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Ponte Vecchio in Bassano del Grappa is a wooden 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 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 grappa shop of Nardini Distillery is located on the bridge, known as Ponte degli Alpini.

Architecturally thinking, what interests me most is that the bridge has varies detailing and a strong rhythm for the users.  The bridge uses of Tuscanic columns as the support of the lintel that holds the cover. It has varies detailing and a strong rhythm   At its base it’s characterized by large breakwater wooden pylons featuring a trapezoid shape.

perspective sketch of the bridge

From this photo, we can strongly feel the rhythm of the wooden truss supporting the roof and the wooden columns on the side

Detail showing the condition when three members are meeting: the columns, the side beam and the trusses

Detail showing the steel joint between the beam and the truss

Detail shows the connections between two members

Details showing the joint between the base of the bridge and the lower trusses supporting the body of the bridge

All in all, this bridge has the same character as Palladio’s style: symmetrical,  strong sense of order and perfect proportions, it is a great place to visit.