Extreme drought brings out the underwater ruins of an ancient bridge in Rome!

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While most parts of the world receive heavy rains, there is one area in Rome, Italy that is suffering from severe drought. However, the drought exposed a valuable ancient Roman possession, Nero’s Bridge. The ruins of the archaeological treasury are prominently displayed as the water level of the Tiber has fallen extremely low due to continuous heat waves and lack of rain.

The bridge was built by Roman Emperor Nero, during his reign between 54 and 68 AD. The river had engulfed the iconic bridge long ago, but miracles can happen at any time. The bridge has now reappeared and can be seen right under another iconic Rome bridge, the Vittorio Emmanuele II.


Nero was the fifth Roman Empire, who committed suicide at the age of 30. He made the decision to end his life after being declared a public enemy by the Roman Senate. The origins of the bridge are uncertain and according to historians it may have existed in the area before Nero and was likely a reconstruction of an earlier crossing.

Extreme drought brings out the underwater ruins of an ancient bridge in Rome!

As for the bridge, it is also known as Pons Neronianus and appeared in the heart of Rome near Castel Sant’Angelo and the Vatican. However, this is not the first time the bridge has appeared. People have seen it before when the water levels have dropped very low.

Robert Coates-Stephens, an archaeologist at the British School of Rome, said: “The remains of this Roman bridge are visible whenever the water level of the Tiber drops, so whenever there are long periods – like now – very light rainfall.”

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