Rome - Ponte Milvio (Milvian Bridge)
The Milvian (or Mulvian) Bridge (Italian: Ponte Molle or Ponte Milvio, Latin: Pons Milvius or Pons Mulvius) is a bridge over the Tiber in northern Rome. It was an economically and strategically important bridge in the era of the Roman Empire and was the site of the famous Battle of Milvian Bridge.
A bridge was built by consul Gaius Claudius Nero in 206 BC after he had defeated the Carthaginian army in the Battle of the Metaurus. In 115 BC, consul Marcus Aemilius Scaurus built a new bridge of stone in the same position, demolishing the old one. In 63 BC, letters from the conspirators of the Catiline conspiracy were intercepted here, allowing Cicero to read them to the Roman Senate the next day. In AD 312, Constantine I defeated his stronger rival Maxentius between this bridge and Saxa Rubra, in the famous Battle of the Milvian Bridge.
During the Middle Ages, the bridge was renovated by a monk named Acuzio, and in 1429 Pope Martin V asked a famous architect, Francesco da Genazzano, to repair it because it was collapsing. During the 18th and 19th centuries, the bridge was modified by two architects, Giuseppe Valadier and Domenico Pigiani.
The bridge was badly damaged in 1849 by Garibaldi's troops, in an attempt to block a French invasion, and later repaired by Pope Pius IX in 1850.
In 2000s, the bridge began attracting couples, who use a lamppost on the bridge to attach love padlocks as a token of love. The ritual involves the couple locking the padlock to the lamppost, then throwing the key behind them into the Tiber. The ritual was invented by author Federico Moccia for his popular book and movie "I Want You".
After April 13, 2007, couples had to stop this habit because that day the lamppost, due to the weight of all padlocks, partially collapsed. However, couples decided to attach their padlocks elsewhere. In fact, all around the bridge, road posts and even garbage bins have been used to place these love padlocks. As an online replacement, a web site has been created allowing couples to use virtual padlocks. From July 2007, for people in love, it's possible to attach padlocks again thanks to steel columns put by the mayor.] Similar Love padlocks traditions have appeared in other places of Italy and Europe. The bridge is also an important meeting venue for young Romans, especially during summer. In fact, from May to July "the bridge", is crowded by hundreds of young boys and girls in summer break after the end of the school. In winter, due to the cold, they normally meet during the weekends in the numerous bars near the bridge for the typical "aperitivo" (happy hour) from 6 to 8 pm. On September 2012 the authorities decided to remove all padlocks by force.
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jurek1951 (40949) 2014-04-23 8:48
great view, this is a superb photo of this famous bridge, the composition is spectacular, beautiful lights and details,
Silvio1953 (115815) 2014-04-23 8:50
Ciao Romano, un cielo così bello ce l'hai dipinto a mano :), bella prospettiva e magnifica nitidezza, bravissimo, ciao Silvio
ikeharel (52153) 2014-04-23 9:01
One bridge too far.. for a tourist like myself - never been to this side of Roma.
good depth created by the length of the old bridge across the Tiber, daylight enhanced its green water texture, and show well the gate and dome on far side. A fine shot.
Bravo & buona serata,
amaryllis (33426) 2014-04-23 9:17
Une fois de plus un superbe cadrage de ce Pont de Rome sur le Tibre, important pont sous l'ère romaine d'après ton explication et en effet on remarque la porte à l'issue et aussi beaucoup de végétation.
Ce pont est assez pittoresque avec ces arches et ta présentation est excellente
Gigidusud (13235) 2014-04-23 9:17
Ottimo punto di visto sullo ponte. Bellissima composizione con un fantastico cielo e un bel effetto sull'acqua. Complimenti!
Un caro saluti.
cornejo (27915) 2014-04-23 9:57
Romano Ciao, molto buona immagine di questo bellissimo ponte e interessante prospettiva di fondo, molto ben composta e catturato questa bella immagine con una buona nitidezza, profondità, luce e bel colore. Ottimo lavoro perfettamente fatto, complimenti amico mio. Grazie per la condivisione di questo interessante lavoro.
Buona notte e felice settimana.
