Tiber Island Tours

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The Tiber River has run through Italy's capital city since ancient Roman times, and Tiber Island has a history that’s just as long. Once the site of the ancient temple of Aesculapius, the Greek god of medicine, the island is where Romans have sought healing for centuries.

The Basics
Tiber Island is situated in the Tiber River in Rome, just south of the Centro Storico between the former Jewish ghetto on the east bank and Trastevere on the west bank. There are two historic pedestrian bridges that connect the island to the river banks: Ponte Cestio and Ponte Fabricio, one of the oldest bridges in the city. The island, which has had a strong connection with medicine since antiquity, is where ailing Romans were often sent for treatment or quarantine. Today, one of Rome's main hospitals is still located here, as is the historic Church of San Bartolomeo all'Isola. 

Tiber Island is often included in Rome walking or Segway tours that cover the Jewish ghetto or Trastevere. You can also explore the island during a hop-on-hop-off river cruise, a bus tour of Rome highlights (including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican), or a private tour that’s paired with the Basilica of St. Nicholas, whose underground excavations have uncovered ancient Roman temples dating back to the 5th century BC.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Guided tours of Tiber Island include a fair amount of walking, so wear comfortable shoes and a sun hat. 
  • The island, which measures only 885 feet by 220 feet (about 4.5 acres), is easy to explore as part of a small-group tour that also covers Trastevere or the Jewish ghetto.
  • Trastevere and the Jewish ghetto are both known for their culinary scenes, so a food tour that includes a stroll through Tiber Island is a fun, family-friendly way to explore the area at large.

How to Get There
Tiber Island, located in the Tiber River, is accessible by pedestrian bridge either from Trastevere or the Jewish ghetto.

When to Get There
As part of the Estate Romana, a series of outdoor summer events (including concerts and open-air markets) held along the Tiber River, the island hosts a film festival in the warmer months (June to September).

The Origin Story of Tiber Island
According to folklore, when the much-maligned tyrant Lucius Tarquinius Superbus died in 510 BC, his body was tossed into the Tiber River; silt built up over his corpse and eventually formed the mass that’s now Tiber Island.
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Private Like a Local Tour in Rome

Take a private 3-hour walking tour away from the crowds in Rome to get a different perspective on the bustling capital of Italy. Fall in love with all that the city has to offer, beyond the famous sites like the Colosseum and the Pantheon, and get tips on great spots from your guide.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Best of Rome Bike Tour

Experience Rome from a unique perspective on a four-hour bike tour.  Get situated on your provided bike, then follow your guide through secret streets to discover the city's major and minor attractions. Traveling by bike allows you to avoid heavy traffic and see a side of the Italian capital that most tourists miss out on. Pause for photos at the Circus Maximus, Monti district, Navona Square, and much more.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto Private Guided Walking Tour with Artichokes

Immerse yourself in the culture and atmosphere of Rome's Trastevere neighborhood on this guided walking tour. Learn about the local Roman folklore through insightful commentary while you walk down charming alleyways and explore the Jewish Ghetto area. Make a stop to taste the regional speciality, Roman-Jewish fried artichokes, and learn about their origins.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Small-Group: Trastevere Food Tour in Rome

Experience the sights, scents and delicious cuisine of Rome's Trastevere multi-sensory walking tour of this lively and popular neighborhood. Marvel at the medieval architecture as you duck into favorite local establishments and historic family-run eateries, tasting your way as you go. En route you'll hear first-hand from the families and other residents working to preserve passed-down recipes and culinary traditions, and sample real Roman dishes. Expect to walk away with a better understanding of ways food and culture are so wonderfully intertwined—as well as a satisfied appetite.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Small group: Jewish Ghetto, Tiber Island & Trastevere Tour

Large group tours can feel impersonal and rushed. Enjoy a richer experience of Rome’s historic sites on this small-group tour that is limited to eight people. Follow your guide through Rome’s cobblestoned streets to visit the Jewish Ghetto, Tiber Island, and Trastevere. As you explore each site, your guide provides illuminating historical background to each.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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The Heart of Ancient Rome and Ghetto Walking Tour

Discover two of Rome’s oldest and best-preserved historic neighborhoods on a 3-hour morning walking tour of the Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto districts. Hear tales of local history from a guide as you pass by highlights like the Byzantine Church of Santa Maria in Trastevere, Tiber Island, Portico d'Ottavia temple and Bernini’s Turtle Fountain. Finish at a traditional open-air market, where you’ll enjoy a slice of true Roman life with take-away pizza.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Discover Rome 3-Hour Bike Tour

With so much to see in Rome, a bike tour is an ideal way to cover lots of ground while saving your feet from fatigue. On this 3-hour, 2-wheeled tour, hop onto a quality bike and follow your local guide through the city’s most charming piazzas and interesting neighborhoods. Starting near the Colosseum, follow a route that takes you past ancient monuments like the Imperial Forum and along the river Tiber while your guide shares legends from the city’s rich history.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Rome Trastevere Segway Tour and Pizza Tasting

Explore the Travestere neighborhood in Rome on a 3.5-hour Segway tour with a knowledgeable guide. Begin with a lesson on operating the Segway, then set off with your guide into the dense tangle of small streets in Travestere. See landmarks including Villa Farnesina, Palazzo Corsini, Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere, Fontana dell'Acqua Paola fountain, and Teatro di Marcello, and soak in sweeping views of St Peter's Basilica and the Vatican gardens from the top of Gianicolo Hill. You’ll also stop for tastings at one of the best traditional pizzerias in Rome.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Rome Hop-On Hop-Off River Cruise and Optional Bus Tour

