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The Roman Bridge

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In 1949 were discovered in the territory of Ceggia's municipality, in the land belonging to the brothers Girolamo and Paolo Loro, the ruins of two piers and of both heads of a Roman bridge.
The handmade bridge had been built with sandstone blocks, coming from the quarries of Friuli's foothills of the Alps, of different sizes, going from a minimum of mt 1.40 x 0.66 x 0.20 to a maximum of mt 2.80 x 0.80 x 0.30.

The blocks, mostly attached each other with mortar, present somewhere marginal grooves left by iron vices, that must have been there to give more compactness to the building.
The bridgeheads measure mt 6.20/6.10 x 9.00, both piers are 8 m long and respectively 1,60 mt and 1.70 wide. They are quoin-shaped both above and below, in accordance with an usual Roman technique, aimed one side at breaking the stream's force and on the other side at preventing the formation of whirlpools and blocks.
The bridge formed three arches: the chord of the middle one is 8,25 m. long, the ones of the side arches respectively 7.40 and 6.75 mt.

From the width of the arches - of which nothing remains, except an initial prismatic block, on which the extrados elements were based - it can be deduced that they must have been low.
The intrados, as per elements found during the excavation, was made of bricks attached each other with mortar.
The communication trench must have been about 6 mt wide, as can be deduced from the width of the protective parapets, of which a 40 cm thick shaped element was recovered.
The bridge served the Canalat-Piavon, a stream with a winding course, rectified in the first half of 19th century by the Lombard-Venetian Kingdom.
It was set along the Via Annia, which route is still visible from aerial photographies, depicting the stretch from the 'Grassaga' stream to Prà Levada (Venice), the latter few km from the ruins of the bridge.

Address and Info

Address: 30022, Ceggia


Additional information: Text and pictures from the books 'La via Annia, Memoria e presente' , by the Province of Venice, Arsenale Publishing House of Venice