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09-MAR-2012

Firenze. Rio Arno

The river originates on Mount Falterona in the Casentino area of the Apennines, and initially takes a southward curve. The river turns to the west near Arezzo passing through Florence, Empoli and Pisa, flowing into the Tyrrhenian Sea at Marina di Pisa.
With a length of 241 kilometres (150 mi), it is the largest river in the region. It has many tributaries: Sieve (60 kilometres (37 mi)), Bisenzio (49 kilometres (30 mi)), Era, Elsa, Pesa and Pescia.
It crosses Florence, where it passes below the Ponte Vecchio and the Santa Tržnita bridge (built by Bartolomeo Ammanati, but inspired by Michelangelo). The river flooded this city regularly in historical times, the last occasion being the famous flood of 1966, with 4,500 m≥/s after rainfall of 437.2 millimetres (17.21 in) in Badia Agnano and 190 millimetres (7.5 in) in Florence, in only 24 hours.
The flow rate of the Arno is irregular. It is sometimes described as having a torrent-like behaviour, because it can easily go from almost dry to near-flood in a few days. At the point where the Arno leaves the Apennines, flow measurements can vary between 0.56 m≥/s and 3,540 m≥/s. New dams built upstream of Florence have greatly alleviated the problem in recent years.
A flood on November 4, 1966 collapsed the embankment in Florence, killing at least 40 people and damaging or destroying millions of works of art and rare books. New conservation techniques were inspired by the disaster, but even 40 years later hundreds of works still await restoration.

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William McCarey08-Nov-2012 17:59
Great use of perspective to draw the eye into the image. Well done! V
ac08-May-2012 10:55
Nice POV !
Yvonne27-Apr-2012 02:14
Beautiful image of the meandering river & bridges disappearing into the distant haze... v
Robin Reid26-Apr-2012 23:15
Excellent composition, I like this
woody3426-Apr-2012 22:51
Wonderful composition and beautiful view of those amazing bridges..obviously though they have had their problems in the past.
Helen Betts26-Apr-2012 22:20
A lovely view of the river with a perfect composition. The bridges lined up are wonderful.
Mike H.26-Apr-2012 21:58
Wonderful capture of these bridge layers on the Arno --
adds a uniqueness to this famous scene!
coaster26-Apr-2012 21:07
Excellent photo!
Fletcher Wildlife Garden26-Apr-2012 20:44
Fascinating information, thank you. And a splendid, breathtaking image. Bravo! V
Ceya26-Apr-2012 20:36
Another beautiful Italian city well captured! Lovely view of the river Arno with many interesting bridges, as well as old architecture onshore.. Well done! V
Guest 26-Apr-2012 20:21
excellent overview of the Arno with the crossing bridges where fine gold wares are often displayed and sold
Fabienne26-Apr-2012 19:57
Quelle jolie vue avec tous ces ponts qui enjambent la rivière.
Le premier avec ces peintures sur les côtés est splendide.
patou26-Apr-2012 19:34
Une prise de vue tres agreable ( v )
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