The small island on the Tiber is surprisingly built-up – there’s even a small church, San Bartolomeo all’Isola (St Bartholomew on the Island). It was outside this church, in the small piazza, that Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey, Jr. had their first moment of passion – once he’d haggled over the price of a red rose – in Only You.
This is one of the first areas of the city to be inhabited. The island is one of two in the Tiber (the other is much larger and at the mouth of the river at Ostia).
Near the church is a hospital. Replacing a temple, the hospital has cared for the sick of Rome for centuries. Today it has all the elements of a 21st century hospital, including modern X-ray equipment.