Tevere - Tiber River & Bridges, Rome
One of the nicest parts of the Tevere-Tiber is for me the part of the river between the Umberto I bridge and the Vittorio Emanuele II bridge. This is the part facing eastwards the Palace of Justice and westwards the bridge leading to the Piazza San Pietro with in the middle the Castel S. Angelo.
Best views are from the river bank called Lungotevere Tor di Nona facing the castle. Around 1400 stood in this area a medieval tower called Torre dell'Annona belonging to the Orsini and used as a pontifical prison.
When a new prison was built Tor di Nona was rebuilt in 1667 as a theatre called Teatro Apollo which the largest lyric theater of Rome. When the embankments (lungoteveri) of the Tiber were built in 1888 the theater disapeared but the name remained.
This part of the river is furthermore enhanced with the most elegant bridge of Rome: Ponte Sant'Angelo. No visitor should miss a walk on this riverbank.
Waves in the form of music splash about the "Beach of Roma" (aka the banks of the Tevere). The Tevere's floating stage resounds with a constant flow of entertainment throughout the summer 2006.
Puccini's TOSCA - presented on the floating Tevere stage - all this and with the lights of Castel Sant Angelo in the background. An exhilarating sight to behold and the ultimate romantic evening in Roma - a dinner cruise of the Tevere capped by music under the stars! (OK, maybe stars are seldome seen over Rome)
More photos to come as we attend events.
Tickets range from 5 Euro to 25 Euro depending on the performance - purchase ticket at sidewalk ticket booth.
You can enjoy a different night dining at the River Cafe aboard the Agrippina Maggiore, the Queen of Battelli di Roma's fleet. The traditional Italian cuisine, the elegant and cordial atmosphere and the background music are all the ingredients for a lovely evening as you view the lights of Roma floating by.
The tour lasts 2 hours and 15 minutes. Service operates on Thurs, Fri, Sat except for weather conditions that prevent a cruise and departs between 9 p.m. from Castel Sant Angelo. The boat is available on request for exclusive events even during other days of the week.
53 Euro per person excluding beverages - many options available on different tours.
Disabled people can access the service.
No matter where you are in the centre of Rome, you're never far from some other point of interest. Whichever way you turn as you leave the place you've just been visiting, having lunch in, whatever, is bound to lead you somewhere interesting. Standing in front of the Synagogue after our tour of the ghetto, we had to decide - left, right or straight ahead (behind would have taken us back into the ghetto).
Pretty much straight in front of us, the Ponte Fabricio (the oldest bridge in Rome, dating back to 62BC and still in everyday use) led across to the Isola Tiberia, the tiny island in the middle of the river - but that was where we were meeting a friend the next day, so not that way.
Right, up river, leads around a big bend in the river towards Castel Sant' Angelo; turning left takes you towards the Ponte Palatino and the Forum Boarium which once had a port on the river. Either way, the walk is lovely. The river banks are lined with sycamores and there are paths both at street level or down at river level.
We turned left and strolled along the Lungotavere de Pierleoni until we reached the Ponte Palatino. From this bridge you can see the last remaining pier of Rome's first stone-built bridge, the Ponte Rotto. It dates back to 181BC and was in use until the late 16th century, when storm damage left it in ruins. Ponte Rotto means Broken Bridge.
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.
So, don't fight that Ostia traffic - come right here to the banks of the Tiber............
Sand, lounge chairs, umbrellas, 2 swimming pools, cafe, bar - and great view of passing boats -- Castel Sant Angelo in the background!
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.
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.
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.
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.
We only spent one evening near the Tiber River and only walked across 1 bridge, the Ponte Fabricio/Ponte Cestio bridge, which spans the Tiber River in 2 segments and connects to the Isola Tiberina (Island in the Tiber). I guess if you are going to walk across 1 bridge in Rome, this is the one to walk across.
We were in Rome shortly after a period of intense rain and flooding. The Tiber had returned to normal levels, but it was obvious how high it had flowed just a couple weeks before. Unfortunately, it looks like the Tiber is somewhat forgotten as it had quite a bit of litter (mostly plastic bags and bottles) in and around it. The River has largely also been walled in to prevent flooding, but it also prevents people from reaching it. There appeared to be a bike path running along the River that I would like to walk along on my next visit to Roma.
I saw on the television on New Year's Day that a couple wild and crazy locals dive off of one of the Tiber's bridges into the chilly and dirty waters below. Brave souls.
The River Tiber, or Tevere in Italian, is the 3rd longest river in Italy. Legend says Rome's founders, the twin brothers Romulus and Remus, were abandoned on its waters, where they were rescued by the she-wolf.
We walked along the river all the way from Vatican city to Isola Tiberina, and on the walls between the river and the much higher road were lots of graffiti-like murals; variations on the theme of the famous Etruscan bronze statue of the she-wolf (Romulus and Remus were added to the sculpture later, and none of the murals show them).
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.
Our first morning was sunny and beautiful - December, so not warm. We walked from the Colosseum to St Peters, taking back streets and along the river as much as possible.
Just great, and the perfect way to prepare for pizza and beer at lunchtime!
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.