Isola Tiberina

Isola Tiberina, Rome

Isola Tiberina
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Vadim
By Vadim
A place of ancient pandemics.
Jun 2021
The waters of the Tiber made the island look like a boat. By the way, the only island along the entire length of the river. Usually a fortress is created on the island, around which the city is already growing. Such as in Paris around Cite, in Moscow or in New York around Manhattan. It turned out differently in Rome. Tiberina turned out to be on the contrary a place where they did not want to settle. There is a legend that the body of the Roman tyrant king Tarquin the Proud was allegedly buried here. Subsequently, the strategy of psychological repression continued to operate. Here the Romans organized a hospital for plague patients - the temple of Aesculapius. Gradually, the island ceases to be a cursed place and acquires a high status. The temple of Aesculapius has not survived to this day. In its place, in 988, the Holy Roman Emperor Otto III created the Church of St. Bartholomew.Otto approached the matter thoroughly, even transporting the remains of the apostle here. Imaginary or real is the question. However, the church that we see has nothing to do with the original one. Otto's church was washed away by a flood in 1557. The current one was built in 1624. In addition to the church, there was even a papal residence in the Torre dei Pierleoni, which now doesn`t make an impression comparable to, for example, the castle of Sant'Angelo. After the flood , the Romans remembered the original medical glory of the island and the hospital was opened here in 1584 . With the wonderful name Ospedale Fatebenefratelli ("Brothers, do good"). In addition, you can look at the bridges. They are the oldest here. However, only one arch remains of the oldest Ponte Rotto. The bridges leading to the island from the Jewish ghetto are called Ponte Fabricio, and the one leading to Trastevere is Ponte Cestio. They were also built before BC, but subsequently rebuilt many times and it is difficult to distinguish the antique part in them.

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dapper777
Monaco32,182 contributions
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An oasis of peace in the midst of the chaos of Rome, reachable from the two bridges that join the banks.
It is a piece of the history of Rome dedicated in Roman times to the God of medicine Aesculapius: in fact there is still a hospital today.
Rome has this incredible ability to survive time and events and show these jewels to its visitors.
We recommend this spectacular and unique oasis in the center of Rome, which has a breathtaking view, rich in architecture and history, and even a cycle path. surrounded by greenery.
Written January 9, 2021
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Malgorzata
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Tiberian Island is one of the two islands in Tiber and the only island on its Roman section. It is 270 m long and up to 67 m wide, with an area of ​​1.8 ha. Two bridges connect it with the banks: Fabricio and Cestus. The first is the oldest preserved Roman bridge, in the Middle Ages called the Jewish Bridge due to the proximity of the ghetto. Tiberian Island is the perfect place for a romantic walk, especially after dark, when the island is lit by beautiful lanterns. It's worth visiting the island because you feel the atmosphere here, which tells about Rome from years ago. Also worth a visit if you are thirsty for romantic walks by moonlight and the noise of the Tiber.
Written April 22, 2020
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The Spanish Steps Apartment
Rome, Italy23,853 contributions
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In the middle of Rome's Tiber River is the small island known as Isola Tiberina. The island is loaded with history, originally being home to an ancient temple of Asclepius, the god of healing. Legend said a snake from that god's temple came to the island from a boat; the island itself has been shaped to resemble a boat. In the 16th century a hospital was founded there, and it is still in operation. You can easily stroll across the island going from the Jewish Ghetto to Trastevere, stopping for the views of the river and island on the bridges, then going through the tiny squares on the island. As well as the hospital, there's a church, San Bartolomeo all'Isola, on the island. It's a lovely part of a stroll through the Eternal City.
Written March 10, 2013
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PSP-Adel
Adelaide, Australia147 contributions
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I had this on my list of things to do while in Rome. We walked to the island from the Roman forum and while it was quite scenic with the island surrounded by the river and the old stone bridge, it was not as remarkable as we had hoped. It is an interesting place to visit but not much to do when you get there.
Written January 8, 2015
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AllanJGJ
Wellington, New Zealand3,399 contributions
If you're in the Jewish quarter take a small detour to cross the oldest bridge across the Tiber (built in 62BC!) and you'll be on this quiet little island. A two-minute walk and another bridge and you'll be in Trastevere. There's not a lot on the island (a hospital and a church - no surprises there then) and you feel a million miles away from the bedlam of the major tourist attractions as you take in the views on the river.
Written October 22, 2019
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Chavculturesucks
Bournemouth, England, United Kingdom37 contributions
Some buildings on an island in the Tiber and a couple of average looking bridges. Not impressed really - cant compare with other islands like the Île de la Cité in Paris. Not worth the detour
Written November 23, 2012
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Alasassy
Scottsdale, AZ504 contributions
Couples
My husband and I took a random walk from our hotel near the Pantheon. We knew the Tiber River was close, so we decided to walk to it, not realizing there was an island. All on the island, and along the river, are small cafes and bars for great pre-dinner drinks and nightlife. The island is so small, has only a few shops and only one geletaria (which is amazing by the way, best Gelato we had on our trip!). If you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle, and all of the busy tourists, this is your spot. The river is beautiful, and the vendors on the bridge are not pushy like other piazzas, etc. Only a 10 min walk from your major places like Piazza Novana, and the quaint neighborhood of Trastavere is just on the other side. We saw more locals here than in most of the touristy places, and we spoke a little Italian so we fit right in! There is also a nice concert/film area setup with an outside bar that looked really inviting, we didn't have enough time to go back at night when it was open, but it looked like a lot of fun.

