Legends of Pavia: The Ponte Coperto
28 October 2016
The “Ponte Coperto” of Pavia is a covered bridge with a history… Situated just before the confluence of two great rivers, the monument is a scenic entrance to the city that takes on a mysterious vibe when the fog rolls in. Legend has it that the stunning bridge wasn’t even constructed by humans, but by the devil himself. On a special Christmas night, pilgrims found themselves looking to cross the river to rest in Pavia for the night. With a thick layer of fog, the form of a bridge appears out of nowhere and the devil appeared, dressed as a gentlemen, with an offer. The bridge would turn to stone only after the first soul crossed the bridge, and gave itself to him. The archangel Michael passing by propsed a better offer: first the bridge is to be built, and then the exchange. The clever group sent a goat over first before crossing into the city and the rest is history!