The whole of the rock, of the stone of the medieval village, and of that of the fortress merged together in a dark image of pure Middle Ages makes Lucchio one of the most scenic towns of the most hidden Tuscany. The fortress, dating back to the 11th century and developed in the full feudal age, enjoys one of the most dominant positions in the surrounding area and above all on the valley bottom road that runs along the river Lima. In these years, the country is enjoying a phase of redemption from degradation and ruin.
Its singular profile, with its large arch, has inspired numerous artists and made legends flourish about its construction. Its slender appearance, which still strikes those who admire it, must have been even more suggestive in the past, when the dam had not yet been built, which since the second post-war period has raised the water level near the bridge.
The suspension bridge over the Lima river is located in Mammiano Basso, between Popiglio and San Marcello. It is a structure present in the Guinness Book of World Records, as it is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world (it measures 220 meters in length). It is certainly not a work of art, but still represents a skill; engineering, dating back to 1922.
Made with steel cables anchored with massive concrete rock chains and iron boards with metal nets to form the walkway a little less than a meter wide, it has side tie rods to make it less subject to hesitation and safer. Today the suspension bridge represents a very successful tourist destination (there is also a small lake for sport fishing below), but when it was born it was a shortcut for the workers of the nearby areas and of the other part of the valley that had to reach the metallurgical factories of Limestre and Campo Tizzoro. Impossible not to try at least a little thrill …