Situated on a branch of the Po river, the city of Comacchio has been a bustling hub of activity since antiquity. Its rich cultural heritage has made it a significant center in the region, with its control being a point of contention among various local authorities over centuries. The Papal States held sway over Comacchio in the 16th century.
During this period, the city underwent a significant refurbishment led by architect Luca Danese. Comacchio had been subjected to numerous invasions in the preceding years, prompting the construction of a new city gate that also functioned as a bridge at the heart of the city.
Cardinal Giovanni Battista Maria Pallotta commissioned the bridge, which was built by Capuchin Giovanni Pietro da Lugano. Completed in 1638, the bridge was named “Trepponti”, translating to “Three Bridges”. Despite its name, derived from the Italian words tre (three) and ponti (bridge), the bridge actually has five approaches. The term “tri-” in the name refers to the division in the canal beneath the bridge, rather than the number of bridges.
The structure is made up of five individual brick bridges, with three at the front and two at the back, all converging on a central Istrian stone floor.
The large circular arch serves as an entrance for boats into the city. After passing under the Trepponti, the canal divides into four smaller waterways, each leading to a different area of Comacchio. Two guard towers flank the bridge, a feature that was added subsequently and is now a signature element of the architecture.
1 Via Trepponti