The beautiful bridges of Tuscany

The beautiful bridges of Tuscany. Tuscany is not only villages, churches and fantastic views, the whole region is full of enchanted corners, places where time seems to stand still. These are some of the most beautiful and picturesque bridges that are absolutely worth seeing.

One of the most spectacular and photographed is certainly the Ponte della Maddalena, better known as Devil's Bridge. The bridge is located in Borgo a Mozzano, in the province of Lucca and its asymmetrical and striking arches stands almost as a door to the Garfagnana region. Built around the year 1000, according to the legend by Satan himself who claimed the soul of the first who would have crossed it. But the people of the village proved to be smarter than him and let a goat cross the bridge first, making fun of the devil.

Equally remarkable, though less ancient, is the Ponte Sospeso (Suspended Bridge) of San Marcello Pistoiese: a footbridge, built around 1920 with structures that rest on four steel cables held in tension, which overlooks the void up to 40 meters high, and connects the two sides of the Lima river without any intermediate support. With its 227 meters of extension in 1990 the bridge entered the Guinness Book of Records among the longest suspended bridges of the world. A visit to the “Ponte Sospeso” is an amazing experience, and above all an unforgettable adventure.

A very suggestive view can be enjoyed from the Pier of Forte dei Marmi and a walk on this historic strip of concrete overlooking the sea will bring you into the true spirit of one of the most famous towns of Versilia. Away from the streets of luxury shopping, you can rediscover a more genuine corner of the old Forte, the elderly out for a walk, the children plunging into the sea, the inevitable fishermen and of course a stunning view of the Apuan Alps.

The Ponte della Pia (Bridge of Pia) is a picturesque bridge of Roman origin, rebuilt in the Middle Ages, located along the road leading from Siena to Massa Marittima, among the municipalities of Sovicille and Chiusdino, in the beautiful countryside between the Maremma and Siena. The bridge consists of a single arch connecting the two banks of the river Rosia. Like the Devil’s Bridge, the Ponte della Pia is linked to a legend. According to the tradition, its name derives from the Sienese noblewoman Pia de’ Tolomei, mentioned by Dante Alighieri in the Divine Comedy and killed by her husband, who thrown her from a rock. Legend has it that the ghost of Pia de’ Tolomei dressed in white appears on the bridge during full moon nights without touching the ground.

The Romanesque bridge of Ponte Buriano (cover photo) in the province of Arezzo, crosses the Arno River and is located within the nature reserve Ponte Buriano and Penna, a protected natural area of Tuscany region established in 1995. Its architectural structure catches the attention, begun in 1240 and completed in 1277, with its mighty arches seems to float on the river, shallow in this stretch, but very wide because of the proximity of the Penna dam. Ponte Buriano’s bridge with its robust and powerful six-arched structure has withstood all the floods of the last 850 years, and has been able to overcome the destructive fury of the Second World War. But with no doubt, the fact that makes it more famous is the controversy whether or not is the bridge in the background of the painting of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa.

Last but of course not least, the Ponte Vecchio, the king of the bridges of Tuscany. The bridge par excellence, known and loved around the entire world and the only one in Florence which was not destroyed by the Germans during World War II. Special place for lovers to take a romantic walk, Ponte Vecchio, with its antique goldsmith shops, is topped by the Vasari Corridor, created by the Medici as a secret passage that connected Palazzo Vecchio to Palazzo Pitti, is now part of the Uffizi Museum.

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