Ponte (Bridge) Palatino

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It was one of the first bridges realized for the expansion of the city which became a capital of united Italy. It was built in 1886-1991. The project belongs to Vescovali and executed by a Belgian construction company specialized in iron bridges.

Ponte (Bridge) Palatino, Rome
In the middle of the 19th century, it was necessary to build a bridge to serve the area that had been served by the Ponte Rotto in different moments. Ponte Palatino had to substitute unfortunate Ponte Senatorio (Ponte Rotto). This is the longest bridge of the historical center of Rome 155m x 19,5m. Longer than it there is only one bridge of modern Rome Ponte Marconi (235m long). Near the left bridge head it is still working the Cloaca Maxima, the sewage system of Roman times that started in the Suburra district.

The bridge was built by Vescovalli in 1886, in collaboration with a Belgian company specialized in iron bridges. In fact, four piers covered by travertine support metallic beams. This bridge is famous for an old (and disused) Roman custom: the "partita a rocci" or "sassaiola" (stone fight). Stone fights were small wars between opposed districts and Ponte Palatino had been chosen for the challenge between the inhabitants of Trastevere and those of Testaccio.

Ponte (Bridge) Palatino
Lungotevere Aventino,
00186, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Ripa (Circo Massimo-Bocca Verità-Aventino) (Roma centro)
Ponte (Bridge) Palatino is Shown By "Map J Zone" As "15"
Bus: H - 23 - 63 - 280 - 630 - 780
Tram: Service 8
Metro Subway: Service B, stop Circo Massimo

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