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Iconic/beautiful bridge

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Iconic/beautiful bridge

Probably an obvious question, and sorry if the topic has come up recently, but which bridge would be instantly associated with Rome, or are all the bridges of Rome of equal significance?

Prague has Charles Bridge, Dublin Ha'Penny bridge, New York Brooklyn, London Bridge, Ponte Vecchio in Florence and so on.

I thought that it might make for a theme for a photograph collection - bridging a few cities together, so to speak.

:-)

Thanks.

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1. Re: Iconic/beautiful bridge

Many of the bridges in Rome have significant historical backgrounds, but I would say that the classic bridge is the Ponte Sisto. It has a view of St. Peter's dome at sunset which is lovely, but it is not ancient. It was built by Sixtus IV. You can see from the inscription that he asks you to pray for him as you cross it. It's also nice to take a look at the old Ponte Rotto, or "broken bridge", which you will find just off the south end of Tiburina Island. Finally, many people love the Ponte S. Angelo, which was built over an ancient bridge leading to Castel Sant'Angelo because it is lined with angels designed by Bernini and his students.

We brought our kids to the Bunratty castle years ago; what a lovely part of Ireland.

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2. Re: Iconic/beautiful bridge

Soloroma, thanks for that detailed reply.

Really appreciate it - sounds like all three could pass the test.

Glad that you had a nice time in county Clare.

:-)

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3. Re: Iconic/beautiful bridge

Standing on Palatino at night looking at the floodlite Isola Tiberina. Google for pictures:-)

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4. Re: Iconic/beautiful bridge

Stoofer - great, will google that right now!

Thanks.

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5. Re: Iconic/beautiful bridge

My vote goes to Ponte degli Angeli. Secon the two small bridges to the Tiberina Island

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6. Re: Iconic/beautiful bridge

stettola.

Sorry for missing this the first time - will factor these in, thank you very much.

:)

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7. Re: Iconic/beautiful bridge

My vote goes to Ponte degli Angeli as well. The original name is Ponte Elio by the way, built by emperor Hadrian to connect his mausoleum (now Saint Angel Castle) to the city, dating to 138 AD; Elio was Hadrian's family name. Underneath the 'modern' cobblestones (19th century), there is the original Roman paved ground; piers and travertine blocks are still the original ones with the exception of the 2 archways closer to each river bank created in the moment the embarkments were done (starting from 1874) to protect the city from flooding.

When the Tiber is dryier, and now it happens quite often, leaning on its right hand side (coming from the Castle), you could see some stones emerging from the water: Those are the foundations of Nero's Bridge (mid I century AD) that ruined/was destroyed already during Hadrian's time.

But of course you cannot miss Ponte Rotto, visible from Tiber Island, destroyed and reconstructed many times after a flood, never more after 1598.

Ponte Fabricio, standing along the Lungotevere Cenci, in front of the Synagogue, is the oldest bridge in town with Ponte Milvio (Mollo for the Romans!), a little bit off beaten path. To not miss as well!

Just a curiosity: Ponte Milvio became famous among teen-agers lovers (but not only them). They promise eternal love putting a padlock and throwing the keys into the river. Look at this pics: …repubblica.it/multimedia/home/577473/1/5Read the padlocks story:

unlucchettoxsempre.com/StoriaPonteMilvioEN.h…

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap_travel/20070308/ap_tr_ge/travel_brief_italy_bridge_of_love;_ylt=As8MLGvu5FvYD5_pb7Q5N3DMWM0F

Ciao Daniela

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8. Re: Iconic/beautiful bridge

Daniela - thank you for the terrific background, found the first hard to locate but your background knowledge is fascinating - as were the other links.

Thanks all!

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