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“impossibly elegant central arch on the Aurelian Way” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ponte della Maddalena (detto Ponte del Diavolo)

Ponte della Maddalena (detto Ponte del Diavolo)
SS 12, Borgo a Mozzano, Italy
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Type: Bridges, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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Owner description: Constructed during the era of the Countess Matilde di Canossa (1046-1115,) this medieval bridge that spans the Serchio River is said to have been built with the aid of the devil himself.
Stromboli, Italy
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“impossibly elegant central arch on the Aurelian Way”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

The Aurelian Way named for Marcus Aurelius the philosopher emperor, this stone bridge is en route from Rome to Pisa. Of course it has been been rebuilt circa late C11th and again C14th so it's not that old...

At nearly 40 meters wide its most striking feature from the distance are the impossibly elegant arches. Walking across what strikes you is how very narrow it is.

If you like the look of bridges this is a must see.

Visited July 2012
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Dundee, United Kingdom
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“My favourite spot near Lucca”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

Your must read the history and the story behind this bridge. Walk to the top and look back down either side and along the river it is spectacular yet simple.
There is a little parking area at the foot of the bridge as its for pedestrians only and you'll see why when you get there.

Visited July 2012
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Berlin, Germany
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“photo opportunity!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2012

if you like taking lots of photos during your travels, like i do, you will love this place. from the bridge (which is quiete impressive itself) you have a stunning view of the river, the surrounding mountains and the little houses. if you have the chance, try and stop nearby to spend a few moments on the bridge.

Visited August 2011
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“The stuff of legend”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

As your eleventh reviewer of this bridge which I can see from my garden high up in the hills overlooking the river Serchio which it spans, there is little for me to do but endorse the foregoing reviews. Visitors will find a bilingual narrative next to the bridge telling you about it. It is worth mentioning that you can walk across it. Indeed, a few years ago Sainsbury's had a very amusing TV ad which featured a scooter being ridden across it.

A sign by the bridge as well as the narrative referred to suggest that its construction dates back to the 11th century and the fiat of Countess Matilde of Canossa, but this is disputed in a booklet issued by the town of Borgo a Mozzano ("Il diavolo e le Catene", 2007) which points out that there is no documentary evidence of this legend. The probable builder was Castruccio Castracani who built several bridges over the river between 1324 and 1327. As for the nickname, we are reminded of the legend of the 6th century St Julian, protector of travellers, who called upon the devil for help when building an arched bridge and promised him the first soul to cross it in exchange; when it came to honouring the agreement, St Julian pushed across a dog which was hurled away by the infuriated devil. An alternative legend claims that the bridge was built in just one day and, since that was clearly impossible for a man to achieve, it had to have been the work of the devil.

Visited May 2012
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“The Devil's Bridge?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2012

The setting is super! Actually, we both drove past it, and observed from (several hundred feet) above, since it is visible from the gardens at Dolcevento! Diccon told us some of the stories about and about landslips and flooding at that spot. Certainly well worth a look, and maybe a detour to see it, but not the focal object of a trip...

Visited April 2012
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