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Ponte Pietra, Verona: 14 reviews and 39 photos
Ponte Pietra ("Stone bridge") is a roman bridge, helping people to cross the river Adige for more than 2,000 years.
The name is obviously from the stone that was the unique material in which it was built (and probably, after the fall of the roman empire, no one was able to build a bridge all in stone for centuries)
It is still standing, but what you can see now it is not all made of stone.... In fact the nature (a few floodings) and men hit it many times. At the end of our last war (WWII) the retiring Wermacht thought, a few days before of the total sourrender of april, 1945, that it was a threat to leave it standing, and destroed it with explosive. The lost stone were replaced by masonry when it wa re-built (BTW, same destiny occurred to the medieval masonry bridge of Castel Vecchio).
Despite years and destructions, it makes a wonderful view of one of the most scenic parts of Verona.
Directions: Near the roman theatre (that is a few meter from the side of the bridge opposite to the old city center, on the left in the main picture here).
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