Ponte Mazzini: a gift from XX century to remember the unity of Italy
Ponte Mazzini was built in Rome in the early 1900s, it is a commemorative bridge for Italian Risorgimento, realized between 1904 and 1908.
The structure of Ponte Mazzini is quite simple and consistent with its period of realization: it shows in fact three masonry arches with a rather plain decoration and is 107 metres long and 17 metres wide.
Ponte Mazzini has a strategic position, as it creates a link with Regina Coeli; the bridge traditionally has an indissoluble bond with this prison, as those who have to serve a period of imprisonment are forced to go over it.
Detention is not the only reason to cross this bridge; in fact, with its beautiful parapets in fretworked travertine, it offers the opportunity to take an elegant promenade, as well as having an amazing view on the Janiculum, after which the bridge was named with the epithet “Gianicolense”.
Ponte Mazzini is therefore an important element of Rome, new capital of the Kingdom of Italy; it was realized about ten years after Ponte Garibaldi and it is no coincidence that right in the period that followed the unification many great works for the urban connection inside the capital were named after the heroes who made it possible.