"Tiber Island" Isola Tiberina Tip by illumina
Isola Tiberina, Rome: 26 reviews and 43 photos
The Isola Tiberina (or Insula Tiberina in Latin) is a boat-shaped island in the southern bend of the Tiber. The island is well-known for being the site of an ancient temple to Aesculapius, the Greek god of medicine and healing. This was built during a great plague in Rome, at the instructions of the Sibyl. Although little of the Aesculapius temple remains, the island can still be considered a place of healing, as a modern-day hospital can be seen on the western end of the island (we could see the ambulances as we walked past on the bank).
Some ancient buildings can still be seen, like the Caetani tower dating to the Middle Ages, and the church of San Bartolomeo that was built on the site of the temple of Esculapius. Unfortunately nothing is left of the 10th century church as it was almost entirely rebuilt in the 17th century.
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