The Ponte Ostiense is located next to the underground station of Garbatella and in June 2012 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 archeological findings caused significant delays. In the end building the bridge took two years, from 2010 until 2012.
It is Rome’s newest bridge and was inaugurated on the date of the city’s 2,764th anniversary, April 21, 2011. (It would actually be more accurate to say that the Ponte della Musica is Rome’s newest bridge over water, since in June 2012 the Ponte Ostiense was inaugurated. This bridge only crosses railway and metro tracks, though.)
The Ponte della Musica gets its name from the Auditorium Parco della Musica, though it might as well have been called Ponte dello Sport, since the Olympic Stadium, the Flaminio Stadium, the swimming and the tennis stadium as well as the Palazzetto dello Sport are all in the near vicinity.
Originally the bridge was only meant for pedestrians and cyclists, but later it was adapted to also allow public transportation vehicles. It is 18m wide and has a length of 190m and consists of two steel arches. Staircases connect the bridge to each river bank.
The Ponte della Musica was designed by the British firm Powell Williams, who won an international competition in 2000.
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.
Ponte Sisto Rome
The present Ponte Sisto was built between 1473 and 1479 at the site where an earlier bridge, the Pons Aurelius, had been destroyed in 772. The bridge was commissioned by Pope Sixtus (Sisto) IV.
It is characterized by the eye (Oculus) right in the middle of the bridge.
The fountain that used to decorate the crossing of Via Giulia and Via dei Pettinari and was part of the Acqua Paola Aqueduct was moved to Piazza Trilussa after Italy’s unification. The water of this aqueduct still streams through 8 pipes inside the Ponte Sisto.
The Ponte Risorgimento (or Ponte del Risorgimento) was built in occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Unification of Italy. It connects the Lungotevere delle Armi and Piazza Monte Grappa in the quartiereDella Vittoria to the Piazzale delle Belle Arti in the Flaminio district.
Ponte del Risorgimento Rome
The Ponte del Risorgimento was designed by Francois Hennebique.
Construction of the Ponte Risorgimento started in 1909 and was finished in 1911, just in time for the Royal Procession in occasion of the opening of the 1911 Exhibition of Art and Ethnography.
The bridge, which consists of one single arch, was the first in Italy to be made of reinforced concrete.
The Palatine Bridge, also known as the English Bridge (Ponte Inglese), is a bridge that connects the Lungotevere Aventino in the rioneRipa to the Lungotevere Ripa in the Trastevere district.
Ponte Palatino Rome
The decision to build the Ponte Palatino was taken when the so-called Ponte Rotto(“Broken Bridge”) started honoring its nickname a bit too much. It was constructed between the years 1886 and 1890 and is one of Rome’s longer bridges, albeit not one of the more picturesque ones.
On the Palatine side of the bridge, which is called English because its traffic is considered to be going “the wrong way” from a European point of view, the Forum Boarium and the still functioning Cloaca Maxima can be found.
The Ponte Palatino was designed by Angelo Vescovali. It has a length of 155.5 meters and is 18.4 meters wide.
The Ponte Cestio is one of Rome’s oldest bridges and was built contemporaneously with the Ponte Fabricio. It connects the Lungotevere degli Anguillara (Trastevere) to the Piazza di San Bartolomeo all’Isola on the Isola Tiberina in the rione Ripa.
Ponte Cestio Rome
It was built (around 45BC) by Lucio Cestio, who was the brother of Caio Cestio, the man who had a tomb in the form of a pyramid built for himself.
Restorations took place, first in 152 and later in 370, partly with materials taken from the Theater of Marcellus. One of the emperors having ordered the work was called Graziano, which caused the bridge to get a new name (see below).
The biggest change took place between 1888 and 1892, however, when the embankments of the Tiber were widened, and as a result also the two side arches had to be widened to their present size.
The bridge is a pedestrian bridge only and has a length of 54m and a width of 8m.
The Ponte Cestio has been known under many different names, such as pons Aurelius, pons Gratiani, ponte di San Bartolomeo and ponte Ferrato, the latter referring to the many iron chains that were anchored to it.
Ponte Regina Margherita is also known as the Ponte Margherita, and connects the Piazza della Libertà to the Lungotevere Arnaldo da Brescia in the Campo Marzio and Prati districts.
Ponte Regina Margherita Rome
The bridge is dedicated to Margherita di Savoia, who was the first queen of Italy. It was built between 1889 and 1891, the years when the Prati neighborhood, from what was then no more than countryside, changed into an urban area (with subsequent need for a better infrastructure).
The Ponte Regina Margherita is more than 100m long and has a width of more than 50m. It consists of three arches, made of brickwork and covered with travertino marble.
The Ponte Duca D’Aosta in Rome is named after Emanuele Filiberto, Duke of Aosta, a commander of the Italian troops during World War I, and connects the quartiere Flaminio to the Foro Italico. It was designed by the architect Vincenzo Fasolo.
Ponte Duca d’Aosta Rome
Construction of the bridge was begun in 1939, when the Foro Italico wa still called Foro Mussolini, and the work was completed in 1942. The fascist era is reflected in its embellishments, such as the marble pylons at the head of the bridge depicting World War I battle scenes sculpted by the Tuscan artist Vico Consorti.
The Ponte Duca d’Aosta consists of one single arch and is 200m long and 30m wide. The arch itself has a mere length of 100m.
The Ponte (Giacomo) Matteotti was constructed with the purpose of connecting two of Rome‘s most important and prestigious quarters, the rione Prati and the quartiere Flaminio.
Ponte Matteotti Rome
It consists of three brickwork arches, is almost 140m in length and has a width of 20m.
The Ponte Matteotti was built in 1924 and took 5 years to finish, to be inaugurated on April 21 of that year, as the Ponte del Littorio. The architect was Augusto Antonelli.
The original name referred to an Italian infantry division and has clear fascist overtones. After World War II the bridge was therefore renamed for a Socialist deputy who, in 1924, had been kidnapped and killed by Italian far-right thugs after having openly accused the fascists of corruption during the elections of that year.