See the highlights of Rome from the water with a hop-on hop-off cruise on the Tiber River. This cruise lets you see some of the major attractions in Rome, including the Colosseum and Vatican City, with educational commentary along the way. Enjoy wonderful views of the city from the boat, and get on and off as you like. Upgrade your experience to include a hop-on hop-off bus tour for even greater access to explore The Eternal City. Your ticket is good for a full 24 hours, giving you time to see the main sights of this unforgettable city at your leisure.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Rome Tiber River Cruise with Aperitivo

Cruise down Rome’s Tiber River with a glass of wine and nibbles in hand, and enjoy an evening sightseeing experience with a difference. The perfect way to combine aperitivo time with views of Rome from the water, the 1.5-hour cruise takes in sights of beautiful age-old bridges, St Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican and more.
  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
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  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
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Rome Jewish District Small Group Walking Tour

Rome might be most famous for its ancient ruins, but the Italian capital also has a rich Jewish heritage. On this 2-hour walking tour, see the remains of the former Jewish ‘ghetto’ and learn about its transformation into one of the city’s liveliest neighborhoods; visit the Great Synagogue, the Porch of Octavia, and Tiberina Island; and sample traditional Jewish pastries.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Rome Tour with Kids: Interactive Ancient Rome Tour

Visiting Rome with kids? Bring the whole family on this fun and interactive 3-hour tour designed by educators for families traveling with little ones ages 6-12. Kick things off with a 45-minute sightseeing tour by coach, and then beat the crowds with priority access to the popular Colosseum and Roman Forum. Kids get a booklet with games, puzzles and a treasure hunt to keep them engaged while learning about life and legends in the ancient Roman Empire. It’s a great introduction to the Eternal City that both kids and parents will love!
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Rome Trastevere Tour by Segway

Roll through a charming labyrinth of narrow streets and antique piazzas on a 3-hour Segway tour of Rome’s Trastevere neighborhood. Discover the layers of history that have shaped this well-preserved pocket and see its most captivating monuments such as Palazzo Corsini, Teatro Marcello, the l'Acqua Paola fountain and the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, one of Rome’s oldest churches. Travel much longer distances than you would on a walking tour, and easily scale a hill leading up to the Gianicolo lookout for panoramic Vatican views.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Rome One Day Bike Tour: City Center and Panoramic Views

Strap on a helmet, climb in the saddle and get ready to see the best of Rome by bike! This full-day tour lets you enjoy the freedom and flexibility of cycling through the heart of the city, covering much more distance than walking while getting a great workout. Listen as your knowledgeable guide shares the legends of passing ancient and Baroque attractions like the Colosseum, Villa Borghese, St Peter’s Square, Tiber Island and more. Along the way, climb some of Rome’s famous hills for panoramic views of the Eternal City.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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The Heart of Rome and its Treasures: Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Discover the secrets of Rome’s ancient treasures on this insightful full-day tour. Stroll through the city’s old Jewish ghetto and the Trastevere neighborhood while your guide illuminates the history of landmarks like the Portico d’Ottavia and Piazza Trilussa. Enjoy a traditional lunch of stuffed pizza in the open-air market of Piazza Giordano Bruno, and spend the afternoon exploring Rome’s most iconic monuments including the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. Tour size is limited for a more personalized small-group experience.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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River Cruise Hop on Hop off 24h

Experience a cruise along the Tiber River at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off ticket.  Valid for 24 hours, you can knock out the tour in an hour and half or spread it out over two days. Whatever works for your schedule. During the ride you’ll listen to an audio guide through a personal headset, which allows you to move around and take photos, while still learning about Rome.
  • Duration: 1 hour 25 minutes
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Ride & Sail - Bus and Boat 24h hop on hop off

Experience the best of Rome your way with a 24-hour bus and boat ticket.  The Hop-on Hop-off Bus will take you through the city’s highlights. You can enjoy the sights from the comfort of the bus or hop off at any time to explore by foot.  Similarly, the boat takes you to Rome’s five major piers where you can enjoy the journey or alight to attractions such as the Piazza Venezia.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Vintage Vespa Tour of Rome with driver in half day

The Vespa motorbike is a post-war icon famous across the world as a symbol of Italian style and design, and remains popular throughout Italy and beyond. On this morning or afternoon Rome tour, spin off the tourist trail by vintage Vespa with your guide at the controls, and explore the backstreets of Rome in style. Cover the ground with ease, and learn about traditional Italian crafts during stops at two local artisan workshops.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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The Heart of Ancient Rome and Ghetto, private walking tour

Jewish people have been making a home in Rome since the 2nd century, but the city’s Jewish history is sometimes overshadowed by more famous landmarks. During this tour, delve into the 16th-century Trastevere neighborhood with your private guide and explore the world's oldest Jewish ghetto. Discover top Trastevere attractions including the Porticus Octaviae and Tiber Island, and learn of the power struggles between the Vatican and the Jewish settlers.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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6-Day Relax Italy Tour of Rome and Venice

Enjoy 6 days of the best of Italy, from Venice to Rome. This independent tour starts with a Gondola ride and will end with a visit to the Vatican Museum or vice versa . A beautiful train ride will connect you between Venice and Rome in only a few hours. Relax Tour because you have also one day free in Rome to enjoy on your own or to add some more sightseeing. The Tour can start from Venice or Rome.
  • Duration: 6 days
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