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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timecapturer (49288) 2014-04-25 5:32
wonderfully inviting perspective here. Lovely crisp light that brings out all the detail and setting so beautifully. Shame about the litter! I have picked up so much in my time so that it does not appear in shot! Still a captivating image though, love the sky.
Have a good weekend - B.
serp2000 (41700) 2014-04-25 6:01
I have never been in Roma and I have big interest to this city. Good composition, perfect DoF! Good illustration of your historic note, TFS!
Have a great weekend!
amaryllis (35595) 2014-04-25 6:10
en effet là, je vois bien la porte au bout du pont, une belle profondeur, un beau ciel accompagné de nuages blancs, une belle luminosité une belle symétrie ; quoi dire de plus que ta réalisation est bien représentée
Nicou (127964) 2014-04-25 7:16
quelle vue et perspective sueprbe quel pont et ce pavage très très ancien ont est attiré vers le fond sueprbe cadrage et mise en valeur.
Bravo et amitié
Giustiniani (3538) 2014-04-25 7:29
quelle superbe perspective! La grande qualité de la photo permet d'apprécier tous les détail de cette belle composition. Très réussi.
jurek1951 (42194) 2014-04-25 7:31
a very spectacular photo of this famous place, the composition is superb, great lights and superb details,
SNOOP_Chan (4363) 2014-04-25 8:25
Ciao Romano, very nice image here. I like the symetry of the composition. I've been to Rome myself but i don't remember this bridge. But it's been a while and memories tend to fade. Good take, good light on the composition, not too agressive.
rychem (26860) 2014-04-25 9:04
Clever idea to create so long perspective by a bridge, excellent photo with great clarity and details
Noel_Byrne (26651) 2014-04-25 10:57
Ora, questo è quello che io chiamo di profondità! Questa immagine invita veramente l'occhio di andare oltre e di esplorare la scena e vedere cosa c'è alla fine di questo lungo e imponente ponte. Leggendo la nota, camminando qui deve essere come camminare attraverso il tempo! Vedo che i lucchetti dell'amore fanno la loro comparsa anche qui, io non sono ancora sicuro di come mi sento su di loro. Alcuni dicono che sono brutto come il peccato, ma la loro intenzione è abbastanza bello. Ho visto apparire a Dublino troppo, ed è difficile farne una buona foto, qualcosa su lucchetti di dimensioni industriali non sembra così romantico.
Grande post come sempre, grazie
Silvio1953 (128528) 2014-04-25 12:37
Ciao Romano, gran bella prospettiva e solito favoloso cielo romano, bella, bravo, ciao Silvio
elenimavrandoni (14209) 2014-04-25 14:34
un punto di vista molto affascinante
una luce magnifica e una grande presentazione, immagine e nota
con la tua firma sempre molto artistica
carlo62 (37340) 2014-04-25 14:49
vista diretta con grande prospettiva creata con le spallette del ponte.
Poche le persone, ma essenziali, come le nuvole bianche nel cielo blu.
dip (23822) 2014-04-26 2:47
an excellent sharp and clear image with amazing perspective and interesting details,
well captured and composed,
thanks for sharing,
fabianoleite (9671) 2014-04-26 9:29
Wonderful place, I like the symmetry created by the centered arch, all very well arranged. Nice work, congratulations!
mohammad_H (9706) 2014-04-26 11:16
Two parallel lines of depth to the foreground, a beautiful sky background, the most important factor in image quality Spectacular and eye-catching Good work
Corry (4508) 2014-04-26 13:40
Belle perspective sur le pont et sa porte sous un ciel magnifique. La présence des piétons met de la vie à l'image. Salutations.
ricardomattos (4985) 2014-04-26 18:05
What a beauty of perspective in this nice place. Beautiful shot with very nice colors, sharpness and excellent POV.
jemaflor (88237) 2014-04-26 23:31
Very well ramed and great depth effect with this symetrical photo, light is well captured, nice colors, tfs.
gildasjan (42204) 2014-04-27 0:59
Une image bien nette et bien exposée pour cette perspective au cadrage soigné.
Cricri (110295) 2014-04-27 2:27
Ici une vue sur le pont qui complète très bien avec celle déjà présenter, bonne perspective et centrale de la porte, belle architecture avec le drapeau, les détails comme les lampadaires du pont, belle image
mesutilgim (88220) 2014-04-27 3:52
We are continuing to learn not much knowm different Parts of Rome through your eye and lenses.
Also this one is quite interesting.
Another perfect TE entry in your gallery with many interesting and usefull notes.
TFS and have a nice Sunday
Graal (99510) 2014-04-28 0:47
nice presentation of famous bridge in Roma. Good symmetric composition. Fine colors and light also. Large format is very good.
Have a nice day.
adramad (39806) 2014-04-29 7:48
Una magnifica vista dal centro del ponte, che conduce l'occhio verso lo splendido edificio che controlla la stessa, con il suo ingresso ad arco, un meraviglioso paradiso è un buon bonus per la composizione.
Una splendida colorata, che esalta la bellezza dell'immagine.
Molto ben gestito l'illuminazione e molto buona nitidezza.
Complimenti. I love it.
Vi auguro una buona giornata.
Tutti i migliori.
emka (84305) 2014-04-29 23:05
Ciao caro Romano,
Excellent shot from the bridge, with great perspective and good colours. Lovely sjy with puffy clouds. But even in Rome they thorw litter! I would rather removce it or at least clone :). Stunning sharpness, we can even read about the bridge.
Kave a nice day
COSTANTINO (58813) 2014-04-30 22:53
Good morning my dear friend
I chose this shot because I liked the great
symmetry and the clouds running into the
dynamic blue sky
a real spectacular view
many wishes again for 1st of the new month
delpeoples (54471) 2014-05-14 19:01
Avendo visto le tue foto precedente del ponte Milvio, abbiamo adesso visto questo bellissimo ponte da tutti i POV. Mi piace la prospettiva con le linee convergente. Gli occhi sono guidati verso " il portone" del ponte. Il cielo con quelle nuvole augmentono quall prospettiva. Hai fatto bene con la luce e colori forti. Complimenti e ti auguro una bella serata.
mkamionka (32043) 2014-06-09 5:44
the bridge itself would be quite boring but the frontal symmetry resulted in a nice geometry. The building in the center seems interesting plus the sky was so pretty. Beautiful final effect.
Very well seen and captured!
- Copyright: Romano Lattanzi (Romano46) (18472)
- 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/8, 1/200 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): The bridges of Rome [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-04-25 5:21