Ponte (Bridge) Cestio - Connects Tiber Island to Trastevere district

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Ponte (Bridge) Cestio was probably built in 46 b.C. by L.Cestius en-charged by Caesar together with other five personalities to govern Rome in time of his absence. This bridge links the Tiber Island to Trastevere district. Unfortunately to make the bridge longer because of enlargement of the distance from Isola Tiberina (Tiber island) to the main land, two side arches of the bridge were destroyed and substituted with the two longer ones that were built using the original stones.

Ponte (Bridge) Cestio - Connects Tiber Island to Trastevere district
In 365 it was restored by the Valentinian emperors, Valens and Gratianus, and therefore called “Gratianus’ bridge”; then, it was called “iron bridge” for the quantity of chains necessary to anchor the wheels that, together with a machine used to turn them, laid on boats linked together (this technique was necessary to grant a structure able to supply flour to the city of Rome when Vitiges cut the aqueducts that supplied the mills on the Tiber in 537). In 1892, the bridge was partly rebuilt by adding the central arch with two big lateral arches, but after the 1900 flood they were shored up to reopen the ancient flow.

Ponte Cestio is 83m long and 8m wide.

Ponte (Bridge) Cestio - Connects Tiber Island to Trastevere district
Piazza della Gensola
00186, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Trastevere (Gianicolo) (Roma centro)
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