Ponte Rotto

Centro Storico

Visible to the south of the Isola Tiberina are the remains of the Pons Aemilius, ancient Rome’s first stone bridge. Dating to the 2nd century BC, it was all but swept away in a 1598 flood and is now known as the Ponte Rotto, or Broken Bridge.

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