Ponte di Veja

Located in a suggestive valley among the chestnut woods you can admire this spectacular natural monument, one of the most beautiful and largest rock bridges in Europe.

Ponte di Veja

Located in a suggestive valley among the chestnut woods, you can admire this spectacular natural monument, one of the most beautiful and largest rock bridges in Europe. The structure was once the gateway to an immense karst cave which collapsed due to the erosive action of the underlying watercourse which still today, in its small stream size, plows the valley forming a small waterfall. The dimensions of the bridge are exceptional: the height of the arch varies from 24 m on the western side to 29 m on the eastern side, the thickness ranges from 9 to 11 m, while the maximum distance between the pylons is 52 m. Under the bridge there are some deep caves, a place where important prehistoric finds were found. Tradition has it that Dante Alighieri was inspired by the Ponte di Veja in describing the Malebolge of Hell in the Divine Comedy. It is instead probable that Andrea Mantegna was inspired by the Ponte di Veja when he created the fresco, the Encounter in the Chamber of the Spouses in the Ducal Palace of Mantua. Due to its exceptional nature, it has been declared a natural reserve of the Lessinia Regional Natural Park.

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