Many visitors to Rome marvel at the number of bridges that there seem to be in Rome. With a winding river like the Tiber that snakes throughout the city, the ancient Romans needed bridges not only for getting around the city but also for military reasons, too. Most of the ancient bridges of Rome were constructed of wood — this enabled them to be destroyed quickly in case Rome was attacked, making it more difficult for Rome’s enemies to cross the banks. The Tiber presented Rome an excellent line of defense throughout its history.
Not all of the bridges in Rome are ancient ones. Some are remnants of the Middle Ages and the Baroque, repaired and restored over the centuries and some are modern built over the past 100 years by various Italian governments. The most famous of the bridges and probably the most recognizable is the bridge that you’ve never crossed, the famed Ponte Emilio (pictured). This was Rome’s first permanent bridge, and you can see a perfect cross-section of ancient Roman engineering.
Wikipedia’s Italian version has an excellent article on the bridges of Rome
, providing not only a listing of the bridges in chronological order but also pictures of them, too. See how many bridges you can recognize.
pictured: Ponte Emilio, also known as Ponte Rotto (Broken Bridge)