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Genovese bridges inherited their name from the time Genoa ruled over Corsica (although some date back to Pisan times), and decided to develop local infrastructure between the villages and improve commercial routes and enhance communications. These are tiny bridges, in general, no vehicles could use them, only walkers and animals; the donkey and horse were the normal transportation mean at that time, no carts on the steep slopes of Corsica! Some of these bridges have a historical importance (Ponte Novo, where a big battle for independence, still commemorated, took place), others are the only way through a valley. . . . but all, despite more or less ruined are beautiful or moving architectural pieces in the wild valleys of high Corsica. Unknown Genovese architects or masons left something beautiful here.
You can discover some of these bridges on the side of a main road, high up on a walking trail, and some are even visible from the train.
Discovering a Genovese bridge when walking on a precipitous trail is something very enjoyable, and having a rest there, even more. . . The Muricciolu bridge, spanning over the small Viru creek (picture 1) can easily been reached west from Albertacce (half an hour), on the Mare a Mare trail.
Ponte Altu (picture 2), over the Golo River is next to a modern bridge, on the scenic D84 road crossing Corsica from Corte to Porto, South of Albertacce
Also spanning over the Golo, is the Ponte de Fontanella (picture 3), ruined, but still passable over the three arches, East of the Calacuccia dam; the bridges are not very high and generally deep in the gorges like this one.
The Muricciolu bridge is quite well preserved and nearby is an old water mill (picture 4); the stream here is quite powerful, and having a rest on the banks, listening to the water, in the shade of the young leaves of the trees makes the coming walk easier. . .
I must admit I like the streams and I am full of admiration for the people who built these bridges, fitting so well in the landscape (picture 5).

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  • Written Mar 25, 2011
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