Under the Bridges of Rome

*NEW* Now with the Ponte della Magliana
 
A lot of water has flown down the Tiber, and lots of people have looked down on it. But hardly anybody looks up from it and imagines what the water sees when passing under the bridges.
 
So, here are photos of how the bridges look underneath - with the notable exception of the first one, Ponte Flaminio, where the banks are not accessible because of "Bau Village", an area where you can go to the beach with your dog. I don't like beaches, and I don't like dogs (and double negatives don't work in this case), so no waterfront picture of it.
 
If you would like to see the locations of the bridges (with thumbnails) on a map, look no further. You will miss all the fun facts though if you don't read on. And there is a question at the end for those who thought they paid attention (or thought they know the bridges of Rome).
 
Enjoy the Bridges of Rome, which in chronological order - from the water's point of view - are:
  1. Ponte Flaminio
  2. Ponte Milvio
  3. Ponte Duca D'Aosta
  4. Ponte Risorgimento
  5. Ponte Matteotti
  6. Ponte Nenni
  7. Ponte Regina Margherita
  8. Ponte Cavour
  9. Ponte Umberto I
  10. Ponte Sant'Angelo
  11. Ponte Vittorio
  12. Ponte Principe Amadeo
  13. Ponte Mazzini
  14. Ponte Sisto
  15. Ponte Garibaldi
  16. Ponte Cestio
  17. Ponte Palatino
  18. Ponte Sublicio
  19. Ponte Testaccio
  20. Ponte San Paolo
  21. Ponte dell'Industria
  22. Ponte Marconi
  23. Ponte della Magliana
 
 
 


 




Ponte Flaminio
 
Named after: Via Flaminina, which in turn takes its name from the censor Gaius Flaminius who ordered its construction in 220 BC.
Constructed: 1938-1943 / 1947-1951
Arches: 5
Fun facts: If Italy would've won the war under the leadership of the Duce it would still be called "Ponte Mussolini". The website of the Municipality of Rome gets the completion date wrong.
 
 
 

 
 





 




Ponte Milvio
 
Named after: A guy from the tribe of the Molvii. Nothing is known about him.
Nickname: Ponte Mollo (soft bridge), presumably because it was partly made out of wood.
Constructed: <=3rd century BC in wood; 110-09 BC mostly in stone.
Arches: 6
Fun fact: Garibaldi, the hero of Italy's unity, blew up parts of it in 1849 to stop the advancement of the French troops. It didn't help.
 
 
 

 
 











 




Ponte Duca D'Aosta
 
Named after: Emanuele Filiberto Vittorio Eugenio Genova Giuseppe Maria di Savoia (1869-1931), nobleman and undefeated general in World War I.
Constructed: 1939-1942
Arches: 1
Fun fact: Standing on the bridge facing west this gem towers above the observer.
 
 
 
 

 
 


 






Ponte del Risorgimento
 
Named afer: The Italian Unification in 1861
Constructed: 1909-1911
Arches: 1
Fun fact: The bridge had to be ready for the quinquagenary of Italy's unity in 1911, which left little time for its completion (the contract was awarded only in October 1909). The engineering firm Porcheddu managed to honour the deadline despite a flooding and, more seriously, a cruising boat which crashed into and severely damaged the important central pillar used during construction.
 
 
 
 





 




Ponte Matteotti
 
Named after: Giacomo Matteotti (1885-1924), socialist member of parliament. He was abducted nearby by fascists and subsequently killed.
Constructed: 1924-1929
Arches: 3
Fun fact: Until 1945 it was called "Ponte Littorio" (lictor being the bearer of fasces); to add insult to injury after the fall of the fascist regime it was renamed to honour one if its most prominent victims, murdered in the very year construction of the bridge began.
 
