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 the Ponte dei Fiorentini, but as there was a small charge to cross it, it also came to be known as the Ponte del Soldo (Penny Bridge).
The Ponte dei Fiorentini was destroyed in 1941 and replaced by the Ponte Principe Amedeo Savoia Aosta, better known simply as the Ponte Principe or the Ponte PASA.
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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 and
small-group walking tours
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