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Often those who, visiting Rome, look down from the Tiber walls down those waters, so to speak, "lived", do not even imagine how much the Romans swam there, and dived into them, from the second half of the nineteenth century to the early 70s of the twentieth century.

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A swim in the incredible setting of Castel Sant'Angelo, a few meters from Ponte degli Angeli: we are in the 1950s, and the three bathers are Aroldo Tieri, Lino Ventura and Giovanna Ralli during a break from making a film.

The possibility of these city bathing days was provided by the characteristic barges, moored along the city course of the river, the most popular of which was, without a doubt, that of the "Ciriola", which was moored for decades under Castel Sant'Angelo.

The barges on the Tiber, often ancient papal corvettes transformed into real bathing establishments.
The mythical "Ciriola" on the door of his boat-factory, which was often used as a set of legendary Italian cinema films, the most famous among which was "Poveri ma Belli"

“Er Ciriola”, aka Luigi Rodolfo Benedetti, was the owner of an electrician's shop, and he alternated this activity with that of a river with his mythical float on the Tiber.

It was called "ciriola", a Roman word for "eel", because, just like an eel, it swam casually in the rough waters of the river, and not just for its own pleasure: it received 160 medals for the 160 lives it had snatched from the Tiber, diving with cold blood and great swimming skills to save generations and generations of daredevils and would-be suicides.

Since the second half of the nineteenth century, there are simply fantastic photographic evidence of this bathing use of the Tiber.
Here are just a few ...

Scalo del Pinedo, late nineteenth century: a jolly gentleman, complete with hat, gloves and pipe, throws himself "in style", giving a rare example of diving with class.
Scalo del Pinedo, still in the nineteenth century: who will arrive first in the water? The diver or the cyclist?
Also in the nineteenth century, the fashion of "diving with style" takes hold ...
Renato Salvatori and Marisa Allasio dal Ciriola during the filming of "Poveri ma Belli"
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1950s: "angels of the Tiber" take flight ...
The Tiber: a river lived intensely by tens of generations of Romans
1910s: bathrooms of crowds of boys in the Flaminio district

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