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Roman Bridge of Rieti

The Roman Bridge of Rieti, over the Velino River, is a structure of Roman origin dating back to the 3rd century B.C. It was part of the ancient Via Salaria, a vital artery connecting Rome to the Adriatic Sea. This three-arched bridge, built with large blocks of travertine, was an important structure in the Republican era of Rome. It was 38.90 meters long and 6.20 meters wide, with pylons 2.60 meters thick.

Over the centuries, the bridge underwent several modifications and restorations, including a significant one during the reign of Emperor Claudius in 42 AD. In the Middle Ages, it was fortified with a defense tower that controlled traffic and taxes, although it was demolished in the 14th century. At the beginning of the 20th century, the bridge was demolished and its remains can still be seen in the Velino riverbed, next to the modern bridge of the same name.

The Roman Bridge of Rieti is not only an important part of the historical and architectural heritage of the city, but also a place of religious importance, since it is believed that St. Benedict of Nursia crossed it during his travels. The remains of the bridge and the surrounding river fauna are visible from the modern bridge and accessible from the Lungovelino Nello Bellagamba, providing a tangible link to the rich history of the area.

  • Address
    Ponte Romano, 02100 Rieti, Italy
  • Web
  • Visiting Hours
    Always open
  • What to see
    Roman remains

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