About the IslandTiber River is the third longest river in Italy. The island you see has an elongated shape, 270 meters long and 67 meters wide.
The island is also known as the "island between the two bridges," because both sides were connected to either bank of the river by bridges - the Four-Head Bridge and the Cestius Bridge.
Each year, during the summer months, the "Isola del Cinema " festival is held here. It features classic and modern Italian films alongside international films. They are screened at the festival on large screens, across the island, under the sky.
History of Tiber IslandIn 291 BCE a temple for the god of medicine Asclepius was built on the island of Tiber. The entire area became sacred and the sick and crippled would arrive to be healed.
The medical tradition of the place continues to this day. Among other things, you can find a Jewish hospital on the island. This hospital was established in 1881, because it was near the Jewish ghetto of Rome at the time. The food in it was kosher and had no Christian features.
Legend of the Island Created During the RevolutionIf you are interested in a more exciting story about the creation of the island, Roman legend has it that that when the raging crowds brought to the downfall of Lucius Tarquinius Superbus, the seventh and last king of Rome, they threw his body into the river. It is then told that the dirt that accumulated around the body which sank to the bottom of the river became an island.