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Rita Crane Photography: Golden Evening Along the Arno, Florence

A winter evening....and two companions stopped on the Ponte alle Grazie to enjoy the shimmering water and soft glow of lights along the banks of the Arno. This is the bridge just upstream from the Ponte Vecchio, that one passes by to go to the Piazzale Michelangelo. On the hill one can see San Miniato al Monte. Sometimes I wish it were night all the time! I love how nature envelops us in the darkness, and we return to a different way of seeing and feeling.

 

TECHIE NOTES: Photo taken in color. Adjusted to monochrome in photoshop, and warming filter added.

 

For those who like to know about architecture and history, here is information about this bridge in Florence:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ponte_alle_Grazie

 

Here is a photo of the original Ponte alle Grazie, before it was destroyed during WW II. At the time it was the oldest bridge in Florence:

www.shopping24.ilsole24ore.com/ProductRelated/alinari/fot...

 

....and here is a wonderful etching of the original Ponte alle Grazie:

grandtour.bncf.firenze.sbn.it:9080/nazionale/galleria-imm...

 

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And about the romanesque church on the hill:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basilica_di_San_Miniato_al_Monte

The Basilica di San Miniato al Monte (Basilica of St Minias on the Mountain) stands atop one of the highest points in Florence, and has been described as the finest Romanesque structure in Tuscany and one of the most beautiful churches in Italy.

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Taken on March 4, 2007