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Isola Tiberina, Rome

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Cross a bridge from 62 BCE to reach Isola Tiberina, a tiny boat-shaped island which sits in the Tiber River as the river passes through Rome. See the old hospital on the island, which has been associated with healing since the building of the 3rd century BCE temple of Aesculapius, the Greek god of medicine and healing. Rest a while on one of the benches on the small island before heading back into the city. Before you head to Rome, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Rome trip builder site , to make sure you see all that Rome has to offer, including Isola Tiberina.
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  • If you're in the Jewish quarter take a small detour to cross the oldest bridge across the Tiber (built in 62BC!) and you'll be on this quiet little island. A two-minute walk and another bridge and you...  more »
  • The island of Tiberina today shows a great deal of people on the bridges. It will be for the two churches of St. Bartholomes and St. John Calibita or, more likely, for the two hospitals, the Fatebenefratelli and the Israelitic. According to an ancient legend, it would have formed from the heave of the grain sheaves that the Romans threw into the river at the time of the Tarquini's ousting from Rome. It is also told of a serpent, consecrated to the Greek god of medicine, Esculapio, who would have slipped on the island from a boat, a sign that it was to become the chosen seat for a temple dedicated to him. And the artificial island had the shape of the characteristic shape that the Romans decided to give it, that of a ship, shaping blocks of travertine and placing, in the center, an obelist as a master mast. Looking at it well, from the top of the wall on the riverfront, the island really resembles a boat in the middle of the Tiber. I discovered that in the gardens of the convent, carefully preserved, there are fragments of the ancient temple and, among them, the vessel with the snake that recalls the miraculous fact. Still, again and again, in this city even the oldest legend survives.
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  • The island Tiberina was formerly a temple to sculapio and as it cannot be otherwise today has a hospital, it is a pleasant visit if you are walking the tiber, strolling along its bridges, on the other side is Trastevere. There is not much else to see on the island so it would not be an unpayable visit.
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  • Loved it. I was surprised that there is a hospital in there? Nice to visit and relax
  • One of the atractions when you are visiting Rome. Specially at night you can appreciate the lights effects.
  • a charming place full a special view
  • One of the best place to chill out in Rome
  • Beautiful. Must go
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