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The Tiberina Island seen from Tiber river.
The Isola Tiberina rises in the middle of the River Tiber, along the creek that divides Trastevere from the area of the Piazza Navona. According to the legend, it was born from the accumulation of mud over the crops that the Romans threw into the river after they had driven Tarquin the Proud, the last king of Rome, out of the Urbe.
In the ancient times, this place was called with different toponyms. The most ancient one was "Isola Lycaonia", for the probable presence of an anthropomorphous statue, representing the homonymous Southwest Asia region, on the Ponte Cestio. It was also called "Isola di San Bartolomeo" and "Isola dei due Ponti", in the vulgar tongue, for the presence of the basilica of San Bartolomeo and of the Ponte Cestio and the Ponte Fabricio, respectively.
With the expansion of Rome, the various wooden structures of the Isola Tiberina, such as the arcades of the two bridges, were substituted by marble and masonry and the whole structure became a place dedicated to medicine. It is still today, as it can be inferred from the presence of the Fatebenefratelli hospital.

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