The tradition of diving - or jumping - into the River Tiber on New Year's Day dates back to 1947
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Italians brave chilly Tiber new year dive in Rome

Hundreds of people turned out to watch six men honour an old tradition and dive from a bridge in Rome into the cold water of the River Tiber.

Experts warn that the drop from the 17m (50ft) high bridge into the river is a dangerous way to see in the new year.

Babita Sharma reports.

  • 02 Jan 2012
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