Tiber River Sightseeing Cruises
Battelli di Roma Boats on the Tevere
The (Tevere in italian) is Rome's answer to the Thames, the Seine, or the Hudson--or maybe those rivers are the answer to the Tiber, which was already an important commercial waterway more than 2,000 years ago, during the Roman Republic and the early years of the Roman Empire.
In its heyday, the Tiber (Italy's third-longest river) was navigable for a distance of 100 km or 60 miles from the Tyrrhenian Sea and the port of Ostia.
Over the centuries, the shallow river became clogged with silt, and port activities moved to the seacoast.
The Tiber nevertheless remains deep enough in Rome (a 3.5 to 5.5 meters, or 12 to 18 feet) to accommodate sightseeing boats--most notably the fleet of Battelli di Roma, which offers cruises on the river year-round.
The last time we checked, Battelli di Roma offered three basic itineraries:
In addition, Battelli di Roma sometimes runs cruises to the ruins at Ostia Antica (2½ hours away by boat), as does Gite sul Tevere.
For up-to-date information in English and an e-mail contact address, visit www.battellidiroma.com.
To view photos of the company's tour boats, go to page 2 of this article.
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