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  • Steinerner Steg
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    The Steinerner Steg (Italian: Ponte Romano; German: Steinerner Steg) is a two-arched, stone-built footbridge across the Passer in Merano, Province of Bolzano-Bozen, northern Italy. The oldest bridge in the town, it connects the historic centre and the Steinach district with the Maia Alta / Obermais quarter.

    Photo 1, Steinerner Steg, Italy

    Photo 2, Steinerner Steg, Italy

    Steinerner Steg

    In 1615 the wooden aqueduct which spanned the river here had fallen into disrepair and the town (which was then capital of the County of Tyrol) decided to demolish it and build a stone bridge in its place.

    Photo 3, Steinerner Steg, Italy

    The following year Andrä Tanner, an architect from Brixen, was contracted to build the replacement. Scarcely had the works been completed, however, when the new bridge was washed away in a flood. The current structure was completed in 1617.

    Photo 4, Steinerner Steg, Italy


    “Steinerner Steg” is simply German name for “stone footbridge”, while “Ponte Romano” is the Italian equivalent of “Roman bridge”. Although the latter name has been taken to imply that the bridge might have ancient Roman origins, there is no solid evidence to support this conjecture. In fact “Ponte Romano” was only introduced on December 2, 1927 by the fascist authorities as part of their Italianization of South Tyrol campaign.


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