Ponte Sisto is a bridge in Rome’s historical center, spanning the Tiber River and connecting Piazza Trilussa to Via del Pettinari in Trastevere Neighborhood. The Renaissance bridge was built by Pope Sixtus IV between 1473 and 1479 as a replacement for an ancient bridge located in the same place before and named Pons Aurelius.
According to historical facts, in 1450, a mule became unruly on the bridge during a crowded Jubilee Year procession, and many people fell into the Tiber River. So, during the 1475 Jubilee Year, Pope Sixtus IV built a new bridge to contribute access to Saint Pietro. The Pope gave his name to the bridge and asked those who crossed the construction to pray for his health, as the inscription on Ponte Sisto said.
The bridge has two inscriptions written by Bartolomeo Platina, who was the librarian of Pope Sixtus
Ponte Sisto is one of the most lively bridges in Rome because it connects two night-life areas of Trastevere and Campo de Fiori. As a result, there are always a lot of locals and tourists, singers, artists, sellers of different things, and photographs. Moreover, the bridge has become part of Italy’s pop culture since you can see it in films, ads, or music clips.
Hotel Ponte Sisto is a former monastery with a fantastic courtyard, where a buffet breakfast is offered every morning. The hotel’s feature is its central location and modern, spacious rooms with all facilities. Undoubtedly, this hotel is one of my favorites in Rome! Read more in our article about Best 4 Star Hotels in Rome.
Ponte Sisto is a lively bridge with a beautiful Tiber River and Vatican views. Tell us about your opinion on this historical bridge!
Author: Kate Zusmann
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