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Ponte Sisto (Book 5) (Map C3) (Day 6) (View D8) (Rione Trastevere)

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The plate by Giuseppe Vasi
Today's view
Ponte Sisto

The Plate (No. 89)

Ponte Sisto

This second view of Ponte Sisto (to see the first one click here) is taken from Passo della Barchetta all'Armata the point where boats linked Via Giulia with Via della Lungara. The steps on the right side of the plate led to Monastero della SS. Croce usually known as Monastero delle Scalette (steps). The view is taken from the green dot in the small 1748 map here below. In the description below the plate Vasi made reference to: 1) Giardino Farnese; 2) Collegio Ecclesiastico; 3) S. Sabina sul Monte Aventino; 4) S. Grisogono. All are shown in detail in other pages.

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The view today

The quaying of the river and the trees do not allow any longer the old view. However the tip of S. Grisogono is still visible.

Ponte Sisto

Ponte Sisto

In 1450 a mule got restive on Ponte S. Angelo during a crowded Jubilee procession and many people fell into the river. In view of the forthcoming 1475 Jubilee, Sixtus IV built on the site of Pons Aurelius a new bridge to facilitate the access to the Vatican and avoid a repetition of the 1450 accident. The bridge has been recently restored with a new parapet (similar to that of Ponte Quattro Capi).

Ponte Sisto (2)

Excerpts from Giuseppe Vasi 1761 Itinerary related to this page:

Ponte Sisto
Janiculense fu l'antico nome di questo ponte per il monte Gianicolo, che li sta appresso; e se fu questo il rifabbricato dall'Imperatore Antonino, si puņ dire, che da questo furono fra gli altri buttati nel fiume i corpi de' ss. Calepodio, Ippolito, ed Adria, fermati poi intorno all'isola Tiberina. Indi restando per lungo tempo rotto, nell'anno 1473. fu rinnovato da Sisto IV. perciņ da questo ha preso il nome moderno.

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