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Written by Larry Aiello   
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 15:11

One of the major tourist attractions in the city of Florence, Italy is the Ponte Vecchio.  The name in Italian means old bridge, because it dates all the way back to the Roman Empire.

The bridge was originally made out of wood.  However, since Florence is prone to flooding, a flood destroyed the bridge back in 1333.  A dozen years later it was rebuilt in 1345.  Today's version is a 3 arched bridge that is fabricated of stone.  The main architect of the bridge was Taddeo Gaddi.  In the late 1500's the upper part of the bridge was built by Giorgio Vasari.

Interesting History about the Ponte Vecchio

The Florentine bridge was the only one spared by the Germans during the second World War.  They did not want to destroy such a beautiful piece of architecture.

Back in the old days, the bridge was home to butcher shops.  Today, it is home to exquisite Italian jewelry and leather stores.  These are craftsmen that have been artisans for centuries.

A stroll on the bridge with some Italian gelato is a must, especially after your visit to the Uffizi Galleries or the Pitti Palace.  If you go at sunset, you will see an incredible view of the city of Florence.

Take a look at the picture of the bridge below, and I think you will agree, it has an undeniable charm and ambiance.  Don't you agree?

Related links:

Agritourism in the Tuscany region

Day trip options for Turin

The famous Ponte Vecchio in Florence




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