Tiber River with St. Peters in Rome - Sunset

Tiber River with St. Peters in Rome - Sunset

The Tiber River originating in  the Apennine Mountains and ending at the Tyrrhenian Sea at Ostia.  

406 Kilometers (252.2 miles) long the Tiber is the third longest river in Italy. The Tiber river is famous for it passes through the city of Rome and to the foot of Vatican City.The Tiber river in Rome is sometimes called "flavus" - which means blond because of the river's yellowish color.

The Tiber River in History

According to legend, Rome was founded by Remus and Romulus in the year 753 BC after they were rescued by a wolf who pulled them out of the Tiber river. 

Since Roman times, the Tiber served as a border between Italian city-states (such as the Latins in the south). As such, the Tiber river played a central role in trade, commerce and diplomatic relation between Rome and the other city-states. Rich Romans had gardens on the banks of the Tiber. As the Roman Emoire grew, the Tiber became more famous and central in Western folklore and the history of Rome.

In the 17th and 18th centuries, several popes invested in the widening and deepening of the the Tiber in order to increase trade to Rome. 

in 1876 the walls which confine the Tiber river were built in order to decrease the risks of floods (which the river often did). 

The Tiber river has been so central in Roman history and the Catholic faith, the the term "Swimming in the Tiber" became to describe the conversion of someone to Roman Catholicism. 

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