Hilde Lotz-Bauer


The most famous and oldest bridge in Florence is the Ponte Vecchio, which already existed in Roman times and which was replaced by a new bridge in 1345. Towards the end of the 16th century, Duke Ferdinand I decreed that the goldsmiths should use the shops along both sides of it. The evolution of the bridge is accompanied by that of the Corridoio Vasariano (1554), which connects the Uffizi palace with the Palazzo Pitti and was supported in the middle of the bridge by three arcades. At the Borgo San Jacopo end of the bridge, Vasari was forced to construct supports to take the corridor round the Mannelli tower because the owners refused to let the corridor pass through it. The medieval Ponte Santa Trinita collapsed in 1557 during a flood. The reconstruction by Bartolomeo Ammannati between 1567 and 1570 is a prime example of building excellence. Three majestic bridge piers support the flat, elliptic curves of the arches. Kriegbaum linked the “dynamic fantasy of architecture” to a section of a letter, according to which there had been a design by Michelangelo. This Roman design had come to Florence and been taken into account by Ammannati. In 1608, four statues portraying the allegories of the four seasons were erected on the occasion of the wedding of Cosimo II to Maria Magdalena of Austria. As in other cases, Hilde Lotz-Bauer’s photographs are also so significant in this case because the bridge was completely destroyed during the Second World War and reconstructed after the war.

Corridoio Vasariano at the Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio

Loggia of the Ponte Vecchio

Buttresses of the Ponte Vecchio

View in the direction of Via de’ Bardi

Ponte S. Trinita, view in the direction of Borgo San Jacopo

The city walls of San Frediano


Ponte S. Trinita, view in the direction of Borgo San Jacopo

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