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Rione V Ponte

Rione Ponte was named after Ponte S. Angelo. It borders to the east on Campo Marzio, Sant'Eustachio, Parione and Regola while on the other sides it is surrounded by the river.
For a map of the Roman quarters (Rioni) click here.

Coat of arms
Coat of arms of Rione Ponte

The coat of arms of Rione Ponte shows a bridge with a statue at each end, a reference to the statues of St. Peter and St Paul at the beginning of Ponte S. Angelo. The bridge however is not part of Rione Ponte, but of Rione Borgo to which it was assigned in 1586 by Sixtus V, when he created that rione.
Apart from a few small reliefs on the walls and in the courtyards of some buildings and from the ruins of Ponte Trionfale, Rione Ponte has no other signs of Ancient Rome. During the Renaissance the northern part of the Rione gravitated towards Via dei Coronari and the various businesses related to the flux of pilgrims, while the southern part was known for the many banchi (banks) opened by members of rich Florentine families. Rione Ponte flourished during the Renaissance and it has retained many houses of that period, including some with the painted decoration which made the area a sort of open air gallery.

A walk in Rione Ponte
Coat of Arms of Innocentius VIII near Palazzo Tanari, Roman reliefs near Palazzo del Vescovo di Cervia, a madonnella near Via de' Coronari

Rione Ponte has a lot to offer to those who walk in its narrow streets, among the least known of historical Rome.

Rione Ponte
1777 Map of Rione Ponte

Legend of the numbers in the map:
3) Albergo dell'Orso
10) Palazzo Lancellotti
13) Piazza di Ponte
23) S. Maria della Pace

Rione Ponte Teatro Tordinona Arco di Parma S. Maria in Posterula S. Salvatore in Lauro Palazzo Lancellotti S. Simeone Profeta Palazzo Cesi Palazzi di Via della Maschera d'Oro S. Salvatore in Primicerio SS. Simone e Giuda Palazzo Sacchetti Sant'Anna de' Bresciani San Biagio della Pagnotta Santa Maria del Suffragio Oratorio del Gonfalone Santi Celso e Giuliano Arco dei Banchi Palazzo Alberici Oratorio di San Celso Palazzo del Banco di S. Spirito Palazzo Vecchiarelli Palazzo Cesarini Sforza Palazzo del Vescovo di Cervia Palazzo dei Pupazzi Casa di Vicolo Cellini S. Giovanni dei Fiorentini Palazzo De Rossi Collegio Bandinelli Palazzo del Consolato Palazzo Boncompagni Corcos Palazzo Capponi Stampa Palazzo di Monte Giordano Palazzo Tanari Casa di Teodoro Amayden Palazzo Gambirasi Santa Maria della Pace Santa Maria dell'Anima Collegio Germanico S. Apollinare Tor Sanguigna Palazzo Altemps Albergo dell'Orso Palazzo Primoli Torre Scapucci
Main monuments of Rione Ponte

The red X mark the main changes which occurred after 1777:
a) line linking several X along the river: in the 1880s huge walls were erected along the Tiber: this effort included a redesign of the river front which required the pulling down of many buildings;
b) line linking three X in the top right quarter: a new bridge (Ponte Umberto) completed in 1896 led in the following years to the opening of a modern road (Via Zanardelli) which isolated the most eastern section of Ponte from the rest of the rione;
c) diagonal line linking four X and starting at the top left corner: in the 1880s a large road (Corso Vittorio Emanuele) and a new bridge ensured better communication between the Vatican and the center of Rome: this heavily impacted on the continuity of Rione Ponte;
d) horizontal line linking two X: a new bridge (Ponte Principe Amedeo) in the late 1930s and the road linking it with Corso Vittorio Emanuele led to the pulling down of some buildings belonging to the Florentine community living next to S. Giovanni dei Fiorentini.

The different colours group the monuments which are shown in the same page.

-Torre ScapucciWith monuments of S. Eustachio.
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Pace-
Chiesa di Santa Maria dell'Anima-
Palazzo Boncompagni CorcosWith monuments of Parione
Palazzo Capponi StampaWith monuments of Parione
-Albergo dell'OrsoWith monuments of Campo Marzio.
-Palazzo PrimoliWith monuments of Campo Marzio.
Palazzo del Collegio Germanico-
Palazzo Altemps-
Chiesa di S. Apollinare-
- Torre Sanguigna-
Palazzo Sacchetti-
Chiesa di Sant'Anna de' BrescianiLost
Chiesa di San Biagio della Pagnotta-
Oratorio del Gonfalone-
Chiesa di Santa Maria del Suffragio-
Chiesa di S. Giovanni dei Fiorentini-
Palazzo De Rossi-
Palazzo del Collegio Bandinelli-
Palazzo del Consolato-
Chiesa dei Santi Celso e Giuliano-
Oratorio di San Celso-
-Arco dei Banchi-
Palazzo del Banco di S. Spirito-
Palazzo Alberici-
Palazzo Vecchiarelli-
Palazzo Sforza Cesarini-
Palazzo dei Pupazzi-
Palazzo del Vescovo di Cervia-
Casa di Vicolo Cellini-
Chiesa di San Simeone Profeta-
Chiesa dei Santi Simone e Giuda-
Chiesa di San Salvatore in Lauro-
Chiesa di Santa Maria in PosterulaLost
Chiesa di San Salvatore in PrimicerioLost
-Arco di ParmaLost
Palazzi di Via della Maschera d'Oro-
-Teatro di TordinonaLost
Palazzo Lancellotti-
Palazzo Cesi-
-Ponte S. Angelo-
Palazzo TanariWith monuments of Parione
Casa di Teodoro AmaydenWith monuments of Parione
Palazzo GambirasiWith monuments of Parione
Palazzo di Monte GiordanoWith monuments of Parione

You can start your tour of Rione Ponte from Albergo dell'Orso.
You can also have a look at it from the Janiculum: S. Giovanni dei Fiorentini, and Porto di Ripetta.

I - MontiII - Trevi
III - ColonnaIV - Campo Marzio
V - PonteVI - Parione
VII - RegolaVIII - Sant'Eustachio
IX - PignaX - Campitelli
XI - Sant'AngeloXII - Ripa
XIII - TrastevereXIV - Borgo

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