Ponte Regina Margherita Rome
History and description
The bridge is dedicated to Margherita di Savoia, who was the first queen of Italy. It was built between 1889 and 1891, the years when the Prati neighborhood, from what was then no more than countryside, changed into an urban area (with subsequent need for a better infrastructure).
The Ponte Regina Margherita was designed and built by the architect Angelo Vescovali. The foundation stone was laid in 1886 and construction would take five years.
Vescovali was later to take charge of the nearby Ponte Umberto I as well.
On the Prati side, the bridge opens onto the Piazza della Libertà. On the other side, it joins the Via Ferdinando di Savoia, which ends at the Piazza del Popolo.
The Ponte Regina Margherita has a lenght of over 100m and a width of more than 50m. It consists of three arches, made of brickwork and covered with travertino marble.