A Tourist in Rome - Ponte Cestio

Location:The bridge between Tiber Island and Trastevere to its southwest
Metro:Circo Massimo and Bus #160, or see it on my To the Forum Boarium and Beyond Walking Tour instead
Time:about 10 minutes
Cost:Free
Hours:Viewable at any time

Ponte Cestio, or Pons Cestius is a Roman stone bridge which spans the Tiber River from Tiber Island southwest to Trastevere. It was built between 62 and 27 BC, after the Ponte Fabrico was built, which spans from Tiber Island northeast to central Rome. In the 4th century the bridge was rebuilt using tuff and peperino, with a facing of travertine. Some of that travertine came from the demolished portico of the Theatre of Marcellus. When the walls along the river were built in 1888-1892, the bridge was demolished and rebuilt, since the channel it spans was widened from 157 to 260 feet. The central arch of the new bridge reused about one third of the material from the original bridge.

    
Ponte Cestio and Tiber Island, from Ponte Palatino
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Ponte Cestio, from the Trastevere end of the bridge, looking toward Tiber Island
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Ponte Cestio, from the Tiber Island end of the bridge, looking toward Trastevere
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Ponte Cestio, from the west, while walking on Tiber Island
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Ponte Cestio from the southeast, while walking on Tiber Island
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Ponte Cestio from the west, on my Tiber River cruise
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