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Ponte Scaligero, Verona

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Legend has it that the designer of Ponte Scaligero arrived at the bridge on horseback so he would be ready to ride away should the structure collapse. The bridge was built at the command of Cangrande II della Scala, a tyrannical ruler who wanted to be able to escape his castle should the people rebel against him. The bridge remained unharmed through many violent struggles until 1945, when retreating German troops destroyed it. It was reconstructed faithfully in 1949 and opened again in 1951. The fortified walkway, now a pedestrian- and bicycle-only bridge, connects two sections of Verona over the Adige River. A visit to Ponte Scaligero represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Verona vacation generator to plot your vacation.
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  • Surprisingly, there were more people visiting the bridge and taking photos than visitors in the Castelvecchio museum. It was a bright sunny day when we visited the bridge so I was able to capture many...  more »
  • I was here late in the day so views of the bridge were from the side of the river, but one could just imagine Castelvecchio in it's day and the kind of life it must have been. Very interesting.  more »
  • The fortified Castle Vecchio or Scaliger Bridge (Italian: Ponte Scaligero) bridge was built under the orders of the Tyrant Cangrande II della Scala as an escape route from his castle. It is 120m in le...  more »