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The Isola Tiberina has always been a mysterious place, shrouded in legend, surrounded by the river and linked inseparably to the origins of Rome. The island is heralded by the “Ponte Rotto” (broken bridge), the “Pons Aemilius“, the first stone bridge in Rome, restored several times because of the turbulence of the Tiber, which at that point has won the battle leaving only a few remains.
This remarkable piece of land in the middle of the Tiber was called “Intra duos pontes” (between two bridges) by the Romans; the island was connected to the terra firma by two bridges that were originally wooden. One is the Cestio bridge, built in 46 BC by Lucius Cestius and restored numerous times over the centuries because of the flooding of the river, so that what was a single-span bridge ended up with three arches; it was also called Ponte San Bartolomeo and “ponte ferrato” (bridge strengthened with iron).
The second bridge, Fabricio, preceded by the Caetani Tower, which belonged to the family that had transformed the island into a small fort in the Middle Ages, was also called “Ponte dei Giudei” (bridge of the Jews) because it was near the Ghetto.
The origins of the Isola Tiberina are to be found in the numerous legends surrounding it: it was supposed to have arisen over an ancient ship, whose shape it still maintains, further accentuated by the Romans, who to feed the legend built a stone prow and stern on it, giving it the shape of a warship, with the obelisk in the centre of the island.
According to another legend, the island was said to have arisen on the mud accumulated over the crops of Tarquin the Proud, thrown into the water by the people with a feeling of liberation and protest, after driving the hated Etruscan tyrant out of Rome.
The priests of the god had given the Roman ambassadors a sacred serpent which, as the ship approached the Tiber port, had dived into the water and crawled to the island, hiding in the thick vegetation. Thus the Isola Tiberina was consecrated to the god of medicine and from then on acquired the fame, reinforced by the presence of a spring of health-giving water, that distinguishes it to this day, of a place of healing and hospitals. During the plague of 1656 the entire island was transformed into a lazaretto.
The Temple of Aesculapius, with the ditch full of serpents consecrated to the god, which the priests had the task of feeding, stood where the church of San Bartolomeo stands today, with its baroque façade, but built around the year 1000 by Otto III, who dedicated it to St. Adalberto.

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From April 2003, you can admire the view of Rome from the Tiber, immersed in the heart of the Eternal City, in a single environment, to live an unforgettable experience taking the boats that across our city river. A tourist product, sponsored by the Municipality of Rome, which can be considered an important news of international tourism in Rome. The boats do the following itineraries:

  • Hop-on Hop-off Cruise – Ticket 15,00 Euro/person
  • Dinner cruise – Ticket 58,00 Euro/person
  • Wine Bar cruise – Ticket 39,00 Euro/person

The starting point of boarding  along the Tiber are: Ponte Nenni, Ponte Sant’Angelo and Isola Tiberina. The boats are:

Rea Silvia
Scope passengers: 66 (types of proceedings: armchairs), Broken down depending on the type of product: 66 seats for cruises commented From 45 to 66 seats for dinner (in tables 4 / 5 or 6 people)
• Services: toilets, bar, plant for voice and music piped sound

Agrippina Maggiore:
Scope passengers: 50 (types of proceedings: armchairs and chairs) Broken down depending on the type of product: 35 seats for cruises commented diurnal 50 seats up for dinner (tables 2 or 4 people)
• Services: toilets, bar, plant voice and music.
Calpurnia
Passenger Flow: 170/180 (types of proceedings: benches) 75 seats covered in the hall (4 for 16 central tables and benches people perimeter boat without tables 50 upper deck seats discovered (with tables) 45 posts discovered bow / stern perimeter lower deck
• Services: toilet, point refreshment bar with voice and music facility, access for disabled

Cornelia
• Scope passengers: 120 (types of sessions: chairs oriented back / front)
• Services: planting voice


Livia Drusilla

• Services: Voice and music facility, access for disabled

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For the foot sore, there’s another way to experience Rome’s romantic beauty by letting yourself glide on the waters of the Tiber with your other half. Starting from Ponte Duca d’Aosta and ending on Isola Tiberina and back, you will see some of the city’s jewels, such as Saint Peter’s or the Gianicolo, from an unusual standpoint, while in the middle of the river Tiber, framed by white marble banks and tall lime trees. And for the helplessly romantic, night cruises are also available during the summer, some of which include dinner on board. For more information visit the website www.battellidiroma.it

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