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Rione XII Ripa

Ripa (in today's Italian riva) means river bank and Rione Ripa includes the area on the left bank of the Tiber from Isola Tiberina to Monte Testaccio. In addition to the river bank it includes the Aventine hill and Testaccio, an artificial mound. It borders to the north on S. Angelo, to the east on Campitelli, to the south on the walls of Rome and to the west on the river. In the XVIIIth century only the very northern part of the rione was populated while the rest of it was split into villas and farms.
For a map of the Roman quarters (Rioni) click here.

Coat of arms
Coat of arms of Rione Ripa

The symbol of Rione Ripa is a steering wheel, a reference to its ancient river harbour.
Rione Ripa has several monuments dating back to ancient Rome, including a most unusual one: Piramide di Caio Cestio. Other well preserved Roman monuments are Ponte Quattro Capi and Tempio di Vesta, while the ruins of Terme di Caracalla still convey a feeling of what a gigantic building they were.
After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, Rione Ripa became the preferred residence of Byzantine monks and merchants, to the point of being known as Ripa Greca: the churches of S. Maria in Cosmedin and S. Sabba Abate belong to that period. S. Sabina and S. Balbina are examples of fortified medieval monasteries.
Bastione del Sangallo, an imposing section of the Roman walls rebuilt in the XVIth century, is the main Renaissance monument of Rione Ripa, while S. Maria del Priorato and Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta give to Rione Ripa a touch of XVIIIth century elegance.

Detail of a Roman mosaic in Caracalla's Baths, detail of the inscription over the portal of Casa di Pilato, coat of arms of John XXIII near S. Saba
Detail of a Roman mosaic in Caracalla's Baths, detail of the medieval inscription over the portal of Casa di Pilato, coat of arms of John XXIII near S. Saba

Rione Ripa
1777 Map of Rione Ripa

Legend of the most readable numbers:
1) S. Bartolomeo all'Isola
2) Spedale di S. Giovanni di Dio
3) S. Gregorio ai Quattro Capi
4) S. Niccolò in Carcere
5) S. Omobono
6) S. Giovanni Decollato
7) Tempio di Portuno o S. Maria del Sole
8) Tempio di Vesta o S. Maria Egiziaca
9) S. Maria in Cosmedin
10) Circo Massimo
11) SS. Nereo e Achilleo

Rione Ripa Chiesa di S. Giovanni di Dio Ponte Quattro Capi Torre Caetani S. Bartolomeo all'Isola Ponte Cestio S. Gregorio ai Quattro Capi S. Niccolò in Carcere S. Omobono S. Galla S. Eligio dei Fabbri S. Giovanni Decollato S. Giorgio al Velabro Arco di Giano Quadrifronte Ponte Rotto Casa di Pilato Tempio di Portuno Tempio di Vesta Cloaca Maxima S. Maria in Cosmedin Circo Massimo Ortaccio degli Ebrei S. Prisca S. Sabba Mura Serviane S. Balbina SS. Nereo e Achilleo Terme di Caracalla Casa del Cardinal Bessarione S. Cesario Bastione del Sangallo Porta S. Paolo Piramide di Caio Cestio Monte Testaccio S. Maria del Priorato S. Sabina S. Alessio Rocca Savella Ponte Sublicio
Main monuments of Rione Ripa

The smaller map shows the major changes which occurred after 1777:
a) red line along the river: in the 1880s huge walls were erected along the Tiber: this effort included a redesign of the river front which required the pulling down of many buildings;
b) red line from the river to Porta S. Paolo (green dots): it marks the enlargement of Via Marmorata which now separates the highly populated quarter of Testaccio from the Aventine;
c) red line from Circo Massimo (red area) to Porta S. Paolo: it marks Viale Aventino a large avenue which in a way splits the Aventine into two hills: the Aventine towards the river and S. Saba towards Caracalla's Baths.

The different colours group the monuments which are shown in the same page (because of the scale of the map a few minor monuments were omitted).

Chiesa di San Bartolomeo all'Isola-
Chiesa di San Gregorio ai Quattro Capi-
Oratorio dei Sacconi RossiDeconsecrated
-Torre Caetani-
-Ponte Quattro Capi-
Chiesa di San Giovanni di Dio-
-Ponte Cestio-
-Ponte Rotto-
-Cloaca Maxima-
Chiesa di San Niccolò in Carcere-
Chiesa di Sant'Omobono-
Chiesa di Santa GallaLost
-Arco di Giano Quadrifronte-
-Arco degli Argentieri-
Chiesa di San Giorgio al Velabro-
Chiesa di Sant'Eligio dei Fabbri-
Chiesa di San Giovanni Decollato-
-Tempio di Portuno-
-Tempio di Vesta-
Casa di Pilato-
Chiesa di Santa Maria in Cosmedin-
-Ponte Sublicio-
-Circo MassimoWith monuments of Campitelli.
Chiesa di Santa Sabina-
Chiesa di Sant'Alessio-
-Rocca Savella-
Chiesa di Santa Maria del PrioratoWith monuments of Trastevere.
-Arco di S. LazzaroWith monuments of Trastevere.
-Navali AntichiWith monuments of Trastevere.
-Monte Testaccio-
-Porta San Paolo-
-Piramide di Caio Cestio-
-Fabbrica delle Polveri-
-Mura Serviane-
Chiesa di San Sabba-
Chiesa di Santa Prisca-
-Ortaccio degli Ebrei-
Chiesa dei Santi Nereo e Achilleo-
Chiesa di Santa Balbina-
-Terme di Caracalla-
Chiesa di San Cesario in Palatio-
Casa del Cardinal Bessarione-
-Bastione del SangalloWith monuments of Campitelli.

You can start your tour of Rione Ripa from Santa Galla.
You can also have a look at it from the Janiculum: Isola Tiberina, Santa Sabina, Mura di Roma and Monte Testaccio .

I - MontiII - Trevi
III - ColonnaIV - Campo Marzio
V - PonteVI - Parione
VII - RegolaVIII - Sant'Eustachio
IX - PignaX - Campitelli
XI - Sant'AngeloXII - Ripa
XIII - TrastevereXIV - Borgo

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