Tiber River and Isola Tiberina - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Panorama taken of the Tiber River in Rome next to a weir beside the Tiber Island. A log, visible in this picture, was caught in the river current and kept bobbing around. There are often little kiosks here selling food and stuff. Just down river is the 'Rotten Bridge'
Tiber River and Isola Tiberina - FURTHER INFORMATION
Tiber River and Isola Tiberina - Rome visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Tiber River and Isola Tiberina' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Roma.
Tiber Island is the only island on the Tiber River as it flows through Rome. It is thought to be the earliest site of human settlement in Rome, as this was the safest place to be. Eventually the strength of projectile weapons grew to threaten the island and the inhabitants moved to the Palatine Hill which is close to the Roman Forum.
The Romans then figured out that during times of plague, isolating the infected helped present disease and the Isola Tiberina became a place to first quarantine the sick and then to heal them. On the island is the San Bartolomeo Church and associated hospital which were centres of healing in past times.
Two bridges allow access to Isola Tiberina. Ponte Cestio is a road bridge from the Trastevere side, visible in this picture. The other is the pedestrian Ponte Fabricio, the oldest bridge in Rome dating from 62 BC and sometimes called Ponte dei Quattro Capi due to the 4-faced Janus images found on it. Just downriver from the Isola Tiberina is Ponte Palatino beside which are the remains of Ponte Rotto. The remains of Ponte Rotto, a single arch of the Ponte Aemilius built in 179 BC by Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, are also visible in this image.