This idyllic medieval bridge whose name translates to “Bridge of Mary Magdelene” played an essential role in early Italian history. That’s because its Stone arches and narrow walkway allowed French pilgrims to make their way over waters to the holy city of Rome. Although locals know that a major flood in the mid-1800s damaged the bridge’s original structure, travelers can still see what remains of the restored version, which includes a roadway and new arch that reflects beautifully when the river is calm.
Visitors to this popular Lucca attraction will likely hear the local legend about Ponte della Maddalena’s nickname - Devil’s Bridge - which comes from a tale of a shepherd who makes a deal with the devil to build the stone bridge.
Devil’s Bridge is located on Via del Brennero in Borgo a Mozzano. It crosses the Serchio River in the province of Lucca.