Italy boasts a huge number of worldwide famous bridges. The ancient Romans were the first in the whole world to build large and (almost) forever lasting bridges which were built with just stone and concrete. They have set the path for the iconic “arch” style bridges which have been constructed over the centuries, connecting cities divided by rivers all over Italy. Here you will find list of top Italian bridges.
Bridge of Sighs
This footbridge connects the Doge’s Palace with the Prigioni (prisons). Though many visitors find this bridge and its name romantic, it offered prisoners of the Venetian Republic a final opportunity to view the city before they were led to their cells or to the executioner. The Italian name for the Bridge of Sighs is Ponte dei Sospiri. The canal beneath the bridge is one of the most popular places to kiss in Venice.
Location: Piazza San Marco, 1 / San Marco, 31024 Venice
Nearby sights: Grand Canal, Doges’ Palace, St. Mark’s Square
Nearby hotels: Aqua Palace Hotel, Residence Corte Grimani, Hotel Concordia
Official website: http://www.bridgeofsighs.info/
Castel Vecchio Bridge
The Castel Vecchio Bridge or Scaliger Bridge is a fortified bridge in Verona, northern Italy, over the Adige River. The segmental arch bridge featured the world’s largest span at the time of its construction.
Location: Corso Castelvecchio 2, Verona
Nearby sights: Piazza delle Erbe, Piazza Bra, Arena di Verona
How to get there: Subway: Colosseo (B)
Nearby hotels: Hotel Mastino, Locanda Ippopotamo, Hotel Porta Palio
The earliest known bridge of ancient Rome, the Pons Sublicius, spanned the Tiber River near the Forum Boarium downstream from the Tiber Island, near the foot of the Aventine Hill. According to tradition, its construction was ordered by Ancus Marcius around 642 BC, but this date is approximate because there is no ancient record of its construction. Marcius wished to connect the newly fortified Janiculum Hill on the Etruscan side to the rest of Rome.
Location: Crosses Tiber River, Rome
Nearby sights: Coloseum, Pantheon, Aventine Hill
Nearby hotels: Hotel Augustea, Angelini Bedrooms, Zone Hotel
Ponte alle Grazie
Ponte alle Grazie is a bridge over the Arno River in Florence. The original Ponte alle Grazie was constructed in 1227. It was rebuilt in 1345 with nine arches, making it the oldest and longest bridge in Florence. Two of the arches were filled in during 1347 in order to widen piazza dei Mozzi. Structures were built on the bridge, much as can be seen on the modern Ponte Vecchio but these were eventually abandoned and were removed in 1876 to make way for railway.
Nearby sights: Piazzale Michelangelo, Piazza della Signoria, Uffizi Gallery
Nearby hotels: Galileo Hotel, Hotel Bijou, Palazzo Guicciardini
The Academy Bridge (Ponte dell’Accademia) is so named because it crosses the Grand Canal at the Galleria dell’Accademia, one of the top museums in Venice. While the Ponte dell’Accademia is not a new bridge – it was first erected in the mid-19th century then replaced in the 1930s – it is interesting for its high arch construction and the fact that it is wooden.
Location: San Marco 2757, Venice
Nearby sights: Grand Canal, Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Square
Nearby hotels: Ca’ Sant’Angelo, Hotel Bucintoro, Palazzetto Pisani