|Medieval Rome in a river setting
Medieval Rome extends across the banks of the Tiber River . While her remnants are not omnipresent to the untrained eye, our expert guides will lead you through her 1000+ year old heritage nestled amid classical, Baroque and Renaissance structures.
Our Tour: Our tour begins in one of Rome’s most attractive residential area’s known as Trastevere (“Across the Tiber”). Its still visible Medieval towers are curiously integrated into later and earlier constructions.
This upscale neighborhood boasts several famous churches from the Middle Ages, such as San Bartolomeo all’Isola, Basilica di Santa Cecilia and Rome’s crown jewel of sacred Medieval architecture, Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere, with its golden mosaics and stunning iconic art.
Our tour goes into the heart of Trastevere, to Piazza Santa Maria Trastevere. This square still acts as a major hub for young people to meet and socialize at its sun-bathed cafés. Here, too, artists exhibit their colorful works in front of the square’s decorative fountain as florists haggle roses and bright colored daisies to young couples.
We will lead you a mere one hundred meters away for the square to the ancient river island of Isola Tiberina, and its footbridge, Ponte Fabricio, linking pedestrians to downtown Rome. Medieval and modern man alike have taken advantage of this city link to conduct business across town. This same bridge also leads you directly in Rome’s Jewish quarter.
Further down the river…
Further south down the Tiber banks we will arrive at the Roman Temples of the Vestal Virgins and Fortune. Just across from this monuments is the 6th century church of Sta. Maria in Cosmedin, where tourists stop to place their hands in the Bocca della Verita (“Mouth of Truth”), a long time tradition for visitors coming to Rome.
Our riverside tour will not be complete without a stop by Castel Sant’Angelo, a refuge to Rome’s popes in times of war, as well as Hadrian’s Mausoleum , Ponte Sant’Angelo (lined with marble angels chiseled by the great sculptor, Bernini) and the Augustus’ Ara Pacis, the altar of peace constructed by Rome’s first emperor.