In a place like Lezzeno, where you still breath an air of witchcraft, it was only natural to call its inhabitants “strii o striòzz de Leéscen” (Lezzeno’s witches or sorcerers) and as a consequence to call the bridge “punt del Diaul” (devil’s bridge). Built between 1911 to 1917 the builders from the village were proud of having taken part to this useful but difficult and dangerous challenge; they had in fact to work on a barely accessible cliff overhanging the lake. According to the legend the bridge construction, which was of great importance for the traffic flow from Como to Bellagio and vice versa, had a few hindrances and the engineer in charge didn’t know which way to turn.

One night the devil himself appeared to him, he promised to help in exchange of the soul of the first person who would cross the bridge. When pressed the engineer accepted but when the work was finished he remembers the pact with the devil and was scared and wanted to cheat the devil making a dog run (which he had thrown a bone to) across the river. One of the most fascinating aspects of walking is, with greater or lesser awareness, going through routes trampled on by noble feet, rough boots, paws and hooves which had a great part in building this territory history. One of the paths which still exude a tantalizing scent is the Via Regia, which was enhanced by the Società Archeologica Comense some years ago by adding simple but very useful signs on the route starting in Como and ending in Bellagio.

One of the most fascinating stretches of the whole route is the one passing just above the hamlet Villa in the Village of Lezzeno and goes on through rocky cliffs. From up there you can watch the disturbing shape of the Devil’s bridge feeling at the same time dizziness and disorientation for an ideal joining of ground and water.


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