"Ponte (Bridge) Vittorio Emanuele II, Rome" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Monday 6th June 2011
The bridge was unveiled in 1911 in the year of 50th anniversary of the national unity and dedicated to the first king of Italy. It is a natural extension of the street corso Vittorio and is an alternative to the ancient Ponte Sant'Angelo. The project belongs to the architect De Rossi and represents the perfect example of the architecture of those times, having four heavy allegorical sculptural groups and four end pilasters decorated with the bronze Victories.
The creation of this bridge caused destruction of the 18th century building belonged to the Hospital Saint Spirit.
Up to the current of the river functioned for 25 years an iron bridge, unveiled in 1889 as a substitution for Ponte S.Angelo while it was being adapted to the new river-borders construction. The bridge is 111m long and 20m wide. It has 3 stone arches and is 110 m (122 yd) long and 20 m (22 yd) wide. It is splendidly decorated with four marble groups symbolizing the Defeat of Oppression, the Unity of Italy, the Allegiance to the Statute, and Liberty.
The bridge across the Tiber connects the historic centre of Rome (Corso Vittorio Emanuele, whose axis the bridge extends, and piazza Paoli at the bridgehead) with the rione Borgo (Quarter) and the Vatican City. Corso Vittorio Emanuele II was the first major arterial road built for the new capital. In part, it follows the ancient Via Papale, the old road that went from St.Peter to Rome's Cathedral, San Giovanni in Laterano. Corso Vittorio linked the Vatican, the ever expanding adjacent areas, and Piazza Venezia, where, more or less at the same time, the Vittoriano was inaugurated. It is splendidly decorated with four marble groups symbolizing the Defeat of Oppression, the Unity of Italy, the Allegiance to the Statute, and Liberty.
Ponte (Bridge) Vittorio Emanuele II
Lungotevere dei Fiorentini,
00186 Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Ponte (Via Coronari-Ponte Vittorio) (Roma centro)
Ponte (Bridge) Vittorio Emanuele II is Shown By "Map D Zone" As "31"
Subway: Roma S.Pietro (1.0 km SW)/Ottaviano (1.1 km NW), Metro A
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