Ponte Santa Trinita temporary restoration, 1944

Ponte Santa Trinita

Ponte Santa Trinita, located downstream of Ponte Vecchio in Firenze, Italy, was built between 1567 to 1569 by Florentine architect Bartolomeo Ammannati.

The bridge was destroyed by retreating Wehrmacht forces on the night of August 3rd 1944, as the advancing British 8th Army pressured the Germans to leave the city after a year-long occupation.

In the image we can see a temporary Bailey Bridge built by Royal Engineers, after British forces liberated Firenze.

Ponte Santa Trinita was reconstructed in 1958 with original stones recovered from the Arno riverbed, as well as stones mined from the Boboli gardens (original mining site for the bridge), and it still stands today.

Book suggestions ⤵️

📖 The Way Back to Florence (Glenn Haybittle, 2015)

📖 Still Life (Sarah Winman, 2021)

📖 The Sweet Hills of Florence (Jan Wallace Dickinson, 2018)

Note: These three special books recommended above are historical fiction, as I haven’t read or identified any factual writings about Ponte Santa Trinita or Firenze in World War Two. Note that books suggested on Ww2HistoryBook are always historical non-fiction, unless specified otherwise.

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