Pont-Saint-Martin (Aosta Valley)
|Residents||3,638 (Dec. 31, 2019)|
|Population density||606 inhabitants / km²|
|Patron saint||San Lorenzo|
Pont-Saint-Martin lies at an altitude of orographic left side of the Dora Baltea at the entrance to the Aosta Valley , on the border with the Piedmont region . The Via Francigena runs through the village .on the
The name of the municipality comes from the Roman bridge Pont-Saint-Martin , which crosses the mountain stream Lys and over which all traffic rolled through the Aosta Valley for almost 2000 years. The Roman road Via Publica led over the 31 m long and 23 m high bridge from the Po plain over the little Saint Bernard to Gaul . It was still used for traffic in the 19th century.
During the fascism , the place officially bore the Italianized name Ponte San Martino from 1929 . The renaming was reversed in 1946.
Today the place is a small industrial center in the lower Aosta Valley.
- Pont-Saint-Martin (Aosta Valley). In: Structurae
- Picture and description of the Pont-Saint-Martin bridge in Italian