A journey through alleys and roofs
Its name comes from the latin trans Tiberim, meaning literally "beyond the Tiber". Nowadays, Trastevere maintains its character thanks to its narrow cobbled streets lined by ancient houses. At night, the tourists alike flock to its many pubs and restaurants, but much of the original character of Trastevere remains. The area is also home to several foreign academic institutions including the American University of Rome and John Cabot University, the American Academy in Rome, the Rome campus of the Thomas More College of liberal Arts, the Canadian University of Waterloo School of Architecture, and the American Pratt Institute School of Architecture therefore serving as home to an international student body. The unique character of this neighborhood has attracted artists, foreign expats, and many famous people. In the sixties and seventies, the American musicians/composers Frederic Rzewski and Richiard Teitelbaum, of the group Musica Elettronica Viva, lived in Via della Luce.