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Tiber Island and its Bridges

By Saba Nowroozi & Celeste Pang

The Tiber River was seen as a key component to bringing life to Rome; the legend of the founding twins of Rome, Romulus and Remus, were rescued from the river by the she-wolf. The location of Tiber Island was key for early people – the Latins and the Etruscans – to meet and trade goods. Over time, a series of bridges were built to connect Tiber Island to both banks of the Tiber River. Of the three bridges, the Pons Fabricius and Pons Cestius still remain and can owe their longevity to ingenious engineering such as the keystone arch, floodgates and stone foundations. A third bridge, the Ponte Rotto (also known as Pons Amelius), connected the Forum Boarium to Trastevere but after years of damage the bridge collapsed in 1598 during a flood.

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