Conceptio in Itinere

Tiber promenade

The River that bestowed majesty to Rome
length 3hrs approx  Available: everyday am/pm

on request it can be operated also as a walking tour (without Bus)

Our visit starts from the Tiberine Island, which was of exceptional importance in the history of the birth and development of Rome. The Island is set on an ancient volcanic rock but its shape actually seem to resemble an island. This did not escape the attention of the Romans who, in the 1st century b.C, emphasized the shape modelling the island's sides with travertine and erecting an obelisk in the centre as a majestic mast. This 'stone ship' was meant to commemorate the healthful ship of Aesculapius, the God of medicine, and his miraculous intervention during a terrible epidemic disease. Today, the Fatebenefratelli Hospital is the building that occupies the island almost entirely, characterising it deeply.

The Island is connected to the mainland by two bridges: Cestio bridge connecting to the right bank and Fabricio bridge on the left. In the past Fabricio bridge was called Ponte dei Giudei (Jews' bridge) because it connects the Island to Ghetto area where Rome's Jews lived.

The term Ghetto is used to indicate the quarter between Monte dei Cenci and the Theatre of Marcellus founded by Pope Paul IV Carafa and abolished only in 1870 with the end of the Church State. It was surrounded by walls in which there were three gates opened in the morning and closing at dusk. Inside the Ghetto inhabitants lived in frightful sanitary conditions. The Ghetto looks over the river's bank Lungotevere Cenci and the monumental building of the Synagogue, today representing the seat of the Israelite Museum of the Jewish community of Rome.

Behind the Synagogue and close to Marcello Theatre runs Portico d'Ottavia street, which owes its name to the ruins of the ancient portico built by Augustus the Emperor for his sister. Inside of it part of the monuments still stand as the Church of Sant'Angelo in Pescheria, so called in memory to the important fish market held there from the Middle Age up to the 19th century. This church was one of the four churches where Jews had to go every Saturday with the obligation of listening to the sermons aiming to convert them. Today the Ghetto is one of the zones of Rome which has kept the aromas and flavours of the old city.
Here is possible to taste the specialities of authentic Roman and Jewish cooking in restaurants like Gigetto al Portico d'Ottavia, or Boccione for cakes, pastries and bread baked in the best Roman-Jewish tradition. (optional lunch/dinner or “pastry stop” at the end of the visit !!)

Continuing on the bank of the Tiber, we come to the Forum Boarium, in ancient times the beef cattle market's site, and the Velabrum, once a stagnant marsh where according to tradition, the basket with Romulus and Remus was found. The Temples of Vesta and Fortuna Virilis are two other famous monuments dominating the same area.Continuing, we reach St. Mary in Cosmedin Church and beneath its portico, to the left, there's the famous Bocca della Verità (The Mouth of Truth) a large stone disk with the face of a faun or of a river God, with its mouth open. According to the legend, the stone was used to judge people's honesty by asking them to put their hand inside the slit.

In the underground of the Church there’s the Circus Maximum's mitreo (a cellar) once utilized as a public building with direct access for the horses to Circus Maximum, and in a second time used as sanctuary. Being one of the most ancient areas, even pre-existing the Rome’s foundation on 753b.C., normally is closed to the public and it needs a ‘special opening’ we can obtain by the Superintendence of Rome.

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Tour includes: transportation with private vehicle, authorized local English speaking guide, entrance fees to Mitreo of Circo Maximum only for GROUPS.

(optional lunch/dinner or 'pastry stop' at the end of the visit, to be quoted separately)

Images: Tiberine Island and a romantic sunset along the Tiber.