Fare il ponte is an Italian expression which literally means 'to make a bridge'. However, it has nothing to do with builders and engineers! It is used to express time off which you take in relation to a public holiday when this holiday is close to a weekend or another public holiday.
For example, May 1st is a public holiday in Italy, la festa del lavoro (Labours Day). In 2014 this falls on a Thursday, so people could decide to use their annual leave and take Friday and Saturday (for many Italians Saturday is a working day) off work and they would be making il ponte.
Italians often use a ponte to go out with friends and family or even go away for the weekend.
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