Ponte Milvio in Rome
Elegant pedestrian footbridge, founded in the 2nd-century BC, & site of a famous Roman battle.
Ponte Milvio in Rome is the oldest still existing bridge in the Italian capital. It is located in the north of Rome and you can reach it with the tram line 2 from Piazzale Flaminio. Over the bridge leads Via Flaminia, an ancient consular street dating back to the 3rd century BC, which begins at Piazza del Popolo and connects Rome with Rimini.
The first bridges in Rome were made of wood, but in 110 BC already a stone bridge was erected here. The bridge was renovated, rebuilt and extended several times throughout the centuries. Several battles took place at the bridge. In 1849, Garibaldi blew up the bridge to prevent the advancing French from invading Rome. In 1850 Pope Pius IX had the bridge renovated and which is why we can still gaze at this 2000 year old bridge today.
Many lovers follow the tradition to put up a lock on the bridge and through the key into the Tiber River. For security reasons, the city of Rome is not too happy about this and therefore regularly removes the locks.
You can take public transport to get to this bridge: The buses 53, 201, C3 and N25 stop at the left Tiber bank and the lines 69, 200, 226, 301, 446, 911, C2, N24, N25, as well as the tram line 2 at the station Pinturicchio, on the right Tiber bank.