I saw this bridge in Bassano del Grappa in some photos and I knew I had to go there. So, last year before the Treviso meeting I went there. As you see, the weather was marvelous and I could enjoy my visit. Bassano is a charming town, I could easily show photos of it for a long time. But the most impressive is this wooden bridge over Brenta River.
The first news of the existence of the medieval city dates from 998, while the Castle is mentioned first in 1150. In 1175 Bassano was conquered by Vicenza, but the city maintained a semi-autonomous status as a free commune in the 13th century also, when it was under the family of the Ezzelinos. In 1368 it was acquired by the Visconti of Milan and, in 1404, by the Republic of Venice.
The original name of the town was Bassano Veneto. After the terrible battles on Mount Grappa in WWI , where thousands of soldiers lost their lives, a decision was made to change the name of the town. In 1928, the name was changed to Bassano del Grappa, meaning Bassano of Mount Grappa, as a memorial to the soldiers killed. Ernest Hemingway during his days as an ambulance driver in the war spent many days in Bassano and eventually settled there as part of A Farewell to Arms. Also other American writers spent some days in Bassano during WWI such as Scott Fitzgerald and Dos Passos.
The symbol of the town is the covered wooden pontoon bridge , which was designed by the architect Andrea Palladio in 1569. The bridge was destroyed many times, the last time during WWII. The Alpine soldiers, or Alpini have always revered the wooden bridge and Bassano del Grappa. After the destruction of the bridge, they took up a private collection and had the bridge completely rebuilt. Often soldiers flock to the bridge to remember and sing songs from their days as alpine soldiers. The bridge is known as Ponte degli Alpini.
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fds (7330) 2011-03-02 11:38
bellissimo scorcio di bassano con ottimi colori
saxo042 (36912) 2011-03-02 11:54
This very special bridge, with its brown-red colours look very good against the blue-green background of water and sky. A very interesting note too, this photo gives me some ideas about our next holiday planning. Do you find a lot of Grappa around here?
PS Did you notice my WS on your previous upload?
gildasjan (40878) 2011-03-02 12:08
De belles couleurs complémentaires entre celles de l'architecture et celles de ce magnifique paysage.
JFS (32459) 2011-03-02 12:16
I've been once here and I have to say that your shot shows all the beauty of the place. Picture of great quality, good work!
Silvio1953 (115945) 2011-03-02 12:24
Ciao Malgorzata, bel POV sul famoso ponte, ce lo siamo persi al meeting per colpa del giro d'Italia, mi consolo guardando la tua bella e nitida foto, brava, ciao Silvio
BennyV (13546) 2011-03-02 12:34
Watching this picture, I have the same feeling: this is a place just have to go some day! A very impressive scene, and I'd never even heard of the place before. Not that I that know much about Italy, but still...
I have a weakness for covered bridges (just look at some of my recent posts), and I'd love to see this one for real some day. Great shot, tfs!
francio64 (38264) 2011-03-02 13:12
Ciao Malgorzata luce ben gestita per questa bella composizione in cui risalta il contrasto tra edifici e montagne.
giorgimer (34804) 2011-03-02 13:36
Hi Emka, how are you?
Interesting POV, different from usual one, nice light
mauro61 (52623) 2011-03-02 13:43
bella l'inquadratura che oltre al famoso ponte ritrae il bel panorama alle spalle.
Immagine di grande luminosità.
Zolive (5917) 2011-03-02 13:49
very nice picture, great light and colors.Very good depth and sharpness. The architecture of the bridge is very amazing.
ciakgiak (30405) 2011-03-02 15:16
Ciao cara Malgorzata,
non ho avuto mai il piacere di visitare Bassano del Grappa, ed a giudicare da questa cartolina meravigliosa devo colmare presto la lacuna. Molto bella l'inquadratura che divide equamente in due parti l'immagine tra il ponte e le case.
La qualità è eccellente, complimenti.
Un caro abbraccio
Sonata11 (33157) 2011-03-02 20:33
co za piekny widok. Bardzo ciekawa architektura, imponujacy most , gory na dlaszym planie wraz z zielenia i pieknym niebem. Przepiekne zdjecie. Tylko pomarzyc. Fantastyczna fotka. Moje gratulacje.
cargus (8022) 2011-03-02 22:37
Excellent panorama, perfect framing, colors played excellent, clear and bright a successful image, well done.!!
SWEETFREEDOM (21634) 2011-03-02 23:08
a beautiful place caught with a great light and colors, i like also the mountains in the background.
This place is nearly 2 hours by car from where i live i have to see it in the future.
jjcordier (73312) 2011-03-02 23:14
Belle photo de Bassano et de son vieux pont. Joli POV et lumière très agréable.
danyy (0) 2011-03-03 0:06
un bien ble endroit ou rouge, bleu et vert se cotoient dans une séduisante harmonie des teintes. Un POV en altitude vraiment bien choisi pour apprécier aussi l'arrière plan.
J_Burke (1285) 2011-03-03 2:26
Fantastic view. Your image is so well exposed, the architecture being very well lit but not overly bright either. Great shadows and colours and very well composed, the bridge comes through the image in just the right place. Excellent sharpness and depth too. Thanks for sharing.
jlbrthnn (79791) 2011-03-03 2:38
The bridge in the architecture so particular is the element which catches the eye. The centring on the village and the river is remarkable. The light, the colors, the neatness, the depth are excellent. Bravo.
