Ranking of the highest bridges in Italy

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Attention, article not suitable for those suffering from vertigo! We are in fact about to talk about highest bridges in Italy, a real nightmare to go through for those afraid of high altitudes. Great marvels of engineering, bridges have been useful, over the centuries, in providing connections between different places, allowing waterways to be crossed, facilitating the passage of vehicles and people.
They can be made, according to the historical period, in stone, or in iron or wood, up to modern materials. In addition to being very useful, some can also be valuable from an aesthetic point of view. Those who fear heights have been warned, let's see which are the highest bridges in our country.

16 - Ponte Santa Giustina, 145 meters

The arched bridge in reinforced concrete called Santa Giustina rises on the bed of the river Noce. At the time of its creation, and once it was finished, it was the tallest railway bridge in the world. In fact, the Trento - Malè railway line passes over it, in one of the points considered to be among the most spectacular of the entire route.

  • Where it is found: Dermulo (TN), Trentino-Alto Adige
  • Length of the Campata: 78 meters
  • Inauguration year: 1959

15 - Rio Verde Viaduct, 145 meters

È the highest bridge of the A15 motorway, made of reinforced concrete and supported by several pylons, also made of concrete. They are certainly not aesthetically pleasing but they have been doing their job of supporting the viaduct for over 35 years.

  • Where it is found: Pontremoli (MS), Tuscany
  • Length of the Campata: 95 meters
  • Inauguration year: 1975

14 - Rago Viaduct, 147 meters

This viaduct appears to have been assembled like a huge puzzle, putting together several pieces that fit together perfectly. It is part of the A3 motorway and is located a few kilometers south of the largest Italian viaduct, which it closely resembles due to the extensive steel boxes straddling the pylons over 140 meters high.

  • Where it is found: Morano Calabro (CS), Calabria
  • Length of the Campata: 122 meters
  • Inauguration year: 1974

13 - Favazzina Viaduct, 147 meters

Built in the Frankenstein style during the sixties and seventies, this one jewel of Italian engineering extends for 483 kilometers from Naples to the tip of the boot. Salerno - Reggio Calabria has the sad reputation of being a construction site that is always open, as well as being permanently congested and very dangerous. New tunnels, smoother and wider curves are planned to improve the situation. The largest bridge that will be included in this upgrade project will be that of Favazzina. The original project was the work of the famous engineer Riccardo Morandi, the new one includes a structure that will be parallel to the one present today.

  • Where it is found: Favazzina, fraction of Scilla (RC), Calabria
  • Length of the Campata: 197 meters
  • Inauguration year: 2012

12 - Viaduct Stupino, 150 meters

Less famous than the nearby Italy viaduct, the Stupino is the highest concrete bridge of the A3 motorway. The voluminous central pylon of the viaduct reaches a height of 135 meters and supports the two spans built using the cantilever method.

  • Where it is found: Carpanzano (CS), Calabria
  • Length of the Campata: 120 meters
  • Inauguration year: 1974

11 - Veglio-Pistolesa viaduct, 152 meters

The Veglio-Pistolesa viaduct is an excellent example of a simple but effective Italian bridge. Inaugurated in 1968, it has a main pylon whose base insinuates itself into a ravine rich in vegetation. Nicknamed "colossus", he became seat of bungee jumps, the extreme discipline that took off in the s. The organization that takes care of it also organizes night launches, to offer the fearless jumpers the feeling of falling into a real abyss.

  • Where it is found: Biella, Piedmont
  • Length of the Campata: 46 meters
  • Inauguration year: 1968

10 - Valgadena Viaduct, 156 meters

Located at the Altopiano dei Sette Comuni in Veneto, more precisely between the municipalities of Foza and Enego, the Valgadena viaduct allows the passage of a local two-lane road. Under it, it is located a dizzying rocky gorge. The bridge was built to bypass a dangerous provincial road.

  • Where it is found: Foza (VC), Veneto
  • Length of the Campata: 150 meters
  • Inauguration year: 1990

9 - Irminio Viaduct (Ponte Costanzo), 159 meters

Better known as the Costanzo bridge, this viaduct is located on the Strada Statale 115 Sud Occidentale Sicula. The valley crossed is instead that of the Irminio river, which is located between the Sicilian cities of Ragusa and Modica. The bridge consists of a series of concrete pillars and some cross spans made of steel. The company Fratelli Costanzo SpA took care of its construction, its construction cost amounted to over 20 billion lire. When it was inaugurated it was the highest bridge in Italy

  • Where it is found: Modica (RG), Sicily
  • Length of the Campata: 174 meters
  • Inauguration year: 1984

8 - Ponte di Sacco, 170 meters

The work of the designer Giulio Krall, Il Ponte di Sacco connects the two municipalities of Sacco and Roscigno in the province of Saleno (Campania), and is one of the tallest single arch bridges in Europe. The project had rather large construction costs, about 400 million lire, compared to the 185 million initially budgeted. The additional construction costs were necessary due to some geological problems following the start of the works.

