Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy
Ponte Vecchio. Florence, Italy

Florence's iconic bridge has twinkled with the glittering wares of jewellers since the 16th century when Ferdinando I de 'Medici (Grand Duke of Tuscany) ordered them here to replace the often malodorous presence of the town butchers, who were wont to toss unwanted leftovers into the river.

The bridge as it stands was built in 1345 and was the only one in Florence saved from destruction from the retreating Germans in 1944.

Admire the sunset from Ponte Vecchio. Before 9am and after 7:30pm the closed shops with wooden shutters make the bridge even more interesting.

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