The Ponte Pietra (Italian for "Stone Bridge") is a Roman arch bridge crossing the Adige River in Verona, Italy. The bridge was completed in 100 BC, and the Via Postumia from Genoa to Aquileia passed over it. It is the oldest bridge in Verona.[1]

Ponte Pietra
(Pons Marmoreus)
The arch at the far left is the only one which escaped destruction in 1945.
Coordinates45°26′52″N 11°00′00″E / 45.4477°N 10.9999°E / 45.4477; 10.9999
CrossesAdige River
LocaleVerona, Italy
DesignArch bridge
MaterialTravertine, brick
Total length120 m
No. of spans5
Construction end100 BC
ClosedApril 1945 (4 of 5 spans destroyed)

It originally flanked another Roman bridge, the Pons Postumius; both structures provided the city (on the right bank) with access to the Roman theatre on the east bank. The arch nearest to the right bank of the Adige was rebuilt in 1298 by Alberto I della Scala. Four arches of the bridge were blown up by retreating German troops in World War II, but rebuilt in 1957 with original materials.

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Notes and references edit

  1. ^ Editors of Time Out (2013). Time Out Venice: Verona, Treviso, and the Veneto. Time Out Guides. p. 266.
  • Galliazzo, Vittorio (1994), I ponti romani. Catalogo generale, vol. 2, Treviso: Edizioni Canova, pp. 223–226 (No. 456), ISBN 88-85066-66-6
  • O’Connor, Colin (1993), Roman Bridges, Cambridge University Press, pp. 93f. (I169), ISBN 0-521-39326-4

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