Ponte delle Catene, Bagni di Lucca

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The Ponte delle Catene or Bridge of Chains is a 19th-century suspension bridge in Bagni di Lucca, Tuscany. The Bridge spans the river Lima, a branch of the Serchio, and links Fornoli and Chifenti.

When a prior 1317 stone bridge attributed to Castruccio Castracani, had been destroyed by a flood, this bridge was commissioned in 1840 by Carlo Ludovico from the Neoclassical architect Lorenzo Nottolini. The architect travelled to England to study the then-newfangled suspension bridges, he was impressed by the Hammersmith Bridge, and the planned Clifton Suspension Bridge between Avon and Bristol.

At each bank, Nottolini erected arches reminiscent of Ancient Roman triumphal arches. The plaques (one in Latin the other in Italian) recognize the patronage of the Duke of Tuscany via Bettino Ricasoli. The wooden roadway had been destroyed in World War two by the retreating Germans and repaired in the 1950s.
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  • Have walked and cycled across this bridge which is very unusual in its construction. There are plenty of bars and resteraunts around the area to relax and enjoy the ambience of the area.  more »
  • Visited the market at Forloni and had coffee and dessert in the local cafe.very reasonable.We were all drawn to this bridge and walked over it to the other side.  more »
  • Spotless.... friendly..... with beautiful fresh sandwiches and exquisite fresh pastries!
  • This is the old footbridge in Fornoli. It's made of iron and wood and is a real short cut to the SS12 main road. There is a small town square on the other side that has a weekly market. It's well worth a visit.
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