The pons sits on the clivus.
It is also called the pons Varolii (“bridge of Varoli”), after the Italian anatomist and surgeon Costanzo Varolio (1543–75).
It is cranial to the medulla oblongata, caudal to the midbrain, and ventral to the cerebellum. In humans and other bipeds, this means it is above the medulla, below the midbrain, and anterior to the cerebellum. This white matter includes tracts that conduct signals from the cerebrum down to the cerebellum and medulla, and tracts that carry the sensory signals up into the thalamus.