I migliori auguri da sud della Spagna.
holmertz (36989) 2014-04-23 10:09
For this photo you found a very good POV where you could anchor the composition in the trees below you. From the left side the bridge makes a diagonal across the very green river, through the "gate" and on to the church further back. The colours are strong and, as always, well saturated, and the clouds are nicely shaped. The note about the love padlocks is interesting. This has become a popular habit everywhere, but I never heard before of this proof of ever-lasting love attached to garbage bins.
Cricri (101149) 2014-04-23 11:14
Bonne prise en diagonale du vieux pont avec ces arches, le bâtiment avec le drapeau, bonne profondeur, couleurs et netteté excellente présentation
nikkitta (13192) 2014-04-23 11:27
Good composition in big format, it lets fully admire bridge and surroundings from a creative point of view, as always color and shapness are well managed with the help of o so blue sky
Like the red catching color given by the flag on top of the tower at the back ( which building is it?)
Very good capture, congrats
Concerning the padlocks , is a use spread all over the world, from Israel to China
I have in my gallery someones hanging on the Bridge of Love in Paris
rbassin (16240) 2014-04-23 12:01
une bonne prise de vue, l'angle est intéressant, s'ouvrant sur le pont et sur d'imposants nuages.
mesutilgim (79916) 2014-04-23 12:23
Another topclass capture from Rome ; again a not much known part of the city. Good chosen portrait format fits perfectly to your compo.
Many interesting notes makes your entry a perfect TE entry.
TFS and best regards
carlo62 (27474) 2014-04-23 15:41
un bel taglio verticale baciato da un'ottima luce e, in accordo con Silvio, un cielo "disegnato".
elenimavrandoni (14231) 2014-04-23 17:32
Romano, ma che bella é la tua Roma!!! che dire??
complimenti per il tuo lavoro meraviglioso e complimenti per essere nato in questo paese afascinante!!!
npecanhuk (60794) 2014-04-23 19:30
Very interesting and attractive picture with excellent sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov, vertical format and composition!
TFS - congrats,
Corry (4508) 2014-04-23 20:03
Beau point de vue sur ce vieux pont qui a vu passer beaucoup d'amoureux. Belle perspective qui conduit le regard jusqu'à la porte d'entrée du pont et même jusqu'à l'église au fond. Note intéressante. Bien fait.
COSTANTINO (51208) 2014-04-23 23:00
Bella foto del ponte
ottima prospetiva con profondita belli colori
ed ottimo POV
emka (73093) 2014-04-23 23:35
Ciao Romano, beautiful image of this another bridge in Rome. Excellent composition, nice colours and picturesque sky. Beautiful gate.
WArm regrads MAlgo
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-04-23 23:48
extraordinary picture and of very high quality. The choice of the format as well as the composition is very good in here. The bridge links the banks of the river at nice angle and leads an eye towards group of interesting architecture. The greenery at the bottom frames the image and the sky with some picturesque looking clouds gives very pretty background.
I like the colors which have been nicely saturated yet staying natural as well as well managed light.
Thanks for sharing and all the best
macjake (51972) 2014-04-23 23:58
I like that you show us these new, or at least less common views in Rome.
nice to see the Italian flag too, thats a good added bonus.
amazing cloud coverage makes the scene more enjoyable as well. lovely city shot
lousat (72137) 2014-04-24 1:16
Ciao Romano,molto bello il ponte,bruttini i condomini che si vedono sulla sinistra ma non è colpa tua ovviamente..ehehe....poco da dire sullo scatto che ancora una volta presenta un'eccellente qualita',e non era facile in questi differenti livelli di luce.Buona giornata,Luciano
Mics (643) 2014-04-24 1:28
Il POV mostrando gli archi e la chiarezza del tiro fatto questa immagine spiccano. Bella lì.
Avere una bella giornata :-)
snunney (79459) 2014-04-24 2:30
The point of view is excellent with the line of the bridge drawing the viewer in toward the domed church in the background. The light is also very good and the colours pleasing and well saturated. Very good sharpness. I have to say I find these love padlocks a bit twee and a rather an eyesore not to say somewhat dangerous. Similar problems are experienced by the authorities in Paris; perhaps they could learn something from their counterparts in Rome.