Amazing pictures of the river as well, highly recommend if you are looking for something off the beaten path and a gentle way to relax in Rome.
Written September 10, 2014
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Rick Zullo
Rome, Italy95 contributions
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This is my favorite time of the year in Rome when the weather heats up and the outdoor summer celebrations get into full swing. Anyone visiting our city during June, July, or August should not miss out on this festive atmosphere by having an aperitivo along the river. Not to mention that the air at water level is refreshingly cooler than the city streets sitting 20 meters above.

Just walk across one of the bridges that are connected to the Isola Tiburina and you’ll see what I’m talking about. A continuous string on white tents are set up on both sides of the Tevere and on the tiny island itself. About 75% of these are temporary bars and restaurants which remain open only for the summer months. The rest of the tents contain little specialty shops selling everything from books to clothes to every kind of souvenir that you can imagine.

The aperitivo hour starts around 7:30 and there are many cozy spots to have a drink and a small bite. The choices vary, so look around and find something that fits your mood. If you are new to town or just passing through, why not join one of the social groups that meet up here regularly? On Tuesday evenings at 8:30, there is a weekly meeting of Expats Living in Rome, a mixed group of Italians and foreigners that gather on the island to exchange languages and make new friends over cocktails and hors d'oeuvre.
Written May 20, 2013
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Tracy W
Belfast302 contributions
Couples
This is a beautiful small island in the middle of the Tiber River in Rome.

It can easily be accessed by a number of small bridges, from Trastevere and then across the isle and into the Jewish Ghetto.
The island is mainly home to the Hospital, but it aso has a small shop, cafe and restaurant and the most beautiful church - San Bartolomeo all'Isola.

You can also take a boart trip from the Island, down to Castel Sant'Angelo and back - Definitely worth a visit.
Written April 9, 2013
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Marisa C
Santa Cruz, CA425 contributions
Couples
We stumbled upon this island and had no idea the history of it being the ruins of Temple of Aesculapius and once believed to be shaped like a boat, the island boast the beautiful St Bartholomew which is worth seeing as well. It is a simple walk on and walk off it as there is not much there today other than the hospital. However the fact that you walk on a bridge that was made in 62 BC is amazing to me! A "nice to see" on your way to something else.
Written November 17, 2012
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