Ponte Gobbo
Ponte Gobbo in Bobbio

There are many impressive Roman bridges around Italy: one of the most interesting is the Ponte Gobbo (Hunchback Bridge), also called Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) or Ponte del Diavolo (Devil’s bridge), in Bobbio, Emilia-Romagna. Almost 900 feet long and with 11 irregular arches, this wonder of ancient architecture has been around for at least 1000 years – although no one knows exactly when it was built.

An old legend tells that a clever man tricked the Devil into rebuilding the bridge overnight after it had been destroyed by a flood – which would explain the bridge’s curious name. 

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