Ponte Matteotti, which was designed by Augusto Antonelli, was opened on April 21st 1929, the anniversary of the foundation of Rome. An image of an eagle, wings outspread and flanked by the fasces, adorns the central arch of the bridge.
The three-arched bridge was originally called Ponte del Littorio, but following the defeat of the Fascist regime it was renamed Ponte Giacomo Matteotti after the eponymous socialist deputy, who lived nearby.
In the summer of 1924 Matteotti, a vocal critic of Mussolini, was kidnapped and killed by a group of fascists.
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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