The 'Ponte dei Salti' stone bridge soars over the turquoise Verzasca with two arches. 400 years after its completion, is draws visitors in droves on a daily basis. Some photograph the picture-perfect subject from all sides, others use the bridge as a springboard for diving into the refreshing water.

Anyone driving on the narrow road which meanders along the green Verzasca valley cannot miss the stone bridge at Lavertezzo: with its two arches and the elegant curvature, the 'Ponte dei Salti' makes an exciting contrast to the otherwise rather wild nature of the valley and offers the multitudes of visitors from around the world a picture-perfect subject for their holiday photo album.

While some start on the various hiking routes from here, others enjoy the picturesque bathing site. They leap from the medieval double arch bridge into the turquoise waters of the Verzasca and then lie on a stone in the sun. Anyone who wants to embellish their bathing trip with a little more history can find another architectural gem in Lavertezzo: the 'Beata Vergine degli Angeli' church.



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    Ambarish Prakash (9 months ago)
    Beautiful location to hang out. Some shallow and deep areas as well. Great for swimming!
    Ulia Bogush (2 years ago)
    Great place for rock climbing!! I saw a lot of people coming here for 10-30 minutes to take a photo and go back. However, I would recommend staying here for at least 3-4 hours to climb around and fully enjoy the place!
    Petr Kupka (2 years ago)
    Incredibly beautiful sight and its surroundings are perfect for picnicking or just laying on the sun and relaxing. The place is a bit too touristic though, I recommend to come early to avoid stress with parking.
    Diego Cohen (2 years ago)
    Super refreshing waters to swim in. Walk up/down the main point to have more private swimming spaces. Be careful though; it's still a river.
    Ursula Burgisser (2 years ago)
    Amazing, super easy to get here on public transportation. The water is cold but soon clean and inviting. Everybody was friendly.
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