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Ponte della Maddalena - Ponte del Diavolo, Borgo a Mozzano

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Ponte della Maddalena is a bridge crossing the Serchio river near the town of Borgo a Mozzano in the Italian province of Lucca. It's one of numerous medieval bridges known as Ponte del Diavolo, the "Bridge of the Devil", it was a vital river crossing on the Via Francigena, an early medieval road to Rome for those coming from France that was an important medieval pilgrimage route.

The bridge is a remarkable example of medieval engineering, probably commissioned by the Countess Matilda of Tuscany c. 1080-1100. It was renovated c. 1300 under the direction of Castruccio Castracani. The largest span is 37.8 m. The bridge is also described in a 14th-century novella by Giovanni Sercambi of Lucca.

Circa 1500 it took on the name of Ponte della Maddalena, from an oratory dedicated to Mary Magdalene, whose statue stood at the foot of the bridge on the eastern bank.

In 1670 the General Council of the Republic of Lucca issued a decree prohibiting passage over the bridge with millstones and sacks of flour in order to preserve the structure.

In 1836, after being badly damaged during a flood, the bridge underwent urgent repair work.
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  • It is a normal bridge with a special slope. However, it has a brilliant impression at night when the river is quite calm 
    It is a normal bridge with a special slope. However, it has a brilliant impression at night when the river is quite calm  more »
  • Amazing view of the bridge near Lucca city on the way to Pisa. We took a small detour. It is 1 hr away from Pisa. The reflection of the bridge in the water. Makes it more beautiful. There is free... 
    Amazing view of the bridge near Lucca city on the way to Pisa. We took a small detour. It is 1 hr away from Pisa. The reflection of the bridge in the water. Makes it more beautiful. There is free...  more »
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  • Was told about the story of this bridge before we went to Italy so knew we wanted to go there. Interesting history about it and amazing engineering. A steep walk up to the top.
  • If you have a chance to visit then dont miss. I dont know how it look in dry season but I visited during late winter my 1 hr time I spend near the bridge is awesome with clouds and fogg. We have free parking right next to the bridge and very few locals passing the bridge. It is less known because of less publicity but If you found then dont miss.

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