"I Muraglioni e i Lungotevere - Embankments on the Banks of the Tiber along the Lungotevere of the Tiberina isle, Rome" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Thursday 28th April 2011
The construction of the river-side and high walls was the first and the most important work of the new Italian state. Before the Middle ages, the greatest part of the city inhabitants was living on the hill parts, but starting from the 5th-6th century the population moved close to the river sides and frequent river floods became a real disaster for the city of Rome. All the projects and ideas to protect Rome from the waters of the Tiber rested on the paper, even though popes tried to do all possible, especially after the terrible Christmas of 1598, which caused 1500 victims. At the side of the embankment wall erected on the bank at the left of Tiberina isle there is the excavation to accommodate the sewer collecting header.
The flood of December 29, 1870 served as an impulse for the Italian government to show to Italian citizens the practical value of the country unification. The project approved was of Raffaele Canevari and construction was begun in 1876 and finished 50 years later in 1926. In the course of the work were destroyed some of the valuable examples of the architecture but since then Rome didn't know the awful surprises of its river anymore.
This feeling of connection has been lost partially because of the Muraglioni, the large embankments that were built in the early 1900s to prevent the Tiber from flooding the city. The Muraglioni seemed like a good idea at the time. Italy had just become a republic, and Rome, its capital, could not continue being a victim of the river's regular watery pranks. The same embankments, however, drastically and incalculably separated the city from its former life support system.
I Muraglioni e i Lungotevere - Embankments on the Banks of the Tiber along the Lungotevere of the Tiberina isle
00186, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Campo Marzio (P.Spagna-P.Popolo-Pincio) (Roma centro)
I Muraglioni e i Lungotevere - Embankments on the Banks of the Tiber along the Lungotevere of the Tiberina isle is Shown By "Map D Zone" As "38"
Subway: Spagna (1.0 km NE)/Flaminio (1.0 km N)/Barberini (1.2 km E)/Lepanto (1.1 km NW), Metro A