Ponte Antico Ancient Bridge

Ponte Antico

For many years, due to its characteristic structure, the bridge was thought to be Roman, but in fact it dates back to the Sforza-Visconti era and was probably built “after 1490 when Bartolomeo Calco, Secretary of Duke Ludovico Sforza, expressed to the governors of the cities of Omegna and Ornavasso the Duke's disappointment for not having yet completed the construction of the bridge”.
Originally it comprised two round arches supported by a central base built on a rock in the middle of the river Strona. According to historians, in 1920, most probably a huge rock fell from the mountain and completely destroyed the first arch.