The Muto (or Voze) bridge

A roman bridge in Val Ponci

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.

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 CE.

The roman bridge is one the best preserved and is still complete with its single arch. It was built almost entirely with Finale Stone blocks along with, although in less quantity, blocks of dolomitic-limestone and quartzite.

This bridge was built in the area of Finale stone over a small affluent to the left of the Rio Ponci river, the Rio Landrazza, a little above the confluence in the main river. The bridge is characterised by a single arch with a width of 5,5 m, with double ring arch of 4,9 m made of cuneiform blocks and a height of 3,4 m from the riverbed.
14m2 of water flows through the bridge.

The bridge core-and-veneer abutments, with a cover of small square blocks following the petit appareil or “small apparatus” technique, are founded on the alluvial levels of Rio Landrazza, of which the riverbed seems eroded, with the deepening of its level of 1 m compared to the probable roman level that was brought to light during the restoration works carried out in 1923 and 1953.

To discover close to the Muto bridge

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.
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.
Only the ramps remain of the Sordo bridge while the arch that arched over Rio Ponci was lost.
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.
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.



How to reach the site

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


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


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