One of the important historic structures in Verona spans the Adige River. The Castelvecchio Bridge had the largest bridge arch in the world when it was first built.
The Castelvecchio Bridge was originally constructed in a short three years, from 1354-1356, and takes its name from the old castle to which it connects on one side of the river. The bridge’s other name, the Scaliger Bridge (Ponte Scaligero in Italian), comes from the name of the family that ruled Verona at the time.
The bridge’s largest arch stretches nearly 160 feet (48.7 meters), which made it the largest bridge arch in the world in 1356 when it was first built. The tower on one end of the bridge was destroyed in the late 1700s, and the whole bridge was destroyed during World War II. What stands today in its place is an almost exact replica of the original bridge.
The bridge is largely made of red brick, characteristic of buildings throughout Verona that date from the same period, and its crenellations make it an especially picturesque structure. Many tours of historic Verona cross the Castelvecchio Bridge, including Segway and walking tours.
The Castelvecchio Bridge is pedestrian-only, which makes it easier to take your time with photographs of and from the bridge. The old castle itself, on one side of the bridge, is now home to the Castelvecchio Museum with exhibits of art and weaponry.