First posted to Flickr years ago, and reposting for contacts who never saw this one. A glimpse of this beautiful Renaissance bridge. Photo taken one early morning, when there were only a few people crossing. .
"Dante meets Beatrice at Ponte Santa Trinita": commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dante_and_beatrice.jpg
"Florence in War & Flood.: WWII bombing of Ponte Santa Trinita. :0( Heartbreaking of course. Luckily it was rebuilt with the same stones and sculptures dredged from the river, or where the pieces could not be recovered, from the same quarry. Here is a photo of the bridge after it was bombed: florenceinwarandflood.wordpress.com/works-in-exhibition/p...
And more information here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ponte_Santa_Trinit%c3%a0
The Ponte Santa Trinità (Italian for Holy Trinity Bridge) is a Renaissance bridge in Florence, Italy, spanning the Arno river. The bridge has three spans. Having been constructed by the Florentine architect Bartolomeo Ammanati from 1567 to 1569 alongside the equally remarkable Ponte Vecchio, the Ponte Santa Trinita is the oldest elliptic arch bridge in the world. The flattened ellipses give the structure its celebrated elegant appearance. The bridge was destroyed by retreating German troops on 8 August 1944, but reconstructed in 1958 with original stones raised from the Arno or taken from the same quarry.