’s really authentic and what’s “fake” authentic for tourists. Luckily I have some good friends who have lived in the area for years, so I’m able to take advantage of their knowledge. All that being said, I think it’s a great area and I got some nice shots wandering around, which which I’ll be posting about over the next few days.

To start of, we have Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere, one of the main squares in the area and the site of a lot of activity, especially in the summer. You’ll see that even though it was a cold night, some people braved the elements to hang out by the fountain. If you are in town, you should visit the church, which has some beautiful mosaics.

In other news, I’ll be photographing a friend’s fashion show tomorrow night, which I’m quite excited about, and will post the results here. I’m also going to be the “guest photographer” on The Carey Adventures, where Peter has generously given me the chance to repost some of my favorite shots from the blog over a period of a week. Check it out, he has some great stuff on there for photography and travel lovers.


  1. la conosco questa piazza! bella foto ..come sempre ciao 🙂

  2. niiiice pic Jess. I miss this light so much. The more I travel the more I am convinced of the fact that Rome has the best light in the world

  3. Arzach – Grazie per i complimenti!

    Petu – I definitely think so, we are very spoiled to be here!

  4. Love the color tones in the picture. I remember that fountain and also some of the best pizza ever in Trastevere

  5. Oh the pizza place, I know I know. Every time I pass it, it makes me smile.

  6. Okay, Jessica, the Piazza photo is fabulous. I like it way better than the boat and river pic. Err…can I use it for my desktop background? Please, please, please!

    Seriously, Great work. (Now, back to perusing the pics)

  7. Hello, I found your blog via a link in Twitter. I liked your photos, and we stayed in a flat near this piazza in 2008, when we stayed in Rome for 10 days. Lovely place, it put a smile on my face…
    Will check more of your photos, and I should definitely put my photos in a blog as well.

  8. I lived in Rome from January through May 2007. It was magical. I lived just around the corner from this piazza. So many good memories. Walking through Trastevere is like stepping back in time.

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