JanArie (497) 2014-04-24 5:51
Hi Romano, this is a great photo with this bridge. Good pov and the vertical position of the photo works very well.
Very well done!
Graal (95343) 2014-04-24 10:53
nice view of old bridge in Roma. Good POV and composition. Well done photo. Fine colors and light also.
Have a nice evening.
berek (33301) 2014-04-24 23:10
what a wonderful clouds . very good composition with natural colors. congratulations.
irek1 (823) 2014-04-25 1:03
Fantastic view, great bridge & nice colors. Very good contrast between deep blue sky with intersting clouds and white beige tones of the buidings.
Very well done--
abmdsudi (39470) 2014-04-25 8:45
Stunning capture of the spanning ancient bridge and the city scene in such a delightful warm light and rich colors tones aided by the wonderful cotton clouds. A standout captured from impressive viewpoint and perspective and i think this is quite a mean feat in getting it. A powerful image so well taken, Congrats
photoray (10097) 2014-04-25 14:19
Interesting angle, showing the ancient Milvian Bridge with its impressive Roman arches crossing the Tiber.
I never have understood the attraction of padlocks on bridges, though I do remember "Three Coins in a Fountain" as a romantic movie from my youth.
Thanks for sharing,
Didi (54945) 2014-04-25 16:56
Great deep picture with a nice perspective on the foreground
The old bridge has a great importance in this composition
pili51 (743) 2014-04-26 12:31
il taglio verticale e la gran prospettiva stretta conferiscono al ponte un carattere forte, ottima esposizione, un bel mix per un bellissimo risultato.
Bellissima luce e colores. Molto buono ed interessante lavoro ben fatto, complimenti amico mio. Grazie per la condivisione di questo bel lavoro.
Ti auguro splendide domenica, un abbraccio e un sorriso, simpaticamente e amichevolmente.
SWEETFREEDOM (21586) 2014-04-27 0:26
Bel p.o.v. laterale. mi piacciono molto anche la luce ed i colori.
delpeoples (52443) 2014-04-27 1:08
Adoro questo ponte, un icone di roma. Questa veduta peró é originale e bellissimo. Ottimo il taglio verticale ed il gestione della luce. Il tema di verde - nel fiume degli alberi - ha creato una tranquillitá e romanticismo inconfondabilmente "romana".
Ho suggerito questa canzone per una delle mie foto romane, potrei offrirla per la tua: Gli Amanti Di Roma.
Un abbraccio e buona domenica
ruisc_pt (10357) 2014-04-27 15:54
Ciao Romano Lattanzi
It's amazing to see how the romans were eficient engineers to build these beautiful engineering art of work
omid266 (3202) 2014-05-02 21:38
una bella immagina del Ponte Milvio, molto atterraente ed attrattivo,
buon POV, buon colori e Grazie mille,
Saluti , Buona Fortuna ***
Kielia (22913) 2014-05-03 8:07
a very fascinating sight and an excellently composed impression of this well known bridge due to your outstanding skills. The light and the colors are fantastic. The photographer’s perspective is also excellent. And I read your note with great interest. My compliments!
clic (14098) 2014-05-10 7:28
It's a pity that all the love padlocks had been removed; I intended to hang one of those to the handrail of this historic stone bridge because I'm falling in love with it's elegant arches spanning over the river!
So much greenery on each side of The Tiber wraps it up as a precious jewel.
Thanks for showing!
adores (34330) 2014-05-31 16:08
Very good, the pov, the format and the colours. You managed light very well here and I like the composition with those clouds above the bridge!
Angshu (54689) 2014-06-04 0:14
The tale of the padlocks is indeed highly interesting! Your note made a good read. The perspective of the bridge is beautifully done, but I also like the fine architecture at the end of it on the other side.
Your city is replete with the jewels of architecture...thanks for sharing the same with us every day!
- Copyright: Romano Lattanzi (Romano46) (16578)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-04-17
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 700D, Canon EF 28-135mm IS USM, HOYA 67mm HD Circular Polarize
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): The bridges of Rome [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-04-23 8:30