Things to do in Italy, Italy: The Best Bridges

March 16, 2022 Carley Gatson

Coordinates: 43°N 12°E / 43°N 12°E / 43; 12

1. Ponte dei Sospiri

Piazza San Marco, 1, 30100 Venice Italy +39 041 271 5911 http://palazzoducale.visitmuve.it/it/il-museo/percorsi-e-collezioni/le-prigioni/
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4.5 based on 7,050 reviews

Ponte dei Sospiri

This historic bridge connects the Doge's Palace with its prisons and was named for the condemned prisoners who crossed it to meet their executioners.

Reviewed By Erfurt - Jupiter, United States

The Bridge of Sighs is world renown, it is packed with tourists coming and going, there is a lot of pushing and chaffing going on, everyone wants to take a photo of this scene, and the once who take " selfies " really jam up this beautiful sight best seen from the bridge where this photo was taken..The Bridge of Sighs is made from white limestone passes over the Rio di Palazzo and connects the New Prison to the interrogation rooms in the Doge's Palace. A MUST see...

2. Ponte Vecchio

50125, Florence Italy
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4.5 based on 20,586 reviews

Ponte Vecchio

Erected during Roman times, this is the most ancient and photographed bridge in Florence, which is characterized by three arches and two wide arcades on each side housing the famous and unusual "botteghe" or shops.

Reviewed By MaggieBtravels

The Ponte Vecchio is a must see when in Florence. Crossing the bridge itself is interesting, if only for the crowds of people, the history, and the path that leads to new streets to explore. The real beauty of the old bridge though is in a stroll along the Arno, especially at night to take advantage of the incredible reflections, to view the bridge from along the river.

3. Ponte delle Torri

Via Giro del Ponte, Spoleto Italy http://www.bellaumbria.net/en/history-and-archeology/ponte-delle-torri-spoleto
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4.5 based on 1,620 reviews

Ponte delle Torri

Built in 1350 AD to create an easy access road to Montelucco, this stately bridge is 264 feet high and 760 feet long, and features nine tall pylons that separate its narrow graceful arches.

Reviewed By rmfigueroa59

Spoleto was a great visit, starting with the escalators which allowed easy access to main areas of the city by avoiding steep uphill walks. What a fantastic system! Took the escalators to the central part of the city for awesome paninis and local vino, and then to the main attractions. After reaching the castle (La Rocca) we soaked in the spectacular views of the incredible Ponte delle Torri and the surrounding areas. Did not walk to it but I think that you can actually walk thru the Ponte across the canyon to the other side.Such an impressive structure that has lasted centuries, a must see!

4. Ponte Scaligero (Ponte di Castelvecchio)

Corso Castelvecchio 2, 37121, Verona Italy +39 045 806 2611 http://www.tourism.verona.it/en/enjoy-verona/art-and-culture/monuments-and-sights/ponte-scaligero
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4.5 based on 3,138 reviews

Ponte Scaligero (Ponte di Castelvecchio)

Connecting Castelvecchio and Adige, this powerful bridge was first built in the 1st century AD, destroyed during World War II, and rebuilt using parts of the original structure.

Reviewed By andycoldham - Crawley, United Kingdom

This was the highlight of my Verona holiday, the bridge is in fantastic shape considering its age, it is a great photo opportunity with fab views up and own the river. We loved it so much we came back again at night to get some night shots when its all lit up. Without a doubt my favourite spot in Verona.

5. Ponte Vecchio (Ponte Gobbo - Ponte del Diavolo)

Via Ponte Vecchio Ponte Vecchio detto Ponte Gobbo, 29022, Bobbio Italy +39 0523 962815 http://www.comune.bobbio.pc.it/sottolivello.asp?idsa=17&idam=&idbox=20&idvocebox=166
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4.5 based on 578 reviews

Ponte Vecchio (Ponte Gobbo - Ponte del Diavolo)

Reviewed By giordanob301

This bridge is very special. It is of medieval origin (so it is interesting from a historical point of view). It is always open and access is free and free. As well as other famous bridges in Italy (for example the Rialto Bridge in Venice, infact the story behind is pretty similar) many stories hide behind its construction (in all these stories, of course, there is "The Devil", hence the name of the bridge). The devil promised to San Colombano the construction of the bridge in just one night (in the Middle Ages it took several years) ,but he would sacrifice the soul of the first person who would cross it. San Colombano made an animal (a dog or a bear, depending on the version) cross the bridge and the devil, because of rabies, kicked the bridge deforming it (so the name "ponte gobbo" ,hunchback bridge). In another version the demons (of different heights) who built the bridge were responsible for the shape. Many stories also involve the tavern on the other side of the bridge.In short, a beautiful place where fantasy and history blend perfectly.

6. Ponte degli Alpini

36061 Bassano Del Grappa Italy http://www.bassanodelgrappa.gov.it/Vivi-la-citta/Da-vedere/Architetture/Ponte-degli-Alpini
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4.5 based on 2,178 reviews

Ponte degli Alpini

This marvelous bridge made in wood, named Ponte Degli Alpini, is dated from 1209, although it was rebuilt some times along the centuries. It is also called Ponte Vecchio, and the view one can enjoy from it, over the Brenta river and facing the Alpes during the Winter, is simply great !

Reviewed By 674ligiaj - Florida, United States

It is being repaired but once it is finished it will be back to its glory. It really is very different from any other covered bridge I have seen.

7. Ponte Alidosi (ponte rinascimentale a Schiena d'Asino)

Via Ponte degli Alidosi, Castel del Rio Italy http://casteldelrio.provincia.bologna.it/storia/il-ponte
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4.5 based on 139 reviews

Ponte Alidosi (ponte rinascimentale a Schiena d'Asino)

8. Ponte del Mare

Riviera Nord/Riviera Sud, Pescara Italy http://www.comune.pescara.it/internet/index.php?codice=1
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4.5 based on 1,915 reviews

Ponte del Mare

Reviewed By zzzzzZzzzzZO - Krakow, Poland

Wonderful bridge at the main beach. You can see the city and the sea from this place. Interesting construction.

9. Ponte Pietra

Ponte Pietra 1, 37121, Verona Italy +39 045 800 3204
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4.5 based on 2,543 reviews

Ponte Pietra

Reviewed By Cousie63 - Telford, United Kingdom

This is the bridge recommended by the hotel as a must see, it is an old bridge but nothing spectacular. You can get to the funicular railway here and see the Castle San Pietro good views and then cross the bridge afterwards which then gives you easy access to the San Giovanni in Fonte which in turn will take you onto the Plazza Dei Signori lots of market stalls here and restaurants for the weary traveller. Be prepared for lots of walking we did 18 Kms but you sleep well????

10. Ponte Sospeso di San Marcello Pistoiese

Via Anghiari 195, 51028, San Marcello Pistoiese Italy
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4.5 based on 380 reviews

Ponte Sospeso di San Marcello Pistoiese

Reviewed By Ina_Vandewijer - Zonhoven, Belgium

We were hiking from San Marcello Piteglio over the Ponte di Castruccio along the river to get to the ponte sospeso. It is an impressive hike where you can encounter snakes, foxes and other little animals if you are a bit quiet. The bridge was temporarily closed for repairs, but we had to cross it to get back to our starting point. So it was exciting couse we didn't know what to expect. But we made it safe and sound!

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