The footbridge Thaon Revel was inaugurated in July 2013 and immediately loved by tourists and locals. The bridge concept redesigns the sea promenade of La Spezia in order to presecute the city walk to the Mirabello Marina and to redesign a natural continuation of the urban pedestrian axis that forms the backbone of Via del Prione in the old town.
The bridge architecture comes from a careful interpretation of the city’s urban ratio and pays tribute to the local maritime and naval industry tradition. The bridge is as a thin line of white steel connecting the two sides, returning a vision of the city from the sea; the view from the city is a continuous arc that seems to emerge from the water as a sailboat. The type of structure recalls, in fact, the framework of one of the many boats built each year by the shipyard of La Spezia and is supported by numerous pairs of steel stay cables ; the cable-stayed path is supported by two masts that pay homage to the concept of sailing.
The bridge is dedicated to Paolo Emilio Thaon Revel, who was an Italian admiral and politician who was also given the title of First Duke of the sea. He was president of the Italian Geographic Society from 1921 to 1923 and to him was dedicated also a track of the walk along the Tiber in Rome.