The Devil's Bridge?

Do you love mysterious legends? Rimini, like any city rich in history, also boasts a beautiful legend linked to its Tiberius Bridge or Devil's Bridge, “pont de Dievli” as the people of Rimini say. The legend is linked to the history of the Bridge for whose construction Tiberius had countless problems. In fact it took approx 7 years to finish it, it was started by his father and every time a new part was built it collapsed or did not turn out as desired. So it was that Tiberius, in desperation, turned to the God of Darkness, the only one capable of building a solid Bridge. He thus prayed to the Devil to come to his aid and he built it in a single night. But a deal it had been agreed: that the Devil he would take the soul of the first person to cross the Bridge. The Bridge was beautiful and fully expressed the power of Tiberius. But he was not only a great Emperor but was also very cunning, so much so that to avoid the pact with the Devil and not lose even one of his inhabitants, he had a dog cross the bridge. The Devil became so angry that he tried to knock him down kicking the stone several times, but without success because he himself had made it indestructible. The goat footprints, signs of his anger, can be found on the side of the bridge overlooking the city. But if you don't have enough there is a really interesting story related to the Bridge. This, however, is more history than legend. The Tiberius Bridge (or of Augustus or of San Giuliano), which allows the crossing of the Marecchia river north of the city of Rimini, was started by the emperor Augustus in 14 AD and finished by his successor Tiberius in 21. It has always been the pride and symbol of the city and, marvel of classical technique, for almost two thousand years the only Adriatic road that connected Northern Italy to the rest of the country. This connection was of fundamental importance above all During the Second World War, so much so that soon the goal of blowing it up was a must. It is said, however, that a German who was particularly fond of art did not want to set off the fuses because it would have been a terrible loss for humanity. Whether it was him or whether the fuse didn't light due to humidity or luck, we don't know. But thank goodness we can still enjoy its beauty after 2000 years. Could it really be the Devil's hand?

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