rome’s newest bridge spanning the river tiber is not yet a year old.
beautiful? yes, definitely. useful? absolutely not.
this is the first bridge to be built in rome in many many years. not yet a year old, rome’s ponte della musica is built with high-manitenance materials such as steel arches which need frequent repainting and hardwood walkways already showing signs of ageing.
it is perfectly useless, as it links two sidewalks that run along two four-lane highways – the lungotevere.
you can walk or ride your bicycle on it. the difficult part is trying to find someone who wants to ride his bike from one highway to another, a bare 200 meters away.
cars can’t drive across it. buses will, oneday – maybe – be allowed to use it. or maybe a tram. who knows? especially – someone up high is shrugging it off – who cares? it’s all done with public money anyway. we took the photo ops at the inauguration, now let the next batch of public officials deal with all the nitty-gritty.
welcome to italy at its most beautiful. its sloppiest beautiful
EXTRA: you want to see for yourself the extent of italian sloppiness? take a look at ponte della musica’s official website, which looks suspiciously like it was last updated before work even began. but wait… wasn’t that about twelve years ago…?