The city, in the eternal city.

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Near Ponte Sant’Angelo. Vast amounts of rubbish are thrown into the river every days

Rome owes its development and growth to the Tiber. The river was important in connecting the city to the sea, but over the centuries continual flooding created health and transport problems, which were only resolved at the end of the 19th century by the construction of long walls along the river. However, this isolated the river from the city. Today this can be seen by the state of neglect of the river banks, even though they are designated as cycle lanes. Or by the garbage which has turned the river banks into an open waste tip. Or by the empty medicine packets left by drug addicts. However, all of this a sign of live. Along the Tiber’s banks there are different types of lives. Here, even in the center of the capital, there exists an ecosystem that doesn’t suffer from chaos, traffic, noise, shopping malls or the crowds of tourists. it is a hiding place. You are alone with the river and its inhabitants who share their world with whoever comes down to take a break from the stressful life above. Here you can meet artist, fishermen, cyclists, passers-by and the drop-outs who have made the Tiber their home.

 

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