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The westward view from the Ponte Vecchio, the Ponte S. Trinita is the oldest elliptic arch bridge in the world. Like the Ponte Vecchio many bridges spanned the Arno at this point and most were destroyed by floods. This version of the bridge was completed in 1569 and was destroyed by the Nazis in 1944. The bridge was reconstructed using the debris recovered from the river, as well as new limestone from the quarry the original bridge was sourced from. Reconstruction was completed in 1958, though the missing head of one of the statues erected in 1608 to celebrate Cosimo II’s wedding was not found until 1961.

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We tried to do the touristy shot – but it was raining pretty good at this point. Believe it or not, this is the best of the many shots we took – hard to coordinate the camera when you have one person holding an umbrella and the other doing the reverse-hope-I-get-it shot.

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