Ponte Vecchio - Ponte Vecchio information and pictures
is the famous bridge over the Arno River built in 1345. Ponte Vecchio is also the oldest bridge in Florence
designed by Taddeo Gaddi – a student of Giotto. The bridge has houses on it and was originally used by butchers who disposed waste in the river but in 1593 they were driven out by Duke Fernando I and were replaced by jewelers and goldsmiths.
In 1565 Vasari designed a corridor which runs along the eastern side of the bridge above the shops. The idea was to allow the Medici family to move about without mixing with the communal people.
Today Ponte Vecchio is an ideal place for the antique and gold lovers and for those who love sunsets.
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