The busy Tiber River roughly Splits Rome ij Half and this river has many bridges that criss crosses both areas of Rome of which many of the bridges are more than 1,000 years old and are famous attractions in their own right such as the ponte sant’angelo, ponte cestio, ponte garibaldi, ponte sisto, ponte Rotto, Ponte Cestuis and a lot more. some people also do walking tours of the various bridges that lies along the Tiber River here in Rome.
The Tiber River was the lifeblood of Rome since time immemorial. In fact, legend says that Rome was founded in 725 BC at the Banks of the Tiber River by Romulus and Remus. In the ancient times, the tiber river was the boundary for the Latin Romans and the Etruscans in the west. The Port in Ostia in the Tryrrhenian Sea west of Rome became an important port of Rome and helped this City to become of the greatest empires in the world. The Tiber River has many bridges crossing of It that are famous such as the Milvian Bridge, which cemented Costantine to become the First Christian Roman Emperor. There are several Tiber River Tours offering River tours of the Tiber River to Tourists as well.
We walked along the Tiber River and take in all the sights. The Lungotevere boulevard runs along the river (hence its name, which translates as "along the Tiber"); it took 50 years to build the massive concrete walls that put a stop to the river's recurring floods. Several bridges were also added at the time, and the left bank of the Lungotevere features a nice shaded sidewalk from which you can enjoy really nice views of the Vatican and Trastevere neighborhoods. On the other side of the river, near Castel Sant'Angelo, there are souvenir shops. One you reach the Sant'Angelo historic district, you can walk across the pedestrian Ponte Fabricio, the oldest bridge on the Tiber still in its original state. Built in the 1st century BC, the 62-m-long, 5.5-m-wide bridge leads to Tiber Island. In Ancient Roman times, there was a temple on the island dedicated to the Greek god of medicine healing. In the 16th century a hospital was built on the part of the island; it's operational today.
One thing I really enjoyed doing in Rome was to walk along the Tiber River and take in all the sights. The Lungotevere boulevard runs along the river (hence its name, which translates as "along the Tiber"); it took 50 years (1876 to 1926) to complete the construction of the massive concrete walls that put a stop to the river's recurring floods. Several bridges were also added at the time, and the left bank of the Lungotevere features a nice shaded sidewalk from which you can enjoy really nice views of the Vatican and Trastevere neighborhoods. On the other side of the river, near Castel Sant'Angelo, there are souvenir and book stalls that reminded me of the ones along the Seine in Paris. One you reach the Sant'Angelo historic district, you can walk across the pedestrian Ponte Fabricio, the oldest bridge on the Tiber still in its original state. Built in the 1st century BC, the 62-m-long, 5.5-m-wide bridge leads to Tiber Island. In Ancient Roman times, there was a temple on the island dedicated to the Greek god of medicine healing. In more modern times, a hospital was built on the western part of the island. Dating back to the 16th century, the hospital - now the Jewish Hospital - is still in operation today and occupies the better part of the island. For this reason, there isn't much to do and see on Tiber Island, but I still enjoyed going for a quiet walk around the small island (Tiber Island is only 270 m long and 67 m wide), which was only made the better by the delicious gelato I got at the Antico Caffe dell'Isola!
We came upon the off beaten tracks list and noticed the suggestion on Sat. and Sun. to walk along bridges, palazzas and neighborhoods. Jumped off the bus at Garabaldi bridge, crossed the bridge and entered the Travestere neighborhood. Off the main street it had its own quiet, colored flower pots, laundry swaying on the over street line and restaurants. Found a quiet place to pick up our feet at Ristorante Mama! eat. Calmed my Gluten Free diet as hubby licked his chops on hamburgers. We watched the people go by on the outside as we sat snuggly and noise free in an environment that helped us gain our strength for the next route.
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.
The Tiber (Tevere) is very different from the Thames in London, the Seine in Paris or the Danube in Vienna and Budapest. It seems to have a life of its own, separate from the rhythm of life of the city. There are no ships, hardly any activity on or along the river. Traffic flows on the Lungotevere boulevards along it, but it seems like nobody takes notice of the river flowing underneath.
This was not always the case: The embankments were only built in the 19th century; until then there used to be houses along the river; in previous century the ruver was navigable; the Tiber was used for fishing,bathing and even for drinking water. However, it always had its problems, with sediment and silting requiring regular heroic maintenance, and finally making it unsuitable for navigation. Floods used to occur in the adjoining areas until the high embankments were constructed. They also creaed a separation between the boulevards high above the river and the water far down below.
A walk along the Tiber at dusk or at night can be very Romantic. There are restaurants down by the river, which suddenly ligt up and become noticeable after dark. Some of the older bridges are pedestrian bridges, such as the Ponte Sant'Angelo.
Some of Rome's attractions, such as Catel Sant'Angelo and the Jewish Ghetto and Synagogue, are situated along the Tiber ans can be comnined with a "Tiber walk".
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.
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.
To see a different side of Rome take a stroll along the banks of the Tiber River and take in the different views of the many different bridges of Rome. Not only will it take you away from the crowds, it will also provide many different photo opportunities. This is an excellent way to spend a few hours during any time of the day.
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!
There are several ancient stone bridges going across the Tiber river, and none are the same. Every one has a different shape, different statues, etc and each is a work of art. On the pedestrian bridges you'll likely find vendors selling counterfeit handbags and crap, but the bridges are totally worth checking out.