|Ponte della Musica, much busier than usual on a soccer night. The Stadio Olimpico is close by. Monte Mario in the background. View from our apartment. Skateboarding space below left.|
Today we offer a different "angle" on the bridge, both figuratively and literally. In June of this year we lived on the 6th floor of one of four 1930s-era apartment houses on Piazza Gentile da Fabriano, with an enormous terrace that overlooked the Ponte. No one in Rome lives closer to the bridge, or has a better view.
|The city, and the Alban Hills beyond, at dusk from Lo Zodiaco on Monte Mario. The white triangle, center right in the distance, is Calatrava's unfinished swimming pool.|
|French military cemetery.|
|We had cacio e pepe at Cacio e Pepe.|
|One of many brooding buildings in Prati.|
Enormous, gloomy apartment houses--most built without provision for the commercial establishments that breathe life into a neighborhood--abound on Prati's north end, and its center is laced with block-long, deadening military establishments. The southern end of Prati is lively and inviting, but it's also full of tourists--and it's a long walk (about 2 miles) from the Ponte della Musica.
|Gymnast doing backflips for the camera.|
From our 6th-floor perch we also learned that the bridge is important for the activities it fosters, which take place on the bridge and under it. Because the bridge is (for now) closed to motorized vehicles, and lies outside the regular tourist areas, it's open to a wider range of activities than the city's other pedestrian-only bridges. It's used for photo shoots--some of them, at least, with a professional air--featuring groups of men with cameras taking pictures of dressed-up young women. One day we witnessed a small crew filming a gymnast doing backflips.
The wooden side walkways attract individuals and couples, reading, talking, contemplating, relaxing as they look out over the Tevere. The wood walkways are also frequently used for yoga-like exercising, both by individuals and large, leader-led and organized groups. Joggers are frequent.
|Dude dancing on the bridge.|
The Ponte is also a performance space. On one occasion, three young women posed for a male companion while standing on the end-of-bridge stanchions. On another, we observed an aging
hipster, fresh from a physical confrontation with a nearby bar owner over an unpaid bill, break out into a strutting Michael Jackson-like moon dance.
Below the main deck, skateboarders practice their skills on the large, flat concrete surface at the Ponte's Flaminio end, leaping on and off sleek granite benches that were likely not intended for that purpose.
|Glass, broken cables, and a homeless man trying to sleep.|
|Scooter on the Ponte della Musica, a pedestrian bridge.|
used the bridge to cross the Tevere. On one occasion, a young man of about 14, dressed in what might be described as the uniform of a junior police officer--or some kind of boy scout--upbraided the offending moto rider--who, apparently nonplussed, proceeded across the bridge.
And so it goes, at the Ponte della Musica.
|Evening romance on the Ponte della Musica.|