Isola Tiberina • The Legend of Rome’s Island
The Tiber only has one island in the urban section of its course: it’s a small accumulation of alluvional sediments, and despite being far smaller than the similar one on the river Seine in Paris, it’s still packed with story, legends, mysteries and interesting aspects. This first post is about its legendary origin.
This event, dating back to the year 510 B.C. is clearly legendary, but it’s mostly probable that, in the last year of the Roman Monarchy (the Roman Republic was founded the following year, 509 B.C.) many actions of this kind took place in Rome as sign of rebellion against the King, who symbolized the domination of a foreign population and culture: the Etruscan one, more ancient and with extremely interesting and mysterious aspects, which filled the center of the Italian peninsula with beautiful tombs, marvelous golden artifacts, and refined structures such as temples, aqueducts and sewers.