Isola Tiberina
Isola Tiberina
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,630 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
The tiny boast-shaped island in the middle of Rome's Tiber River is known as Isola Tiberina. Two ancient bridges link the island to the old Jewish Quarter on one side, and Trastevere on the other side.
For most people this is just a quick stop en route to Trastevere.
We strolled across the island, having first explored the Jewish Ghetto and continued on to Trastevere. This was a lovely long walk, with lots to see along the way.
Although we didn’t stop for long on Isola Tiberina, we enjoyed the scenic views up and down the river the river from the bridges.
Ponte Fabricius, on the Jewish Ghetto side, is the most picturesque side. The bridge has stood here since 62AD and is Rome’s oldest bridge (that alone was enough reason for me to want to cross it). Two wide arches span the river and leafy green trees overhang the bridge.
The main sight on the island is the the thousand-year-old basilica, San Bartolomeo. What you see here today was mostly rebuilt in the 17th century so the facade is all creamy white Baroque grandeur. It was closed when we were there. Although it is open 7 days and entry is free, it is easy to get caught out by the timing because it closes between 1 - 3:30pm every day.
NOTE: In summer, this is a fun area to be around because white food and drink tents are set up along the banks of the river.
Written February 11, 2023
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The Spanish Steps Apartment
Rome, Italy32,153 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013 • Friends
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, Australia151 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Friends
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 Zealand4,204 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
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
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012
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, AZ496 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • 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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Friends
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
Belfast298 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • 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, CA429 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012 • 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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Lyn P
Perth, Australia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Family
My family and I recently visited Rome and loved every minute of it, especially our night out at Isola Tiberina, it was buzzing with atmosphere, great places to eat & lots of little stall to shop at. This is a must see for anyone visiting Rome.
Written September 5, 2012
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