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10 Rome's best bridges

Beautiful and practical, these are the bridges in Rome that connect the different parts of the city. Don't miss them!

Isabel Catalán

Isabel Catalán

7 min read

10 Rome's best bridges

Bridge in Rome | ©Olga Lioncat

The Tiber River divides Rome in half and to connect the two banks, the city is dotted with a multitude of bridges from different eras and styles. From many of them there are amazing views of the Eternal City, so if you want to enjoy them during your trip, I encourage you to take note of these 10 bridges in Rome that will surprise.

1. Castel Sant'Angelo Bridge

View towards the bridge and Castel Sant'Angelo| ©Jose Mateo Jurado
View towards the bridge and Castel Sant'Angelo| ©Jose Mateo Jurado

The Sant'Angelo Bridge connects the Ponte and Borgo districts and is one of the oldest and most beautiful bridges in Rome.

It gives access to the Castel Sant'Angelo (a vestige of the imperial era of the city) and is located very close to the Vatican, so it was the bridge that most pilgrims crossed to reach St. Peter's Basilica.

In the second century A.D. the emperor Hadrian ordered to build the Bridge of Sant'Angelo to link it with the mausoleum that he was also building on the right side of the Tiber River. Its three central arches are preserved from that time, but the rest of the bridge are later modifications, for example the angels that decorate it.

These sculptures were commissioned by Pope Clement IX to the artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini, although more people participated in the project. Of the acclaimed sculptor there are really only two (the angels with the crown of thorns and with the sign "INRI") which are preserved today in the church of Sant'Andrea delle Fratte.

To fully enjoy the beauty of the Bridge of Sant'Angelo I recommend visiting it at sunset, when the last rays of the sun are reflected on the water of the Tiber River.

  • Address: Lungotevere Castello, 50.
  • How to get there: By bus, lines 23, 34, 49, 64 and 87.

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2. Milvio Bridge

Walking along the Ponte Milvio in Rome| ©Vincenzo Petrucci
Walking along the Ponte Milvio in Rome| ©Vincenzo Petrucci

The Milvian Bridge is another of the oldest bridges in Rome that I recommend you to visit. On the one hand it had a crucial importance in the history of the Roman Empire since in its surroundings took place the battle of the Milvian Bridge in the third century A.D. where the emperors Maxentius and Constantine fought for power. With the victory of Constantine carrying the Christian banner, the history of Rome and Western civilization changed forever.

On the other hand, in popular culture the Milvian Bridge is famous for the novel "Forgive me if I call you love" by Federico Moccia as the place where the protagonists seal their love by putting a padlock on the bridge and throwing the key into the Tiber.

If you travel with your partner to the Eternal City, I advise you to visit the Milvio Bridge as it is one of the most emblematic romantic places in Rome.

  • Address: Ponte Milvio, 00196 Rome.
  • How to get there: By bus, line 32, stop Marshal Diaz - De Bosis.

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3. Sisto Bridge

Sisto Bridge in Rome| ©Lalupa
Sisto Bridge in Rome| ©Lalupa

The present bridge was built on the ruins of an ancient Roman bridge erected by the emperor Caracalla in the second century AD, the bridge of Agrippa. Later Pope Sisto IV ordered the construction of this bridge to facilitate the passage of pilgrims to the sacred places of the city.

I recommend you to visit it because from the Sisto Bridge you will have a beautiful view of the Vatican with the Dome of St. Peter in the distance, as well as the charming district of Trastevere and the other bridges that cross the Tiber.

  • Address: Piazza Trilussa, 00153 Roma
  • How to get there: By bus, lines 23, 62, 81, 280 and 492.

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4. Umberto I Bridge

Umberto I Bridge| ©Karol Wiśniewski
Umberto I Bridge| ©Karol Wiśniewski

The Umberto I Bridge does not usually appear in many tourist guides but it is one of the bridges in Rome that you have to know because from here you can get some of the best pictures of your getaway to Rome.

This bridge connects Piazza di Ponte Umberto I with Piazza dei Tribunali and is located very close to Castel Sant'Angelo and Piazza Navona (an elegant baroque square that I recommend you to explore especially during the celebration of its Christmas market).

The views of Rome at sunset from this nineteenth-century bridge are some of the most beautiful, with the entire landscape illuminated: St. Peter's Basilica, the Sant'Angelo Bridge and the Tiber River. A marvel!

  • Address: Ponte Umberto I, Rome.
  • How to get there: By bus, lines 30, 70, 81, 87, 130, 280, 492 and 628.

