Ponte dell’Ammiraglio in Palermo
The monument is part of the Arab-Norman Palermo route and the Cathedrals of Cefalù and Monreale UNESCO World Heritage
The bridge refers to George of Antioch, admiral to King Roger II, who built the bridge in 1131 to connect the city to the gardens beyond the river Oreto. Still today it has maintained its function in the centre of Piazza Scaffa by representing a monument symbolising the connection between the centre of Palermo and the peripheral area of Brancaccio.
Its structure is characterised by very sharp arches that allowed the bridge to survive the terrible flooding of Palermo in February 1931. Later, for reasons of environmental safety, the course of the river was diverted and a garden now grows under the bridge.
On this bridge, in 1860 Garibaldi clashed with the Bourbon troops who were defending the southern entrance of the city. The night before, Garibaldi uttered the famous phrase at the Thousand’s camp in Gibilrossa to Bixio: Nino, tomorrow in Palermo. The uprising in Palermo followed the next day.