Rome, Italy

St. Bartolomeo all'Isola, Rome, Italy

The Tiber Island is one of those little hidden corners of Rome where most tourists never reach. The Island is very small and has always been associated with the healing of the sick. Even today there is a hospital here.

The Church of St. Bartholomew on the Island stands on the site of the Temple of Aesculaoius and was built largely in the 10th Century. A Baroque front was added to the Church, but the Romanesque bell tower is still clearly visible, particularly from the Ponte Palatino and the Tiber banks near the Synagogue.

You cross the oldest functional bridge in Rome, the Ponte Fabricio, which dates from 62 BC if you approach the Island from in front of the Synagogue. It's worth a quick detour on your way from seeing the Bocca della Verità in Santa Maria in Cosmedin to the lanes and alleys of Trastevere across the River.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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