What To Expect
The Tiber Island is one of the two islands in the Tiber river, which runs through Rome. Located in the southern bend of the Tiber, the island is boat-shaped, approximately 270 m long and 67 m wide, and has been connected with bridges to both sides of the river since antiquity.
Being a seat of the ancient temple of Asclepius and later a hospital, the island is associated with medicine and healing. The island has been linked to the rest of Rome by two bridges since antiquity, and was once called Insula Inter-Duos-Pontes which means "the island between the two bridges."
From the island, you will reach an ancient church that hides the remains of three ancient temples, namely, the temple of Spes (Hope), Juno Sospita (Junio the Savior) and Janus. It was once thought that these cells could have been the prison of St. Peter (hence the name "carcere" which means prison).
From the crypt under the altar, you will descend to the underground level and arrive in the spaces - at the time open to the sky - between the three temples. You are on the beaten path of the Romans, who for centuries passed this way on their daily comings and goings to the vegetable and cattle market a few steps away. The foundations and the massive load-bearing structures of the temples survived the collapse and devastation of the centuries, wars and destruction.
During the reconstruction, around the 9th century AD, the strong arms of the temples where reused to anchor a church. On the inside of the church, among the many historical details, one of the columns preserves an interesting engraving from the 8th century AD, while the bell in the medieval tower is still the original one from the end of the 13th century AD.
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Until 31 October 2016, children aged 10 and below will be free of charge. Starting 01 November 2016, children 2 years old and below will be free of charge. Child rates will be for children 3 - 12 years old.
Tour will be operated as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 10 guests.
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