Bridge over River Arno, Florence

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Florence is best enjoyed walking. During one of the walks, happened to see this wonderful bridge. Named for the church of Santa Trinita nearby, this is probably the third oldest bridge in Florence – although it was rebuilt many times. The way we see it now is the way it is the design by Amannati with the patronage of Cosimo de’ Medici and possibly the help of Michelangelo. The elliptical form of the arches has been paralleled to the curve of the top of the tombs in the Medici Chapels. At the center of each arch is a white marble cartouche, and at either end of the bridge there are two allegorical statues representing the four seasons from 1608.

The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore – The Duomo, as it is ordinarily called is the main church of Florence, Italy.
The dome of the cathedral designed by Filippo Brunelleschi can be seen in the background with its distinct eight white ribs.

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