Rent a bicycle and cycle the Lungotevere — the route starts at the Ponte Milvio and takes you along to Piazzale Maresciallo Giardino (but you don’t have to stop there!)
Lungotevere is Italian for Tiber Waterfront, and this boulevard skirts the length of the Tiber within the city of Rome. On either side of the Tiber there are massive walls called muraglioni which rise far above the normal level of the Tiber. The Lungotevere runs between the river and those walls, offering a lovely spot for an evening stroll.
The story behind the Lungotevere is not a happy one, however. They, along with the muraglioni, were built in the 19th century to dam the overflows of the Tiber which troubled the city. To make room, many artistically and historically precious buildings had to be demolished, among them the Palazzo Altoviti, the Teatro Apollo, Sant-Anna dei Bresciani and several ancient bridges. As such, an ancient and picturesque part of Rome was lost.
Nonetheless, Lungotevere is a popular spot these days. It’s always full of cyclists and meandering walkers, enjoying the sun by the slow flow of the Tiber. You can also find numerous bars and markets along the Lungotevere at various times of year, making it a perfect place to while away a balmy evening.
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