Watch: tightrope walker crosses Rome's Tiber River

Watch: tightrope walker crosses Rome's Tiber River

Italian performer Andrea Loreni thrilled Rome on Sunday (Dec. 11) by becoming the first high-wire act to cross the Tiber.

While crowds watched him with bated breath, Loreni inched along a 135-metre-long steel cable suspended 20 metres high, near the Ponte Sant'Angelo bridge.

Loreni, who holds the record in Italy for the longest and highest walks, told AP news agency this one was more difficult than expected because of the wind and rain.

"The (surrounding) beauty was the highlight of the crossing because it is one of those things that allow you to forget yourself and become one with the reality around you," he said.

The winter walk was part of the BiennaleMArteLive 2017, a week of culture in Rome and the Lazio region which saw some 1,000 artists exhibit in over 50 different locations.