Tevere - Tiber River & Bridges, Rome
Rome was built where there was an easy ford in the Tiber River. This is the case with many cities. But a problem was that it flooded the city every winter up until 1870 when work began on the massive Lungotevere embankments that run along both sides of the river confining it. You can see the walls in the photo. I enjoyed looking at gulls and ducks along the river.
The Tiber river rises in the Apennines of Tuscany and Emilia Romagna and crosses, after a route of more than 400 Km, Tuscany, Umbria, the hills of Rome to finally flows into the Tyrrhenian sea. The Romans called it Tiberis and it is part of the history of the first settlements in the area of the Ancient Ostia. During the imperial era the river had a fundamental role for the trade which had as a core Ostia's harbour. Inexhaustible source of resources for Rome, the Tiber has been, at times, also a problem for the floods that affected the city over the centuries, the last of which happened in 1870.
Sometimes there's nothing better that take a walk. If you are in Rome you have the chance to have a wonderful and romantic walk by the "blonde" river Tevere. It's gonna be a long walk, but the ancient city was built all around the river so you will be able to see many fantastic places.
My advice is to start walking from the closest bridge to Piazza del Popolo and go southward to finish walking just after the Island's bridges.
Enjoy Rome before sunrise. Being the early riser I am, I would get up every morning before sunrise and take hour long walks throughout Rome. This is a picture I took on one of my early morning walks along the Tiber River.
I would usually start out by 5:00 am and walk until the sun was up. I enjoyed the peace and quiet of the city. This is the time at which Rome sleeps.
Is Rome safe for a woman alone in the dark? I did this every morning on my own and each morning walked to different parts of Rome - Campo Dei Fiori, Piazza Navone, Tridente, Via Veneto, Colosseo, Trastevere, and Vaticano. I never saw anything amiss, and I felt just as safe as I do at home in San Francisco (very safe). The key is to look like a tough - like you'll belt anyone who threatens you, and you'll do fine.
A stroll down the Tiber River, which is the 2nd longest River in Italy, makes for a pleasant time. It seem that St. Peters is always in view and there are some great bridges such as the Ponte San Angelo along the way.
Rome lies on the Tiber River, which is the 2nd longest River in Italy.
It winds its way through the city and makes a nice setting for a break from the site seeing, not to mention a great place ot take some photos!
We had a stroll along the river and enjoyed the views of St Peters in the distance - which is shown in this photo, with Ponte S.Angelo also in shot.
Just as a interesting fact, in Polish language this is Tybr.
So, you can walk near the river and it is one of the nicest walks you can go on in Rome.
Going along the Tiber you can reach the Castle of Sain Angel for example.
We didn't see much of the River Tiber, but did like the little we saw, and wish we had left more time to take a walk along the banks.
The 2 occasions we did get a good view of it were from the top of St Peters dome, where you can see it winding in and out of the buidlings, and on the Sunday, the day we crossed it on our way to Castle San Angelo.
The Tiber is a nice wide river, and looks as though you could have a nice relaxing walk along the banks.
Although we only really saw it twice, we did get 2 excellent views, one of which you can see in the photo of St Peters dome in the background.
The river Tiber flows through Rome. In the middle of this river is a small island, not very originaly named tiber-island (Isola Tiberina). we walked onto the island which mainly consists of a hospital. But we liked the nearby arch of an old bridge better. It is called Ponte Rotto.
In 179 BC the Pons Aemilius (today's Ponte Rotto) was built with stone foundations. In 142 BC stone arches were added, making it the first all-stone brige over the Tiber. It was destroyed and rebuilt several times. Untill it was destroyed by a great flood on Christmas Night of the year 1598. Since then it is an abandonned ruin.
Walking by the Tiber river, you realize there are a lot of bridges, many of them not very old (only some hundred years). But there's still one piece of an original roman bridge, pretty carved and reasonably standing still.
This picture was taken from the Bridge of Angels near Castel Sant'Angelo. I think it's one of the best pictures I've ever taken. You can see the Vatican from here...and obviously the Tiber River. I've heard the Tiber River is probaby the dirtiest water because it was used to dump the dead animal carcuses after the gladiators killed them.
Walking along the Tiber is a must. I was lucky because the evening I came from the Castel S. Angelo was perfect: the atmosphere was great!
What the Thames is to London, the Seine to Paris, the Amstel to Amsterdam is the Tiber to Rome!
All these rivers have a great many bridges for those who want to go or need to go to the other side.
Before all these (often pompous) bridges there were ferrymen!
This is one of the most beatiful bridges over the Tiber which leads to the 'Engelenburcht'.
The sun was already quite low but I thought it would give a nice atmosphere.
Try to take a romantic walk over the bridges of the Tiber at Sunset. Photo below is what you may see.
We were told that this old bridge is the oldest one still standing in Rome and it leads to the hospital which is situated on an island in the river