Ponte Vittorio Emanuele II Rome

The Ponte Vittorio Emanuele II (or just Ponte Vittorio) is a bridge that connects Piazza Pasquale Paoli (rione Ponte) to the Lungotevere Vaticano (rione Borgo) in Rome.

Ponte Vittorio Emanuele II Rome

History and description

Ponte Vittorio Emanuele II Tiber bridge

The bridge was built with the aim of connecting the historical centre of Rome to the Vatican City and was designed by Ennio de Rossi. Although the Ponte Sant’Angelo existed already, this older bridge could no longer cope with the influx of people into the Prati district after Rome had become the capital of a unified Italy.

Ponte Vittorio Emanuele II Rome
Ponte Vittorio Emanuele II from under the Ponte Principe.

It consists of three arches and has a length of 110m. At the heads it is decorated with winged statues of the Goddess Victoria on pillars, while the allegorical sculpture groups on the bridge itself are made of travertino marble, and symbolize “The Unification of Italy”, “Freedom”, “Oppression Conquered” and “Loyalty to the State”.

Though De Rossi‘s design was made in 1886 the bridge was not inaugurated until the year 1911.

Close to the Ponte Vittorio Emanuele II some remains of the old Pons Neronianus can still be seen to stick out of the water.

Ponte Vittorio Emanuele II, Roma

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