Posted by: Debra Kolkka | December 25, 2011

Will Nila cross the bridge?

the suspension bridge

At Popiglio, not far from Bagni di Lucca, along the road towards Abetone, there is a very long suspension bridge.

a long way across


you go first


it's quite safe


brave Nila crosses the bridge

Nila was with her mother, Rosi, who took the pictures. I haven’t been to the bridge, but I will do so on my next visit to Bagni di Lucca. 
Ponte Sospeso is 220 metres long, making it one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world. It was inaugurated in 1922 and was a useful shortcut across the Lima valley. These days it is a tourist attraction, with visitors walking carefully across, hoping it doesn’t sway too much. It is 40 metres high at its highest point and less than a metre wide.


  1. Our children will love this for whenever next we visit.

    • It looks like fun doesn’t it? I had never heard of it until Rosi sent me the photos. Nila has a bit of a following.

  2. Loved the first photo! Thanks for sharing

  3. Brave Nila!!

  4. I did not know about this bridge…. I guess that there is always something new to learn.

    • I had not heard of it either. I am now keen to visit.

  5. Hi Deb,

    We will be back in Bagni for a few days in 2013. Must go and see the bridge and a lot of the other places around Bagni you have photographed.
    Lovely Nila – I get tears when I see her photo. She is so lucky to be with Rosi and Adriano, they adore her.

    Cheers Judy.

    • I hope we will be in BdL at the same time. Nila is indeed a lucky dog, she was saved from a bad situation by her new parents.

  6. That is fantastic, so long and it must be thrilling in every sense of the word to get out there, and it will sway.. how exciting.. wow.. c

    • It is a great looking bridge. I was surprised to learn how old it is. I am very keen to walk across it.

  7. These bridges always give me the creeps, especially the suspension bridges in Nepal. I get nervous crossing them as they sway back and forth. What a brave dog!

    • I am keen to find out just how much it sways.

  8. I had goosebumps and a touch of vertigo just looking down towards the bridge! I would be interested to know how long it took to build this bridge and how the workmen did it. The changing scenery would be amazing in the different seasons. I love the picture of Nila eyeing that bridge with caution – what was she thinking?

    • I think the bridge took about 2 years to build, but I have no idea how it was done.

  9. Wow Deb Thanks so much for this-we will for certain find this in June!! What is on the otherside??

    • I don’t know what is on the other side but I will investigate.

  10. Hi Debra, I can’t wait for next June to see all the beautiful places you put on this site. I look at this site regularly and the excitement is building. I hope you enjoyed your Brisbane Christmas. I am here too with my much loved son and d.i.l. in Sinnamon Park. Now that I have been game enough to place my first post maybe I’ll do some more. Happy new year and 2012.

    • I’m sure you will love your visit to Bagni di Lucca.

  11. that is scary

    • I’m sure it is quite safe.

  12. Nila I feel your Fear – that will be me when I visit Bagni di Lucca in 2012 cannot wait !!

    • I am keen to investigate this bridge further.

  13. “Nila” what a nice name and what a lovely dog… and How beautiful their owner… She is a lucky dog. But I felt in my heart what she thinks in front of the bridge… Oh, dear Debra, I am so emotional one, tears fill my eyes… Then she crossed the bridge, did she? I missed this point… But probably I couldn’t have crossed this bridge… if it wouldn’t have been long like that maybe I could… but it is too long for me… By the way I haven’t known this bridge before your post, usually in Pakistan, India and around Himalayas I was thinking that these kind of bridges are there… Thank you, I learned something new again… BUT I loved this dog so much, Blessing her. And sure, Blessing and happiness for you too, with my love, nia

    • Nila is a beautiful dog and is loved very much by Rosi and Adriano. I don’t think Rosi and Nila went all the way across the bridge. You will notice that Nila was on a lead. Nila loves to run free when she visits the house we are building in the mountains. She gets excited when we get close and likes to get out of the car early so she can run the last few hundred metres.

      • Blessing her… I can imagine… Thank you dear Debra, you are so nice. Please give my kisses for Nila… Have a nice day, with my love, nia

  14. Why does that seem so scary to me? I’m sure it’s safe, but it nearly takes my breath away, and I’m not generally afraid of heights!

    • I can’t wait to get to the bridge and see how much it sways.

  15. Not for me I’m afraid…

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