The Ponte Milvio is a bridge in the north of Rome, in the Della Vittoria district, connecting the Piazzale Cardinal Consalvi to the Piazzale di Ponte Milvio. It became famous when young Italian couples started attaching padlocks around its lampposts as a symbol of their love. What is not generally known is that without the Ponte Milvio the history of the world might have looked completely different.Continue reading “Ponte Milvio Rome”
The Ponte Sisto in Rome connects the Via Pettinari in the rione Regola with the Piazza Trilussa across the river in the Trastevere district. Particularly at night the Ponte Sisto is often extremely crowded, since it also connects the Campo de’ Fiori (one of the busiest squares at night, with many pubs and pizzerias) with Trastevere, which is Rome’s number one nightlife quarter.Continue reading “Ponte Sisto Rome”
The Ponte Garibaldi is the bridge most visitors to Rome will cross at some point during their stay in the Eternal City, since it connects the Lungotevere De ‘Cenci in the rione Regola to the Piazza Giuseppe Gioachino Belli in the Trastevere district, which is where the city’s night life is.
Ponte Garibaldi Rome
History and description
The Ponte Garibaldi consists of two arches, measures 120m in length and has a width of 23m.
It was built between 1884 and 1888, by architect Angelo Vescovali, and with the aim of easing the flow of traffic into Trastevere, since the existing Ponte Cestio, Ponte Rotto (obviously) and Ponte Sisto proved inadequate. The need of a new bridge had become even more apparent after the railway station Stazione Trastevere had been built.
Until the Ponte Garibaldi was built the only ways to cross the Tiber, except by ferry, were the two wooden bridges of the Isola Tiberina and the Ponte Sisto bridge.
At the time Rome had just become the capital of the then newly created country Italy. In order to live up to its new status, a whole new network of streets was created in the historical centre. The Ponte Garibaldi was an extension of one of the main streets of this network, the Via Arenula. Once across the bridge, another wide, new street, called Viale del Re (“King’s Avenue”) continued through the Trastevere district. After World War II, this street was renamed Viale Trastevere.
The Ponte Garibaldi got its name because of its proximity to the Janiculum Hill, where Garibaldi had fought the French troops in 1849. Its inauguration took place in 1888.
The Ponte Ostiense is located next to the underground station of Garbatella in Rome. In June 2012 it replaced the Ponte della Musica as Rome’s newest bridge.
Ponte Ostiense Rome
The Ostiense bridge has a length of 160 meters and consists of three lanes of traffic in each direction, flanked by bicycle paths. The bridge is characterized by a steel arch, towering above the railway- and metro tracks it crosses.
Construction of the Ponte Ostiense, which connects the Via Ostiense to the Circonvallazione Ostiense, was meant to start in 2009, but archaeological finds caused significant delays. In the end building the bridge took two years, from 2010 until 2012.