Europe's highest pedestrian suspension bridge opens in Italy
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02.04.2024 Italy Umbria   5
Europe's highest pedestrian suspension bridge opens in Italy

It is called the green heart of Italy due to its wooded hills and lack of access to the sea. But the Umbria region of central Italy will soon become the country's beating heart thanks to its new tourist attraction.


The new pedestrian bridge suspended over the gorge is said to be the tallest of its kind in Europe, standing 175 meters (574 feet) above the void.


It connects two ideal locations : Sellano, a medieval village about an hour's drive southeast of the regional capital Perugia, and Montesanto, a village across the Viggi River in the Valnerina Valley.


The walk, just under half a mile, takes about 30- 45 minutes.


But the adrenaline doesn't just come from hanging over a precipice or the 223-foot incline that climbs toward Montesanto. The so-called "Ponte Tibetano" ("Tibet Bridge") adds an extra thrill thanks to a structure known as a "broken step".


To cross the nearly half-mile long bridge, you need to climb about 1,000 steps, put leg in the wrong position, and the situation could turn into a "game of squid" if not for the seat belts that will keep visitors on the bridge at all times.


Sellano Mayor Attilio Gubbiotti told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera that the idea was to "revitalize the area and prevent depopulation." Eastern Umbria, where the bridge is located, was at the center of a series of devastating earthquakes in central Italy in 2016.


Some villages in the area, such as Castelluccio, a farming village on the border with the neighboring Marche region, were completely destroyed, and local residents still cannot return to their homes. Gubbiotti said he hopes the bridge will bring new business to the area.


The bridge, which opened in time for the Easter holiday, welcomes a maximum of 90 visitors per hour slot. Bookings are currently open until May 5.


Visitors must wear suitable footwear and be at least 120 cm tall. Tickets are available online.


For obvious reasons, The site may be closed due to bad weather. But those who are lucky enough to get here will have plenty to do in the surrounding area. Sellano is included in the list of "Borghi più belli d'Italia" - a group of exceptionally beautiful villages in the country.

Source: cnn.com

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