Have a nice day
Bluejeans (64247) 2011-03-03 2:50
Ola Malgorzata ,
Beleza esta ponte de madeira que construção magnifica , Bassano é sem duvida um lugar a conhecer , bonitas cores , bons detalhes de arquitectura , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
pablominto (53744) 2011-03-03 2:56
Great summer mood, with the fine light and the cotton clouds!
The old bridge reminds me of the covered bridges that once were so popular in other parts of the world, maybe the idea originates here...
A slightly elevated point of view works well to show the place!
delpeoples (52497) 2011-03-03 3:16
Ciao carissima Malgo
Such vibrant colours and a dynamic scene. The repeating shapes of the bridge make a beautiful symmetry and the sharpness is excellent. Lovely job, thanks for sharing and I wish you a beautiful day in freezing Poland.
asajernigan (20420) 2011-03-03 3:31
This is a fantastic shot! Your POV was nicely chosen creating converging lines with the buildings and bridge. The lighting and colors are great as is the photo's sharpness.
luciola (2824) 2011-03-03 3:45
Swietna widokowka, bardzo ciekawie skomponowana, interesujaca architektura, oryginalny most, super gorskie tlo i nawet chmurki zechcialy wejsc w kadr.
mkamionka (29253) 2011-03-03 3:48
przyjemnie sie oglada takie widoki pelne slonecznego swiatla kiedy za oknem chlod i szarosc.
Bardzo ciekawa architektura, zupelnie mi nieznane miejsce. Piekne kolory. Przyjemnie sie oglada,
dkmurphys (46292) 2011-03-03 4:39
Splendid capture, a great place there. Italy is amazing. Fine shot, enjoy a calm afternoon.
ikeharel (52349) 2011-03-03 4:55
Enlighting riverside beautiful view, well taken from a higher POV, The wooden bridge is aazing, water-flow clearly shown.
Colors are too enhanced to my view, but a pleasent to watch alltogether. A great blue sky.
npecanhuk (60960) 2011-03-03 5:19
Magnificent place, both for its natural and architectural details!
I love that bridge and those balconies on the left!
Sharpness, exposure, chosen pov, colors, contrasts, horizontal format, black & white borders, overall pp and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
rodgerg (55767) 2011-03-03 7:01
I visited this nice nad charming city. Excellent memories image very well composed. Superb light very well managed under a beautiful blue sky with nice clouds.
jemaflor (80752) 2011-03-03 12:49
Superbe pov on this river and bridge, light and colors are wonderful, very well captured with this brightness.
Vasa (16736) 2011-03-03 15:35
Well known subject and your nice realization from the optimal position, dear Malgo. Your privilege was to go in Vicenza and you are sharing it with us. Your witness from your travels are precious. Especially for me keeping Belgrade. Ware regards friend,
AKITA (15125) 2011-03-04 0:42
a picturesque shot of wonderful scenery,
natural river, mountains and sky become splendid stage for this beautiful human town,
especially the right red bridge looks excellent hero and the left red house looks graceful heroin in this tale of river,
the light and colors in May are most vivid,
thank you for your excellent shot,
Fis2 (81968) 2011-03-04 1:00
podoba mi sie ten ciekawy most.
Ladny kadr, kompozycja i kolory.
Nadaje z Poznania ;)
Pozdrowka od Mikeo...
dta (62996) 2011-03-04 4:23
hello MAlgorzata ,
I remeber a fantastic shot from this place , of our friend "Paololg" . But it was from an opposite POV . You show us this one perfectly , too .
What a wonderful town ! The bridge is really outstanding . Like the colors and the excellent sharpness .
Guenther (10915) 2011-03-04 9:14
a very pleasent view of the beautiful city in vivid colours and a gorgeous weather enhanced by the nice little clouds. All taken from a wonderful POV, thanks for sharing.
Have a nice weekend
Longroute (19392) 2011-03-05 12:35
You forgot to mention a famous song sang by the Alpines soldiers:
"Sul ponte di Bassano,
noi ci darem la mano,
noi ci darem la mano,
ed un bacin d'amor..."
"On the Bassano bridge we will hold each others hands,
we will hold each others hands,
and we will exchange a love kiss..."
Did you not sing it when you were there?
This is just the classical postcard of Bassano, showing its famous bridge. what can we say? Just lovely!
s_lush (16134) 2011-03-05 13:18
The architecture of this picturesque town is very colorful and good-looking, including the architecture of this beautiful wooden bridge. You have captured the bridge and the town perfectly, against the wonderful green mountains under the nicely clouded blue sky. Excellent composition, high-quality capture, and very informative note!
Angshu (54745) 2011-03-05 23:07
This is quite an amazing bridge! I did not even know about the town nor the bridge so reading your note was a compelling experience as well. I can almost feel the excitement when you first saw the bridge with your own eyes...having dreamt of visiting it earlier.
A good high POV showing the place beautifully, the bridge of course, being the high point!
amaryllis (33486) 2011-03-06 13:52
une photo d'une netteté remarquable avec des couleurs superbes, ce pont recouvert, une luminosité idéale sur cet ensemble qu'est ce beau paysage
macjake (52184) 2011-03-09 14:31
yeah, i can see why you wanted to visit this town, i will too when i go at some point.
i know you're not one for taking 'postcard photos', but there is a reason why they are so popular, because they can be beautiful...such as this one.
i also like your other photo with a more creative shot of the bridge underneath.
the lighting was nice and bright for you here today.
have yourself a great day
- Copyright: Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) (73329)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-05-21
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
- Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Visiting Italy [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-03-02 11:28