Treviso: Dove Sile e Cagnan s accompagna Monumento

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Located on the centre of a bridge crossing the River Sile and the Cagnan sits a stone monument. The monument bears the inscription ‘Là dove Sile e Cagnan s’accompagna’ which translates as ‘Where the Sile and Cagnan’ and are words taken from Dante’s Paradiso. The bridge was dubbed the ‘Bridge of the Impossible’ given the difficulties encountered upon its construction.

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In 1865 the bridge was named after the 13th century Italian poet Dante Degli Alighieri. The monument bears the inscriptions ‘Inferno, Paradiso and Purgatorio’ – ‘Hell, Paradise and Purgatory’ which are the three parts that divide Dante’s Divine Comedy.