Escape-bridge of the Scaliger
At an impressive length of more than 120 metres, the Ponte Scaligero leads from the Castelvecchio over the Adige. Two solid foundations carry the columns of the bridge’s three large arches. The castellated bridge has a very clear defensive character. But, like the Castelvecchio, it was not built for defensive purposes against an enemy from without but served only as an escape route for the hated Scaliger family in the case of a popular uprising. The members of the noble family hoped that it would provide a safe escape route over the river and a successful flight into the Adige Valley.
During World War II the bridge was blown up by German soldiers and rebuilt in 1951 using the original parts, which were lying around in the river. Today the bridge is open for everyone and connects the old town with the opposite bank of the Adige river. Many local people and numerous passers-by enjoy the view over the city from here.