DISCOVER ITALIAN BRIDGES
There are of all kinds: Donkey’s back, covered, with semi-circular arches, of stone or steel, built on the rest of ancient Roman aqueducts or designed by contemporaneous architects. Italian bridges are historical, elegant, amazing: here below you can find the list of the 10 best. Don’t miss it!
Fermignano Bridge – Marche
It is of Roman origin the three arch bridge with passes through the Metauro and around which the historical center of Fermignano is developed. Just next to the bridge you can see an impressive tower which was built, using the same technique of the bridge, in defense of this passage.
Echallod Bridge – Valle D’Aosta
Among the stone bridges designed in Romanic style nowadays still standing, the one of Echallod, which connects the ominous town to Arnada, presents unique characteristics: the “donkey’s back” symmetrical structure stays on three big semi-circular arches which are propped on the sides by spurs made by mortar and stones.
Ponte del Diavolo – Friuli Venezia Giulia
The Ponte del Diavolo is one of the symbol of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region. Divided in two big arches of different width and resting on three pylons. It is built by stones and it rests on a big natural boulder located in the Natisone River.
Ponte Gobbo – Emilia Romagna
Another bridge linked to several legends (also known as Devil’s Bridge)and with an extraordinary history, is dated Roman period. It is located in Bobbio and the name, Gobbo (hunchback) comes from its irregular shape. Of a length of less than 300 meters, it stands with its amazing arches of the Trebbia river.
Ponte delle Torri – Umbria
The Ponte delle Torri, located in Spoleto, is 236 meters long and 90 meters high. It is a huge ten-arcade work that connects Colle Sant’Elia with Monteluco. It is constituted of a road and a water canal supported by oval arcades and stone pillars. It can be reached after a long fine-view walk around the Rocca.
Ponte della Maddalena – Toscana
The Maddalena Bridge, also known as Devil’s Bridge, is an impressive medieval structure which connects Serchio River. It is the most important attraction of Borgo a Mozzano and it is an amazing medieval bridge of donkey’s back shape, which construction was decided in the XI Century by Matilde di Canossa.
Ponte dei Sospiri – Veneto
Probably the most famous of Venice and the most romantic one in the world, the Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs) always had something special. It is connected with the ancient prisons of the Serenissima and, for that, it has always been linked with legends and myths. The name would derived from the last sights of the prisoners which, for the last time, crossing the bridge before being imprisoned, would have able to see the world.