Ponte Santa Trinita - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Virtual tour showing a view of Florence taken from Ponte Santa Trinita on a cloudy day in May 2010. This panorama shows some of the buildings in Florence as well as views up and down the Arno River.
Ponte Santa Trinita - FURTHER INFORMATION
Ponte Santa Trinita - Florence visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Ponte Santa Trinita' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Tuscany.
Ponte Santa Trinita spans the Arno river in Florence (Firenze) between Ponte Vecchio and the Ponte alla Carraia. Although not one of the notable tourist attractions in the city, Ponte Santa Trinita is the oldest elliptic arch bridge in the world. This Renaissance bridge was built in 1567-69 by Florentine architect Bartolomeo Ammanati. It has three spans, the outside spans each measure 29m long and the middles span 32m long.
Ponte Santa Trìnita literally means 'Holy Trinity Bridge', and it is named after a nearby church in via de' Tornabuoni. It replaced an earlier stone bridge swept away during a flood in 1557. The site has been bridge since the thirteenth century and the current bridge is the fourth one here.
In 1944, during WWII, Ponte Santa Trìnita was blown up by retreating Germans, and the current bridge was rebuilt from stone salvaged from the river or quarried from the original quarry. The only bridge in Florence not destroyed by Germans is Ponte Vecchio, now a very popular tourist attraction.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Bus: Frescobaldi (36, 68, C3), Coverelli (6, C3, D), Tornabuon (6, 36, 68)
Train: Firenze Santa Maria Novella Station.
Walk: About 1km from Firenze SAN station.