Castelsaraceno Footbridge

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Castelsaraceno Footbridge
Ponte Tibetano Castelsaraceno
Castelsaraceno, Basilicata, Italy
(164) feet high / (50) meters high
1,903 foot span / 580 meter span


Many may be surprised to learn that in 2020 the Castelsaraceno Footbridge became the longest bridge span ever built in Italy as well as maybe taking the title of World's Longest Footbridge. Unlike more conventional pedestrian bridges that have a solid deck, Castelsaraceno is a Tibet-style span with a light deck composed of open gaps alternating with steel slats. The more open nature of the span requires guests to wear equipment that connects to an overhead wire for a safer journey.

Prior to the decision to cross the valley in one span, a more conventional "Via Ferrata" hiking path of several smaller spans was planned. Zig-zagging through the valley, one scheme had three crossings of 170+170+160 meters.

The narrow, 580 meter long deck also limits the number of people who can be on the bridge at one time. Also unusual to the Castelsaraceno footbridge are more then a dozen ground anchored wind cables spaced at intervals along the entire length of the span that keep the bridge from swaying in the wind or from pedestrian induced oscillations. The sagging, Tibet-style walkway reaches a height of around 50 meters above the creek bed with the anchorages approximately 80 meters above the creek bed elevation.

All of these restrictions will make some argue that Castelsaraceno is not worthy of having the "world's longest footbridge" title since the main span is not free and clear. This debate over the "rules" of what constitutes a world record footbridge span may never have everyone in agreement but there is no argument over how exciting a walk across this span is with amazing views of the Nocito creek and surrounding mountains. Also not to be missed is the charming mountain town of Castelsaraceno, seemingly lost in an earlier time when the pace of life was slower and simpler.

World's 40 Longest Footbridge Spans

1. Sky Bridge 721, Czech Republic - 721 meters

2. Skywalk Willingen, Germany – 665 meters

3. Yundingfeidu Glass Footbridge, China – 615 meters

4. Tibetan Footbridge of Canillo, Andorra - 603 meters

5. Haizhaigou UFO Glass Footbridge, China - 600 meters

6. Castelsaraceno Footbridge, Italy - 580 meters

7. Gandaki Golden/Baglung Parbat, Nepal - 567 meters

8. 516 Arouca, Portugal - 516 meters

9. Wanjiazhai Dam, China - 500 meters

10. Charles Kunonen, Switzerland – 494 meters

11. Kushma Bungy, Nepal - (490) meters

12. Huangchuansanxia Glass, China - 460 meters

13. Rappbode Dam, Germany - 458 meters

14. Blackforestline of Todtnau, Germany - 450 meters

15. Tianyundu Glass Footbridge, China - (450) meters

16. Daqingshan Glass Footbridge, China - 450 meters

17. Longguwan Glass Footbridge, China - (445) meters

18. Hongyagu Glass, China - 445 meters

19. Sochi Skybridge, Russia – 439 meters

20. Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass, China – 430 meters

21. Yinzuotianmeng, China – 420 meters

22. Longguashan Footbridge, China – (410) meters

23. Chikhaldara Glass Skywalk, India - 407 meters

24. Ulleong Sogeumsan, South Korea - 404 meters

25. Highline 179, Austria – 402 meters

26. Mishima Grand, Japan – 400 meters

27. Kokonoe Otsurihashi, Japan - 390 meters

28. Nanjiang Gorge Glass Footbridge, China - (385 meters)

29. Jorullo ATV Bridge, Mexico - 380 meters

30. Ryujin, Japan - 375 meters

31. Skywalk Sattel, Switzerland - (374 meters)

32. Yunjian Glass Footbridge, China - (365 meters)

33. Bega-Banduk, Nepal - 365 meters

34. Geierlay, Germany – 360 meters

35. Kushma-Mudhikuwa, Nepal - 359 meters

36. Baiheshanzhuang Footbridge, China - 358 meters

37. Qingrengu Glass Footbridge, China - (355 meters)

38. Bailihuang Glass Footbridge, China - 350 meters

39. Triveni Garas, Nepal - 350 meters

40. Bunwajorghat, Nepal - 350 meters

41. Shuiyuan Footbridge, China - 342 meters











The original design called for multiple spans supported by hillside suspension cables.


The newer design has a full span with only two anchorages and no suspension cables, only wind stabilizing cables.


The original design called for multiple spans supported by hillside suspension cables.


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An early design had 3 footbridge spans zig-zagging across the valley.


Castelsaraceno Footbridge satellite image.



Castelsaraceno Footbridge location map.