Ponte Scagliero, Verona, Italy
Ponte Scagliero, is the Castelvecchio (‘old castle’) of Verona’s della Scala family, the medieval rulers. In keeping with many other Italian rulers over the centuries, the della Scalas invested in magnificent art, thick walls and an escape route – Ponte Scagliero – over the river. The other bridge, the Ponte Pietra, dates to Roman times. Both were destroyed by retreating Germans in 1945 and were carefully restored after the war. Today the castle holds a museum, with works by Pisanello, Veronese and Tintoretto, medieval frescoes and sculptures, and weapons and jewellery.