 
 

 
 


 




Ponte Nenni
 
Named after: Pietro Nenni (1891-1980), socialist member of parliament and senate. Predecessor of Bettino Craxi.
Constructed: 1971-1972
Arches: 1
Fun facts: Built as the "Ponte della Metropolitana" it wasn't inaugurated or used until 1980, because the metro wasn't finished yet. Nenni's PSI (Italian Socialist Party) expelled Giacomo Matteotti (see above) who went on to found the PSU (United Socialist Party) - the seed of "A bridge for every Socialist" program was sown.
 
 
 


 
 


 




Ponte Regina Margherita
 
Named after: Margherita Maria Teresa Giovanna di Savoia (1851-1926), first Queen of Italy and dedicatee of the Pizza Margherita.
Constructed: 1886-1891
Arches: 3
Fun fact: It was underneath this bridge that in 1900 the idea was hatched to found an infamous sporting club, the S.S. Lazio.
 
 
 


 
 
 


 




Ponte Cavour
 
Named after: Camillo Paolo Filippo Giulio Benso, conte di Cavour, di Isolabella e di Leri (1810-1861), politician and statesman, one of the architects of the Unity of Italy.
Constructed: 1891-1896
Arches: 5
Fun fact: None. This is a dull bridge.
 
 




 
 


 
 


 




Ponte Umberto I
 
Named after: Umberto Rainerio Carlo Emanuele Giovanni Maria Ferdinando Eugenio (1844-1900), second King of Italy, called "The Good King".
Constructed: 1885-1887
Arches: 3
Fun fact: Even if cars drive on the left, it is not called the "English bridge" (see Ponte Palatino).
 
 
 
 





 




Ponte Sant'Angelo
 
Named after: The nearby Castel Sant'Angelo (and not the angels which sit on top of the bridge, they were added later).
Previous names: pons Aelius (Ponte Elio), pons Hadriani, (Ponte di Adriano), pons Sancti Petri (Ponte di San Pietro), Ponte di Castello
Constructed: 134 AC by Emperor Hadrian
Arches: 5
Fun facts: In the holy year of 1450 the bridge buckled under the weight of the pilgrims and several died. From the 16th century onwards the bodies of executed prisoners were hanged from the bridge as a warning to the part of the population who was still alive.
 
 
 




 

 
 


 




Ponte Vittorio Emanuele II
 
Named after: Vittorio Emanuele Maria Alberto Eugenio Ferdinando Tommaso di Savoia (1820-1878), first King of Italy
Constructed: 1886-1911
Arches: 3
Fun fact: The only bridge to have had two inaugurations: the first in 1911 when the bridge was completed after 25 years, the second in 1912 when the statues (which couldn't be produced in time for the first inauguration...) were placed on top of it.
 
 
 


 
 


 




Ponte Principe Amadeo di Savoia/Aosta
 
Named after: Amedeo Umberto Isabella Luigi Filippo Maria Giuseppe Giovanni di Savoia (1898-1942), 3rd Duke of Aosta and Viceroy of Italian East Africa (Ethiopia).
Constructed: 1940-1942
Arches: 3
Fun fact: Sometimes referred to as Ponte PASA (WTF?).
 
 
 


 
 


 




Ponte Mazzini
 
Named after: Giuseppe Mazzini (1805-1872), philosopher and politician, ideological architect of the Unity of Italy.
Constructed: 1904-1908
Arches: 3
Fun fact: Pope Paul III had Michelangelo design a private bridge in the 16th century to connect Palazzo Farnese (which today houses the French embassy) with the Farnesina. Only one piece was built which still exists today as the arch over Via Giulia, l'Arco de' Farnesi.
 
 
 




 
 


 
 


 




Ponte Sisto
 
Named after: Pope Sixtus IV (Francesco della Rovere) (1414-1484), also gave his name (but not the interior design) to the Sixtine Chapel.
Constructed: 1473-1479
Arches: 4
Fun fact: The bridge was inaugurated in the Holy Year 1475, even if it wasn't to be finished for another 4 years.
 
