When is the last time you heard the bridge construction going?
It was a quiet Tuesday morning in January, and a group of men in white suits were busy building a popsicle-style bridge to bridge the gap between Italy’s two biggest cities.
Italian President Sergio Mattarella has announced a new bridge, known as the Sistine Chapel, between Rome and Naples.
The bridge, with a span of more than 1,400 meters (4,600 feet), is intended to be one of the world’s tallest structures, with an elevation of almost 8,500 meters (29,100 feet).
Mattarella announced the construction of the bridge in February, with construction expected to begin next year.
He is also looking to expand the construction project to a second pontoon bridge that will carry over the Via Dolorosa, the main canal, and to the Via Coccina, a major road connecting Naples to Rome.
Mattarella, who has previously called for the construction to be extended to two other bridges, said he will make the bridge more accessible for people with mobility problems.
Mattana’s announcement sparked controversy among politicians, with many people calling for a separate pontoon crossing to be built along the Via Aurelia.
Mattia is not the only Italian politician to oppose the pontoon plan.
Prime Minister Enrico Letta has said that he will vote against the plan.
However, Mattarella, a centrist who is considered a potential candidate for next year’s presidential election, is pushing ahead with the project.
“We have decided to go ahead with building the Sesica Chapel,” Mattarella said in a statement.
“I think the public will benefit from it.”
Mattarella said the bridge is a “symbol of unity” between Rome, Naples and Naples, and is a part of the project’s “spiritual mission”.
Mattarella’s spokesman, Mario Scavone, said the construction would be “more efficient and cost-effective”.
The project is also a part in the wider efforts of Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who in December pledged to construct two more pontoon bridges over the Sesto Val di Torre, the city’s main artery, and the Via dei Pergola, the northernmost one.
Renzi’s government is currently under pressure from the country’s opposition to expand and extend the countrys $8.5 billion (€7.5bn) aid package to the country, which has already been extended three times in the past decade.