The Acqua bridge

A roman bridge in Val Ponci

The roman Acqua bridge in Val Ponci takes its name from the fact that it is close to a modern building that belongs to the finalese aqueduct. The bridge still has its single arch that is 5,9 m wide, the width of the base is 3,65 m and it’s 2,05m high for a section of 6 m2 of water to flow.

This bridge was also part of the Augustan structures of the via Iulia Augusta, initiated by the emperor Augustus in 13 B.C. so to connect the area of the Po Valley to southern Gaul. The road reached the coast at Vada Sabatia (Vado Ligure). Of all the infrastructures of this roman road in Val Ponci there are five bridges datable between the Augustan age and 125 A.D.

This bridge was founded directly on the bedrock, a limestone and dolomite formation, and doesn’t present piers or works for containment. The arch had a small archivolt, probably in Finale Stone, that was completely removed to be used in rural walls. To make the wall vestment square blocks of dolomitic-limestone, quartzite and, subordinately, micascists were used in the petit appareil or “small apparatus” building technique.

The bridge was restored in 1953 and is still in good condition today.

To discover close to the Acqua bridge

The Muto (or Voze) bridge is situated in Val Ponci where the altimetry of the valley lowers drastically going from over 200 m to just 183 m a.s.l.
The Fate bridge is situated lower down in the Rio Ponci valley; it is 164 m a.s.l. The name comes from the dialectal word “faje” which means sheep.
The remains of the roman Magnone bridge are situated in a thick woodland setting at around 290 m a.s.l. in proximity of the head of Val Ponci under San Giacomo where the precedent river basin was cut with the formation of the current Val Ponci fossil valley system.
Only the ramps remain of the Sordo bridge while the arch that arched over Rio Ponci was lost.
On the steep eastern slope of Val Ponci, between the Acqua and Voze bridges, there is a vast area where Finale stone was extracted with three big quarries. The extraction areas were at an altitude between 217 and 238 m a.s.l.

HOW TO REACH

THE ACQUA BRIDGE

How to reach the site

Val Ponci can be explored on foot or by bike starting from Verzi or coming down from Colla di San Giacomo close to Magnone.

Visit

Guided tours in the valley are part of the Archeotrekking events, organised by the Archaeological Museum of Finale.

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