The Bridge of Tiberius in Rimini, in reality was not designed by Tiberius who, however, gave it his name. While calling it “Tiberius” in fact, the bridge was designed and initiated by his predecessor Augustus. The same that is called the Arc. Its construction started in 14 A.D. under the rule of Augustus and the end of the work took place in 21 AD under the reign of Tiberius.
Built in Istria stone as the Arc, it also incorporates a style simple and at the same time harmonious. The structure consists of five round arches. The size of these bows varies increasingly as we move toward the center where there is the larger arc. The bridge came from two consular roads, the Via Emilia which goes to Piacenza and Via Popilia-Annia which goes up to Aquileia.
The legend has it that this bridge was actually created by the devil and is due to the presence of two marks resembling the footprint of goat feet, placed on the balustrade on the supply side. More likely, however it could have been grooves for mounting of pulleys used to hoist materials from the boats coming from under the bridge.
The Tiberius Bridge is the only bridge in the city navigating the river Marecchia that during the Second World War, the German army could not demolished. Even today the bridge is busy and is used for the passage of cars and trucks.
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