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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