Ponte Santa Trinita, Florence

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The Ponte Santa Trìnita (Italian for Holy Trinity Bridge, named for the ancient church in the nearest stretch of via de' Tornabuoni) is a Renaissance bridge in Florence, Italy, spanning the Arno. The Ponte Santa Trìnita is the oldest elliptic arch bridge in the world, characterised by three flattened ellipses. The outside spans each measure 29 m (95 ft) with the centre span being 32 m (105 ft) in length. The two neighbouring bridges are the Ponte Vecchio, to the east, and the Ponte alla Carraia to the west.

The bridge was constructed by the Florentine architect Bartolomeo Ammannati from 1567 to 1569. Its site, downstream of the Ponte Vecchio, is a major link in the medieval street plan of Florence, which has been bridged at this site since the 13th century. The wooden bridge of 1252 was swept away in a flood seven years later and was rebuilt in stone; this structure was in turn destroyed by a flood in 1333. The bridge of five arches constructed by Taddeo Gaddi was also destroyed in the flood of 1557, which occasioned Ammannati's replacement. Four ornamental statues of the Seasons were added to the bridge in 1608, as part of the wedding celebrations of Cosimo II de' Medici with Maria Magdalena of Austria: Spring by Pietro Francavilla, Summer and Autumn by Giovanni Caccini, and Winter by Taddeo Landini.

On the night between 3 and 4 of August 1944, the bridge was destroyed by retreating German troops on the advance of the British 8th Army. A Bailey bridge was built for temporary use by the Royal engineers. The bridge was reconstructed in 1958 with original stones raised from the Arno or taken from the same quarry, under the direction of architect Riccardo Gizdulich and engineer Emilio Brizzi. The missing head of Primavera was recovered from the bed of the Arno in October 1961.
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  • The bridge is recognizable by three elegant arches, protruding pylons and those grimacing goats at the cusp of each arch. The bridge adopted the name Santa Trinita from the nearby basilica at the...  more »
  • This bridge seems to be overlooked by its more famous neighbor. That works just fine as there are no crowds and the photos from the bridge are ideal - Ponte Vecchio, Arno and city skyline. Beautiful.....  more »
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  • Elegance is simplicity, overstated. This bridge is breath-taking in it's stately elegance. Just go and hang out after dinner. Being in a spot this classy has to impact you somehow!!!!!! Don't have a reason, and don't have a plan. Just stand there and contemplate your navel. It will be time well spent.
  • Magical day in Firenze 💫 I was sight seeing after my last meeting (was in the city for business) and was taking a photo of the bridge when this lovely lady, who was a local, asked if I wanted a photo! She literally took this shot of me and said "Enjoy Florence darling" and went off about her day. Again, I didn't even ask for a pic - she offered. Tuscan hospitality 😉 Florence is beautiful

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