I knew the Tiber as the river that runs through the city of Rome, but until we traveled along the the valley to the coast, I had no idea of the variety of terrain in its path, or that I would be stunned by its beauty as each new bend in the river came into view.
We find the source of the Tiber in a beech forest on Mount Fumaiolo in the Apennines Range in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy. It flows 405 kilometers (252 miles), mostly south, through the provinces of Umbria and Lazio, flowing through deep gorges and wide valleys until it empties into the Tyrrhenian Sea at Ostia.
Ostia was the site of the seaport of Ancient Rome. The actual harbor city, Ostia Antica, now lies three kilometers inland due to the silting up of the river over the years. This area has only been recently excavated (mid 20th century) and is an amazingly well-preserved example of a first century Roman town.
The river and the ancient town–some things to think about including in a custom tour of Italy.