Ponte del Diavolo, Italy

March 22, 2015


: Piero Armando
Summary Authors: Piero Armando; Stu Witmer

Seen above (top) is one of many so called Devil’s Bridges that dot the European landscape. This Ponte del diavolo is near the town of Lanzo Torinese in north Italian Alps. Built in 1378 the bridge spans a narrow gorge created by the Stura di Lanzo river. The bridge has a certain notoriety in that it's about 210 ft (65 m) long and constructed with only a single Gothic arch. In the 16th century a door was built ostensibly to keep the plague from crossing. Just upstream from the bridge are the so called Giant’s Kettles. These are 21 potholes created by the swirling water (bottom) and the grit it carries as it rushes through the narrowing gorge. Photo taken January 18, 2014.

Photo details: Camera Model: Canon EOS 30D; Focal Length: 17mm; Aperture: f/5; Exposure Time: 1/200 and 1/1000; ISO equiv: 400.