Scaligeri Bridge, Verona, Italy

This post is about the beautiful Scaligeri bridge we saw from the windows of the Castlevecchio. The bridge looked strong and mighty and has a very interesting history.

It was built by Cangrande II della Scala in 1354-1356 to grant him a safe way of escape from the annexed castle in the event of a rebellion of the population against his tyrannic rule. He was nicknamed Can Rabbioso (“Raging Dog”). He ruled Verona with iron fist, amassing rich treasures for his illegitimate sons and impoverishing the city. Internal strife led the suspicious Cangrande to surround himself with Brandenburg mercenaries. This did not prevent him being assassinated by his brother Cansignorio, who, with the help of the Carraresi of Padua, succeeded him.

Legends tell that the designer, Guglielmo Bevilacqua, presented himself at the inauguration riding a horse, ready to flee away in case the bridge had crumbled down.

The bridge was unfortunately totally destroyed by the retreating German troops on April 24, 1945. Reconstruction began in 1949 and was finished in 1951. I think the original one too would have looked impressive.

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37 Responses

  1. That looks like an excellent piece of architechture… But so many tourists…???!!!!!!

  2. radha says:

    I guess the earlier bridge would have been impressive. But this one is too!

  3. Babli says:

    Very beautifully designed bridge. Its amazing to see such a wonderful architecture. Lovely shot.

  4. Cecily R says:

    I love bridges and these are stunning! Fabulous shots!

  5. Chris says:

    Absolutely beautiful architecture!

  6. Vaggelis says:

    fantastic construction, wonderful photos and info

  7. latree says:

    I'm always impressed by old buildings. they always look strong and tough and glorious

  8. Serline says:

    If you crop it right, the middle pic could pass off as a section of the Great Wall of China ;-P Have a blessed weekend!

  9. YOSEE says:

    Great pics. Can imagine its original glory.

  10. Hilary says:

    Another fine post with wonderful photos and a fascinating history.. or two.

  11. very impressive πŸ™‚ thanks a lot for showing Italy to us πŸ™‚

  12. Krystyn says:

    Wow! It's still quite a stunning bridge!

  13. What a cool bridge. so glad that it was re-constructed, bummer that it had ever been destroyed.

  14. very interesting history. thanks for including the part where the designer was getting to gallop away.:p this is a beautiful brick bridge, wonderful shots.

  15. joo says:

    Wondreful bridge! Looks a bit overcrowded but it's terrific!
    Happy Sunday to you:)

  16. Francisca says:

    Looks like a great place, full of history, as you've recounted, but tell me when you were there, so I can avoid it like the plague… those crowds would crowd me out! πŸ™‚

  17. Indeed a most interesting history. It is too bad the retreating Germans destroyed the original bridge. The Germans in WWII, destructive as they were in the advance, were even more so in the retreat and this was particularly true in Italy.

    Β«LouisΒ» thanks you for your contribution to Sunday Bridges.

  18. I have photos of this bridge tucked away somewhere! Isn't it marvellous? πŸ™‚

  19. Elisa says:

    It looks very popular πŸ™‚
    And itΒ΄s actually lovely!
    Best regards from Argentina

  20. Rob says:

    Beautiful photos of this historic bridge!

  21. Ebie says:

    Very interesting history. You have a good vantage view of the bridge. I see a lot of people, a very well visited landmark for tourists!

  22. Halcyon says:

    A really beautiful bridge. I love the red brick.

  23. EG Wow says:

    How sad that retreating armies destroy so much as they go! This is a handsome bridge just the same.

  24. divsi says:

    The tourists! :O I am sure you would have got amazing views from the bridge though!

  25. Sims says:

    Beautiful place. Went on peak hours?

  26. What a brilliant piece of architecture!

  27. Arun says:

    Interesting story!

  28. Lovely information.. Thanks for spotting life πŸ™‚

  29. dNambiar says:

    It looks unique. Great architecture for a bridge; it really does have a lot of character.

  30. Interesting story.. Historic Bridge!

  31. Wow…what a beautiful bridge. Great post πŸ™‚

  32. David says:

    Haha. I like the architect too

  33. hehe the designer came on a horse ready to scoot in case of mishap πŸ˜€ it certaily looks a sturdy bridge though.

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