5. Rotto Bridge

Visiting the Ponte Rotto in Rome| ©Yellow.Cat
Visiting the Ponte Rotto in Rome| ©Yellow.Cat

What is known today as the Ponte Rotto many centuries ago was the Aemilius Bridge, the first stone bridge in Rome.

It was built back in the 2nd century A.D. and once connected the Trastevere district and the Foro Boario. It stood until a great flood in the sixteenth century carried away the eastern part of the bridge, leaving it "broken".

It was never completely rebuilt and at the end of the 19th century it was decided to demolish the western part, leaving only one arch in the middle of the river bed. Stand on the Palatine Bridge to take the best pictures of it!

  • Address: Lungotevere degli Alberteschi, 00153 Rome.
  • How to get there: By bus, lines 30, 81, 83, 85, 160 and C3.

6. Palatine Bridge

Palatine Bridge by night in Rome| ©Luigi Coccia
Palatine Bridge by night in Rome| ©Luigi Coccia

To replace the ill-fated Ponte Rotto and connect the Foro Boario with the Trastevere district, in the 19th century the Palatine Bridge was designed, which takes its name from the Palatine Hill on whose slopes this construction rises.

  • Address: Lungotevere degli Alberteschi, 00153 Rome.
  • How to get there: By bus, lines 30, 81, 83, 85, 160 and C3.

7. Fabricius Bridge

Fabricius Bridge in Rome| ©Matthias Kabel
Fabricius Bridge in Rome| ©Matthias Kabel

Among all the bridges in Rome, the Fabricius Bridge, the oldest in the city, was built in the first century A.D. to connect the Tiber Island with the Field of Mars on the east side.

Crossing a bridge as old as this one is quite a sight to behold. Although some more recent alterations were made to it, the structure, the central core and the tufa arches are original. Look at the arches of the bridge! They have one of the oldest inscriptions in Rome mentioning the builder of the bridge: Lucius Fabricius.

  • Address: Lungotevere dei Pierleoni
  • How to get there: By bus, lines 30, 81, 83, 85, 160 and C3.

8. Vittorio Emanuele II Bridge

Roma vista di ponte Vittorio Emanuele II| ©Agostino.zamboni
Roma vista di ponte Vittorio Emanuele II| ©Agostino.zamboni

Every bridge in Rome has its charm and the Vittorio Emanuele II bridge is no exception. It is one of the most beautiful bridges in the city and is full of sculptures and artistic details.

Designed in the nineteenth century, its construction was delayed and was not inaugurated until the early twentieth century. In this way, this point of the Tiber River regained the passage it once had with the Bridge of Nero, which was erected during the Imperial period and of which some vestiges can still be seen in the surroundings.

By itself, the Vittorio Emanuele II Bridge is worth a visit because it is very beautiful but I also advise you to visit it because from it you will have a fantastic view of both the bridge and the Castel Sant'Angelo and the dome of St. Peter's in the distance.

  • Address: Lungotevere dei Fiorentini, 00186 Rome.
  • How to get there: By bus, lines 23, 34, 49, 64 and 87.

9. Queen Margherita Bridge

Walking along the Queen Margaret Bridge| ©David Castor
Walking along the Queen Margaret Bridge| ©David Castor

After visiting the Pincio Terrace (one of the most beautiful parks in Rome ) and Piazza del Popolo I recommend you to go to the Queen Margaret Bridge, located very close to these tourist attractions, to enjoy one of the best views of the Tiber River.

It does not stand out for its profuse decoration unlike other bridges in Rome but precisely in its simplicity lies its charm. It is dedicated to Margherita of Savoy, the first queen of Italy, and connects Piazza del Popolo with the Prati district.

  • Address: Queen Margherita Bridge, Rome.
  • How to get there: By bus, lines 89, 628, 120 F and 150 F.

10. Bridge of Music

Visiting the Ponte della Musica in Rome| ©Massimiliano P
Visiting the Ponte della Musica in Rome| ©Massimiliano P

The Ponte della Musica is one of the most modern bridges in Rome both for its date of construction (early 21st century) and for its futuristic look. It was built with the aim of linking the Flaminio district with the Delle Vittorie district.

If you want to see a bridge different from the rest of Rome's bridges, I recommend you to visit it during a visit to the Foro Italico.

  • Address: Lungotevere Maresciallo Cadorna, Rome.
  • How to get there: By bus, lines 32, 280, 301 and 628.