Ascoli Piceno and the Cecco’s bridge mystery.
Near Porta Maggiore in Ascoli Piceno, just outside the historic center, stands the oldest and most majestic bridge in the city: the Cecco’s bridge, which crosses the Castellano creek and leads to the Malatesta fort. Erected for military purposes in the I century BC, between the late Roman Republic and the early Augustan age, the bridge was built in travertine and stone.
Place of great charm, the work once played a strategic role.
The bridge allowed the Salaria, the ancient consular road that crossed the city of Ascoli in the Roman age, to continue until Castrum Truentinum, on the Adriatic coast.
Concerning its origins in the Roman age, many Ascolans tun up their noses - there is still a folktale, according to which the bridge derives its name from Cecco d’Ascoli, poet and astrologist who built the bridge in one night using the help of the devil. In reality, the bridge owes its name to the master Cecco Aprutino, who restored it in 1349 on commission from Galeotto Malatesta.
In 1944, during the Second World War, the Cecco’s bridge was destroyed by the Germans and the Wehrmacht troops, together with the Maggiore bridge. It was rebuilt in the 60s by recovering the fallen stones in the underlying stream.
Nowadays the bridge is 43 meters long and 4.5 meters wide and it has two asymmetrical arches – the largest is twice the minor. Certainly, a place to visit to fully enjoy the architectural and scenic beauties of the city.