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A street of the village, Borgo a Mozzano, Lucca. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

Borgo a Mozzano: a village with a spectacular medieval bridge

Borgo a Mozzano is a town of just over 7,000 inhabitants placed at 97 meters above sea level along the river Serchio valley in the province of Lucca, which is about 21 km. Borgo a Mozzano was once an important service center for the surrounding area, at the end of the thirteenth century it became the seat of the Podestà and then in the mid-sixteenth century it became the seat of the Vicar. The village belonged to Lucca from the Middle Ages until 1847, when it was annexed to the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.

The main attraction of the village is the famous Ponte della Maddalena or the Devil’s Bridge (Ponte del Diavolo), a medieval bridge that crosses the Serchio at the end of the village going towards the Garfagnana. The bridge is an impressive building for its beauty, formed by arches of various sizes is a classic medieval bridge that was built in the fourteenth century.

Borgo a Mozzano, over the bridge, features also other interesting buildings including: the Oratory of the Crucifix (Oratorio del Crocefisso), which houses some sculptures of the sixteenth century. The former convent of San Francesco, with a beautiful cloister, today the building is used as a retirement home. The former cloistered convent od the Teresian Sisters.

The parish church of San Jacopo, a building with three naves dating from the eleventh-twelfth century which contain important wood carvings and sculptures of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. The squat bell tower of the church was traced at the time of Matilda of Canossa (11th century). The Palazzo del Vicario, a Renaissance building now used as Town Hall. Two km from Borgo a Mozzano in the locality Caturegli is the fifteenth-century Villa Guinigi.

Ponte del Diavolo o Ponte della Maddalena, Borgo a Mozzano, Lucca. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

Ponte del Diavolo (Devil’s Bridge) or Ponte della Maddalena (Magdalene’s Bridge), Borgo a Mozzano, Lucca. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

Borgo a Mozzano

Borgo a Mozzano

USEFUL INFORMATION:

Weekly market in Borgo a Mozzano: Friday
Weekly market, every Friday from 8.00 to 13.30.

Tourist Information Office – Borgo a Mozzano
via Umberto I, 3 Borgo a Mozzano (LU)
Tel and Fax: 0583 888881
Hours: Monday to Friday 09:00 to 13:00 and 14:30 to 18:30. Saturday 09.00 – 13.00. Sunday Closed

BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • AA. VV. “Toscana” Guide Rosse Touring Club Italiano, 2007
  • Gucci Natale; De Falco Anna “Il fascino e la funzione. Il ponte della Maddalena detto «del diavolo»” 2010, Pacini Fazzi
  • Ghiringhelli Giorgio “Il ponte del Diavolo nelle vecchie stampe” 2007, Casagrande
  • Lera Guglielmo “Il ponte del Diavolo. Illustrazioni e leggende” 2003, Pacini Fazzi
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