 
 
 
 

 
 




Ponte Garibaldi
 
Named after: Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807-1882), general and mercenary captain, preeminent military leader during the fight for the Unity of Italy.
Constructed: 1884-1888 (substitution of the arches 1953-1958)
Arches: 2
Fun fact: None. Another boring bridge.
 
 
 

 
 


 






Ponte Cestio
 
Named after: Lucius Cestius (1st century BC), brother of Gaius Cestius of pyramid fame.
Previous names: pons Aurelius, pons Gratiani, Ponte di San Bartolomeo, Ponte Ferrato
Constructed: 46 BC
Arches: 3
Fun fact: Look at the picture - does this construction seem straight to you?
 
 
 


 
 


 




Ponte Palatino
 
Named after: The Palatine hill, home to Emperor Augustus' birthplace and residence.
Constructed: 1886-1891
Arches: 2
Fun fact: Because cars drive over it on the left it is commonly known as Ponte Inglese (English bridge).
 
 


 
 


 




Ponte Sublicio
 
Named after: "wooden planks" in Volscian
Constructed: 1914-1919
Arches: 3
Fun fact: In 506 BC Horatius Cocles held the bridge against the attacking Etruscans, letting only his own soldiers pass and fending off the intruders. 2000 years later a very similar story occurred in Zurich, Switzerland, when Rudolf Stüssi defended a bridge against confederate soldiers. Stüssi had been in Rome only ten years earlier - coincidence?
 
 
 


 
 


 




Ponte Testaccio
 
Named after: Monte Testaccio (which also gives the name to the surrounding area), the first regulated garbage dump in history.
Constructed: 1938-1948
Arches: 1
Fun fact: About the bridge? none. About Monte Testaccio? it consists of roughly 25 million broken amphorae.
 
 
 
 
 


 
 


 




Ponte San Paolo
 
Named after: Saint Paul of Tarsus (5-65), Jew, Christian, missionary.
Constructed: 1907-1910
Arches: 3
Fun fact: Ask anybody how this bridge (they're actually two) is called and you'll get a blank face. Duh.
 
 
 
 


 




Ponte dell'Industria
 
Named after: The Industry
Constructed: 1862-1863
Arches: 3
Fun fact: Commonly known as "Ponte di Ferro" (steel bridge); not to be confused with the Ponte Palatino, which is also made of steel, but is called "Ponte Inglese".
 
 
 
 
 


 




Ponte Marconi
 
Named after: Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937), physicist and inventor, godfather of WiFi.
Constructed: 1937-1955
Arches: 5
Fun fact: With a construction time of 18 years, holds second place after Ponte Vittorio.
 
 

 


 

 
 


 




Ponte della Magliana
 
Named after: The area ("Magliana") which in turn takes its name from the Gens Manlia, one of the oldest families of Rome (they were influential from roughly 500-150 BC).
Constructed: 1930-1948
Arches: 7
Fun fact: Construction suffered two serious setbacks: in 1937 the flooding of the Tiber severely damaged the construction site, as did WWII in 1943.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
All the pictures can be found here.
 
 
And here goes the question: which fully functioning bridge between Ponte Flaminio and Ponte della Magliana should be here but isn't?
 
Bonus question: any idea why it isn't here?
 
 

Ponte Fabricio- Because your camera broke. Final a...

Ponte Fabricio- Because your camera broke. Final answer.

Congrats, Ponte Fabricio is correct! The camera i...

Congrats, Ponte Fabricio is correct!

The camera is still (somewhat) alive though (i.e. it still takes pictures).

and i had thought you were going down the river in...

and i had thought you were going down the river in a boat to take all these impressive pictures and had to make up your mind on which side to pass the Isola Tiberina....

So what did I win?

So what did I win?

Excellent post and writing style. Bookmarked.

Excellent post and writing style. Bookmarked.

I'm still waiting on my prize. You have to admit t...

I'm still waiting on my prize. You have to admit that was a long, long shot and I absolutely nailed it.

Would love to send out the prize...

... but unfortunately I wouldn't know where to send it to. Unless you would be inclined to reveal your identity, that is :-)