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The Bridge of the Alpini in Bassano del Grappa

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The Bridge of the Alpini in Bassano del Grappa

If you are passionate about bridges, you cannot miss out on a visit to the Bridge of the Alpini in Bassano del Grappa, in the Province of Vicenza!

The bridge was first documented in 1209, a wooden structure on pylons with a roof cover that constituted the main communication route between Bassano and Vicenza.

Being at the centre of the frequent fights amongst rival factions, it was destroyed and rebuilt several times until, in 1567, after yet another collapse due to the flooding of the river Brenta, the design of a new bridge was commissioned to the great architect Andrea Palladio. Palladio’s project envisaged the construction of a stone bridge in the guise of the ancient Roman ones, but the city council rejected it and ordered the architect not to deviate too much from the original structure.

In the summer of 1569 Palladio presented a second project: a visually striking wooden bridge recalling the previous structure, although radically renewed for the proposed technical and structural solutions, with 5 spans that rested on four intermediate pylons.

The Palladian structure survived for almost two hundred years, collapsing only after the devastating flood of the river Brenta on August 19, 1748. The bridge was then rebuilt by Bartolomeo Ferracina faithfully following Palladio’s design.

In 1813 the bridge was burned down by the Viceroy Eugenio di Beauharnais and later rebuilt by Angelo Casarotti, in 1821, again maintaining its earlier shape.

During the First World War the bridge was crossed by the Italian troops of General Luigi Cadorna on their way to defend the territories of the area of Sette Comuni.

On February 17, 1945, during an action of the partisans, the bridge was again destroyed and later rebuilt according to the original design of Palladio, at the hands of the Alpini Troops... This is the why it is now called the Bridge of the Alpini!

The beautiful town of Bassano del Grappa is included in a fascinating daily excursion from Venice that will also lead you to the discovery of Asolo and Marostica!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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