Borgo a Mozzano’s most emblematic monument is just beyond the town centre, in the direction of Rocca, a small hamlet about 7 minutes by car from the town that vaunts stunning views of the landscape below. Ponte della Maddalena, also known as the Devil’s Bridge, is like a medieval fantasy come to life. Probably commissioned by Matilda of Tuscany, who ruled the area in the late 11th century, the bridge’s creepy name comes from a legend about its construction. It’s said that the master builder, Maestro Incerti, unable to complete this difficult project, asked the Devil for help. Satan agreed but only if in return he could claim the soul of the first living being to cross the finished bridge. Once the bridge was finished, Incerti decided to send a dog across the bridge, infuriating the swindled devil.
If you’re lucky enough to visit in the spring, you’ll want to check out the Azalea Festival, which takes place in mid-April. During the three-day show, the village is decorated with every variety of flower, with the azalea taking centre stage. The festival also vaunts food stands, artisan crafts, tastings, talks and art exhibitions. A few weeks later, on May 1, Borgo a Mozzano hosts the tasty Baccalà Festival, dedicated to codfish and held in collaboration with the town’s sister city Aalesund, Norway. The evening sagra offers delicious dishes and live music: a classic Italian experience!