Past & Present: Penny Bridge
In 1866 an iron footbridge was constructed across the river Tiber, close to the church of San Giovanni dei Fiorentini. The bridge was duly called Ponte dei Fiorentini, but as there was a small charge to cross it, it also came to be known as Ponte del Soldo (Penny Bridge).
Ponte dei Fiorentini was destroyed in 1941 and replaced by Ponte Principe Amedeo Savoia Aosta, better known simply as Ponte Principe.
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My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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