  • Where it is found: Roscigno (SA), Campania
  • Length of the Campata: data not available
  • Inauguration year: 1969

7 - Gorsexio Viaduct, 177 meters

Located about 16 km from Genoa, the gargantuan viaduct Gorsexio is located near the Mediterranean coast, at the southernmost point of the A26 Autostrada dei Trafori, so called due to the presence of over 20 tunnels in the first 24 km. The bridge is famous for having the fourth tallest pylon in Europe.

  • Where it is found: Mele (GE), Liguria
  • Length of the Campata: 144 meters
  • Inauguration year: 1977

6 - Ponte Cadore, 184 meters

Also called the Piave viaduct, this bridge is located between the municipalities of Pieve di Cadore and Perarolo di Cadore. It overlooks a very deep gorge where the Piave river flows. Before the construction of the bridge, the presence of this gorge made it compulsory to pass by the old and winding Cavallera road for those wishing to go to Centro Cadore. The bridge it is made up of three viaducts and by a frame arch bridge, it is also the second highest bridge on a state road in Italy.

  • Where it is found: fraction of Caralte in the municipality of Perarolo di Cadore (BL), Veneto
  • Length of the Campata: 255 meters
  • Inauguration year: 1985

5 - Viaduct Sente, 185 meters

To open the top 5 of this ranking we find one of the most important road bridges of the entire Peninsula. It is an impressive engineering work but at the same time it is also a valuable structural monument, one of the most significant in Europe. The bridge is made of steel and concrete and is located near the river of the same name. Its position also signals the borderline between two regions, Abruzzo and Molise. During the first excavation work on the viaduct, a worker lost his life and it is in his memory that, on May 2, 2011, the bridge was named after Francesco Paolo Longo.

  • Where is it: Belmonte del Sannio (IS), Molise
  • Length of the Campata: 200 meters
  • Inauguration year: 1977

4 - Platano Viaduct, 220 meters

È the highest viaduct in the Campania region and it is one of the highest in Italy. It was designed by the engineers Silvano Zorzi and Sabatino Procaccia. The structure of the bridge is in some ways very similar to that of the Sfalassà viaduct, located on the A3, and to that of the Piave viaduct. The three bridges are similar in section e the methodology of approach to overcoming the obstacle. All three, in fact, use the pushing portal arch system.

  • Where it is found: Romagnano al Monte (SA), Campania
  • Length of the Campata: 291 meters
  • Inauguration year: 1978

3 - Vajont Dam Bridge, 299 meters

Sadly known due to the dam disaster, which took place in 1963, this tip is now in disuse. During the accident that caused 1917 victims, a landslide of Mount Toc fell into the basin and the water that overflowed poured into the town of Longarone. The blame for the disaster was found in the superficiality of studies that preceded the realization of the work. In particular, the study of some elements that emerged during the geological studies, such as the friability of the slope of Mount Toc, was not deepened.

  • Where it is found: Longarone (BL), Veneto
  • Length of the Campata: 140 meters
  • Inauguration year: 1956-1963

2 - Sfalassà Viaduct, 250 meters

Also known as Ponte di Bagnara, the viaduct features a steel structure and is part of the A3 motorway. In the European ranking of the highest bridges it ranks in third place, twentieth in the world one. Silvano Zorzi, Sabatino Procaccia and Luciano Lonardo took care of the design. The bridge has also won the CECM European Award three times, the highest European recognition for major works. To date it is the tallest thrusting portal arch bridge in the world.

  • Where it is found: Bagnara Calabra (RC), Calabria
  • Length of the Campata: 376 meters
  • Inauguration year: 1974

1 - Viaduct Italy, 259 meters

Besides being the highest bridge in Italy it is also among the most important Italian bridges full metal beam, the first with these characteristics. For its realization, an ANAS competition was launched, won by the engineers Fabrizio de Miranda, Carlo Cestelli Guidi and Carmelo Pellegrino Gallo. Until 2004 it was the highest bridge in Europe, later surpassed by the Millau viaduct in France. During the works carried out on the deck in progress in 2015, the fifth span of the south carriageway of the viaduct collapsed. Unfortunately, the collapse also involved a work vehicle with a worker on board, who died instantly after jumping into the void of about 80 meters. This accident also caused not only the closure of the motorway also towards the north, but also an obvious series of tests to verify the static and dynamic state of the structure, which was then definitively reopened to traffic in July 2016.

  • Where it is found: Laino Borgo (CS), Calabria
  • Length of the Campata: 175 meters
  • Inauguration year: 1969

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