Tuesday stroll + coffee..

Hi everyone!

Today it was a beautiful sunny day! So i went for a walk and then for a coffee by the Arno river.. 

Crossing via Ricasoli, where Academy of Fine Arts (Accademia di Belle Arti) is situated, i arrived at Duomo’s northern side.. In the photos below you can see a part of the cathedral and the Campanile (bell tower)..

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Then i passed from Piazza Duomo with the famous Cathedral, Campanile and Battistero (baptistery)..

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And then i arrived at Via Tornabuoni that houses high fashion boutiques.. Via Tornabuoni recently became pedestrian which is awesome! At the end of the street is situated Santa Trìnita square and then the homonymous bridge.. They are finishing now the pedestrianization of this final part of the street!

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The Ponte Santa Trìnita (Holy Trinity Bridge, named for the ancient church in the nearest stretch of via de’Tornabuoni) is a Renaissance bridge, spanning the Arno river. The Ponte Santa Trìnita is the oldest elliptic arch bridge in the world. The outside spans measure each 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 Ammanati from 1567 to 1569. Its site, downstream of the equally remarkable Ponte Vecchio, is a major link in the mediæval street plan of Florence, which has been bridged at this site since the thirteenth century. 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 8 August 1944, the bridge was destroyed by retreating German troops, but 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.

Here you can see the bridge in 360º view!

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Then heading towards Ponte Vecchio..

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Then i walked through one of my favorite alleys at Via Girolami and arrived at the Uffizi Gallery which is always under construction!

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photos © chrysoula papagianni

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