A scenic spot - The old Roman bridge Ponte dei Salti in the Verzasca Valley, Switzerland

A scenic spot - The old Roman bridge Ponte dei Salti in the Verzasca Valley, Switzerland

Ponte dei Salti is an old Roman bridge situated in the Verzasca Valley, in Ticino, the Italian-speaking canton of Switzerland.

Valle Verzasca is easily accesible by car and bus from Locarno, and the bridge is right outside the quaint little town of Lavertezzo.

Ponte dei Salti is often referred to as the Roman Bridge. However, it only dates back to the 17th century and was actually rebuilt in 1960. Nonetheless, this double-arched stone bridge is as beautiful as it is popular with visitors.

I recommend to take a break at Ponte dei Salti when driving up or down the valley. It's a very scenic spot and makes for a great picnic location and has lots to offer in terms of photography. You could also go swimming or diving in the emerald green water of the Verzasca river. If you're scared of the cold water, do it like many others: just make it quick and jump in from the bridge.

It's not called Ponte dei Salti (jump bridge) for nothing!

 

Written and contributed by Christina Hegele
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