Hannibal's Bridge

Rapallo, Italy

Hannibal's Bridge (Ponte Annibale) is apparently one of the oldest structures in Rapallo. This bridge was possibly used by Carthaginian commander Hannibal during his campaign against Rome in the second Punic War, where he possibly unloaded supplies on the Tigullia coast (region from Portofino to Anzo di Framura). The bridge could also be connected to the Battle of Trebbia (218 BC).

The structure's name first appears in a notary deed dated April 7, 1049, where it is claimed that 'Rainaldo donated some land near the bridge to the Genovese Church of Santa Maria di Castello'.

The bridge was renovated in 1733 after widespread flooding. Ninety years later, after the Kingdom of Sardinia had annexed all of Liguria, the final section of the creek that the bridge spanned was diverted to construct a new road to Santa Margherita. Today, the overgrown bridge is closed off to the public but is visibly located in downtown Rapallo, crossing over the Corso Cristoforo Colombo thoroughfare to Santa Margherita.

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Founded: 3rd century BCE
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Italy

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Federico Cascarino (2 years ago)
Not a Big deal
Leslie Shoemaker (2 years ago)
It's an unexpected lovely gm in the middle if town. It's no longer on use but still a nice addition to the area. Also, the bridge is named after Hannibal because it was thought he used this bridge at some point. It appears this is a myth as has been proven through research from historians. Quite remarkable to see thus still standing after what I believe is 2000 years.
Mariateresa Peluso (2 years ago)
The Hannibal bridge is an ancient bridge located in Rapallo, in the street that leads to Santa Margherita. Once under the bridge the Boate stream flowed, but following the floods, the bridge had to be restored and so it was decided to divert the river. Today it remains one of the tourist attractions of the city, it can be easily admired because it is also located near the port. Very characteristic ..
JEAN PAUL AMBROSIO (5 years ago)
Rapallo ville de bord de mer, parfait endroit pour visiter portofino et les 5 terres.
Lory Demartini (5 years ago)
Attribuito erroneamente ad Annibale,l'antico ponte in stile Romano,e' un pezzo di storia.Il piu' antico atto che da' notizia del ponte,e' del 7 aprile 1049.Tratta di una donazione dove Rainaldo dono' alla chiesa di Santa Maria di Castello i beni che possedeva a Rapallo tra cui le terre che si trovavano intorno al ponte.A causa di numerose alluvioni il ponte venne riparato e ristrutturato nel 1733....Novant'anni piu' tardi,nel 1823,si decise di deviare il torrente Boate nel tratto finale,per realizzare una nuova strada carrozzabile per Santa Margherita.Per questo motivo oggi il ponte rimane un opera da ammirare x la sua linea e x le antiche pietre.
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