• Stefano Mazzotti


Commessaggio pontoon bridge

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Street and number via Commessaggio Inferiore,6 - Commessaggio
City Commessaggio
Country ITA

The pontoon bridge was an initiative of the local population, which contributed manual labour and helped finance the purchase of the materials.

Opposite the bridge across the Canal Navarolo stands the sturdy 16C Torrazzo di Vespasiano. The present pontoon bridge dates from 1976, the year when the Vespasiano bridge (1583) was demolished because considered hazardous.

The source of numerous disagreements between the local administration and Prefect-Commissioner of Oltre Ponte, the new structure was built in a few months with barges sourced in the province. The cost of the work was met by the municipality of Sabbioneta because of the failure to reach an agreement with the authorities of Commessaggio, more favourable to restoring the existing one and resurfacing the road to maintain a (now lost) piece of history. The original piers have survived. Dredging has lowered the level of the canal.

The old bridge was immortalized during filming in 1975: Pasolini’s film Salò or the 120 Days of Sodom starts with a pursuit between Fascist soldiers and a group of children featuring one of the loveliest views of Commessaggio.