Ponte Mediceo



  • Ponte Mediceo: Historic bridge
  • Medici coat of arms on central pillar
  • Connects Pontassieve to San Francesco di Pelago
  • Beautiful Tuscan landscape
Via Ghiberti, 50065 Pontassieve FI, Italy


Discover the Ponte sulla Sieve, also known as the Ponte Mediceo, a historic 16th-century bridge commissioned by Cosimo I. Marvel at the Medici family’s coat of arms on the central stone pillar, as you walk along the path that connects the village of Pontassieve to San Francesco di Pelago. Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring beauty of the quintessential Tuscan landscape surrounding this iconic bridge, and feel a deep connection to the past as you follow in the footsteps of St. Francis and countless pilgrims on their spiritual journey.

Culture & History

The Ponte sulla Sieve, or Ponte Mediceo, was built in the 16th century to replace a previous bridge destroyed by a flood. Commissioned by Cosimo I, it was designed by Stefano di San Piero a Ponti and his son Tommaso, likely following a plan by Bartolomeo Ammannati. The bridge’s purpose was to connect the Republic of Florence to the territories of Mugello, Casentino, and Arezzo. Pontassieve, originally named Castel Sant’Angelo, was a military stronghold and a strategic location for the Florentines.

The bridge has been restored twice: once in 1788 by order of Grand Duke Peter Leopold of Lorraine and again after damage from World War II. It features two red brick arches resting on a robust central stone pillar, adorned with the Medici family’s coat of arms.

There is no direct connection between the Ponte Mediceo and St. Francis. However, the bridge serves as a vital link for pilgrims walking the Via di Francesco pilgrimage trail, as it connects the village of Pontassieve to San Francesco di Pelago.

How to Get There

Walk the historic Ponte Mediceo on your pilgrimage journey.