Ponte Coperto

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Ponte Coperto
Pavia ponte coperto sul Ticino.jpg
Coordinates45°10′51″N 9°09′12″E / 45.180739°N 9.153258°E / 45.180739; 9.153258Coordinates: 45°10′51″N 9°09′12″E / 45.180739°N 9.153258°E / 45.180739; 9.153258
CrossesTicino River
LocalePavia, Italy
Designstone and brick deck arch bridge[1]
Total length216 metres (709 ft)
Construction start1949
Construction end1951
Ponte Coperto is located in Italy
Ponte Coperto
Ponte Coperto
Location in Italy

The Ponte Coperto ("covered bridge") or the Ponte Vecchio ("Old Bridge") is a brick and stone arch bridge over the Ticino River in Pavia, Italy.

The previous bridge, dating from 1354 (itself a replacement for a Roman construction), was heavily damaged by Allied action in 1945. A debate on whether to fix or replace the bridge ended when the bridge partially collapsed in 1947, requiring new construction, which began in 1949. The new bridge is based on the previous one, which had seven arches to the current bridge's five.[2]

The current bridge, like its predecessor, bears a chapel.


  1. ^ Ponte Coperto at Structurae
  2. ^ American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) (2007). Bridges 2008 (calendar). Reston, Virginia: ASCE. pp. May featured bridge. ISBN 978-0-7844-0945-9.