CARNEVALE PONT SAINT MARTIN

CARNEVALE PONT SAINT MARTIN

Forget New Orleans and Venice, go celebrate Carnevale in Valle d’Aosta. See the giant and eerie Devil hanging from the Roman bridge the town is named for. (ponte is Italian for bridge) Legend has it that Martin was on a pilgrimage to Rome when he stopped in this small village on the Lys River. The old bridge had burnt down and he was stuck there. The villagers wanted a bigger more solid replacement but didn’t have the money. Martin made a deal with the Devil to build them a new bridge. In return, the Devil demanded payment in the form of the soul of the first one to cross the bridge. Martin tossed a piece of bread on the bridge and a stray dog ran for it, not sure if the canine’s soul was sacrificed but the Devil was angry and tried to destroy the bridge. Martin stuck a cross on top, saved the bridge and the people called him a saint and named the bridge and the town for him.  Go celebrate the ancient Carnevale rituals in the town with the legendary bridge.