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Devil's Bridge (Ponte del Diavolo or Ponte della Maddalena) Tours

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Devil's Bridge (Ponte del Diavolo or Ponte della Maddalena)
Located on the Serchio River some 15 miles (24 kilometers) north of Lucca, the Devil's Bridge (Ponte del Diavolo or Ponte della Maddalena) is one of the region’s most striking landmarks. The stone, pedestrian-only bridge dates to the 11th century and was used by religious pilgrims. It’s recognizable for its irregularly shaped arches.

The Basics

Given its curved shape and the appealing way it reflects off the sparkling waters of the Serchio River, it’s hard to imagine why this scenic landmark was nicknamed “Devil’s Bridge.” According to local lore, the Ponte della Maddalena earned its diabolical nickname because the master builder, under pressure to construct it, made a deal with the devil to hasten its completion. In reality, the bridge was likely commissioned by Countess Matilda of Tuscany, and it was used as an important crossing for pilgrims traveling between France and Rome. A statue of Mary Magdalene once stood at one end (the source of the landmark’s formal name).

The bridge features on both guided and self-led driving tours of the region; given its proximity to central Lucca, it’s easy to plan a quick sightseeing excursion.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Measuring 131 feet (40 meters) across, Devil's Bridge is reserved for pedestrians, though its steepness makes it inaccessible for visitors with limited mobility.
  • At its highest point, the bridge is over 59 feet (18 meters) tall and offers the perfect vantage point for capturing photos of the surrounding scenery.
  • The bridge was restored in 1836 following a flood, and an additional arch was added at the turn of the 20th century to allow space for a railroad track.

How to Get There
Officially located in the town of Borgo a Mozzano, Devil’s Bridge is just a quick trip from central Lucca. It is roughly a half-hour drive along the Via Statale 12 to Via Ludovica/SP20. Alternatively, travel via the E10 bus. Approximately 15 trains operated by Trenitalia also run daily between Lucca and Borgo a Mozzano.

When to Get There
Devil’s Bridge is a highlight attraction all throughout the year, but it’s best to visit during sunny weather to really appreciate its beauty (and to capture the best views of the surrounding scenery from its highest point).

Other Nearby Attractions

If you’re eager to see the bridge for yourself, make a day of it and discover Borgo a Mozzano’s other attractions. The charming town is home to the impressive Church of San Jacopo (which features works from the Della Robbia school), as well as the pretty Convent of San Francesco. It also hosts an azalea festival and market every April.
Address: Borgo a Mozzano, Lucca, Tuscany 55023, Italy
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4 Tours and Activities to Experience Devil's Bridge (Ponte del Diavolo or Ponte della Maddalena)

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Private tour: The Gothic Line in Borgo a Mozzano (Lucca)

Private tour: The Gothic Line in Borgo a Mozzano (Lucca)

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Learn about World War 2 history with a private guide during this self-drive tour of the Gothic Line. Explore the Museum of Liberation, home to memorabilia including military uniforms and arms, before visiting two World War 2-era bunkers. Go off the beaten path with an itinerary that includes a third bunker and a walk across the Devil’s Bridge, dating back to the Middle Ages.
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  • 3 hours
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$194.79
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Garfagnana Tour from Lucca: Tastes and views.

Garfagnana Tour from Lucca: Tastes and views.

For all those who want to discover and savor the true traditions of the Lucca countryside from Lucca, continuing north we will move to Garfagnana where the landscape becomes greener and steeper, where you can enjoy some of the most beautiful panoramas in the area. Your driver will accompany you to Castelnuovo Garfagnana to see its traditional cobbled streets and one of the best preserved castles in the area, the Rocca Ariostesca. We will then reach Barga, a small ancient village located on a hill, full of charm, art and pleasure. Continuing our tour we will stop in an ancient pork butchery to discover the production and seasoning of the famous Garfagnini cured meats. Do not miss a visit to the spa town of Bagni di Lucca with its Ponte delle Catene, one of the oldest iron bridges still existing in Europe. On the way back, a short stop at the Devil's Bridge, to learn about its millenary history and legend.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$151.93
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Daily Garfagnana Gourmet tour from Lucca and surroundings

Daily Garfagnana Gourmet tour from Lucca and surroundings

We propose a route that combines the possibility of tasting local products such as cheese, ham and sausages with a visit to the processing workshops. We will meet people who will tell us the history and traditions of this land, with the possibility of personalizing the tour based on travelers' preferences and curiosity.
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  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$273.91
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Garfagnana and Barga half day tour by Minivan from Lucca

Garfagnana and Barga half day tour by Minivan from Lucca

Experience the stunning natural beauty of Tuscany’s mountainous Garfagnana region, which makes an excellent half-day trip from Lucca. Travel by minivan with a guide and a small group through a luscious emerald landscape crisscrossed by the Serchio River. Visit the medieval village of Barga, home to a former Medici palace and an imposing hilltop cathedral, and hear the legends and history behind the striking Devil’s Bridge.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$125.82
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