Via Flaminia - Spoleto Sanguinario Bridge
The Sanguinario Bridge (Ponte Sanguinario) was on the ancient Roman road Via Flaminia where it crossed the Tessino stream on leaving Spoleto. It was still in use in the middle ages, but was eventually buried. It has been excavated and you can see it beneath the Piazza della Vittoria. Two arches of the bridge remain. The arches are not the same size, so it is thought that it was a three arch bridge, with the center arch being bigger. It was probably built in about 27BC, during the time of Augustus, when many of the bridges on the Via Flaminia were built.
Location: Italy - Umbria - Terni - Spoleto
Category: Ancient Roman
Tags: Via Flaminia, Bridge
The entrance to the Ponte Sanguinario is on the eastern side of Piazza della Vittoria, outside the Spoleto city walls. It is only open in summer, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 - 12:00 and 17:00 - 19:00. To visit at other times, contact the tourist office. You walk down a set of stairs to a platform in front of the excavated arches.
Day trip contributed by Pauline Kenny
Spoleto is a good city for a day trip or to use as a base when staying in Umbria. There are other ancient Roman sites: a theater, an amphitheater, a villa, an arch on the Via Flaminia, and exposed parts of the original Via Flaminia.
Read more: Glossary - Via Flaminia.