Ponte Vecchio, Florence

Ponte Vecchio, 18-40, 50125 Florence, Italy

Ponte Vecchio - the most famous and oldest bridge in Florence , which has preserved its original appearance. The bridge in its present form was built in 1345 by architect Neri di Fioravanti instead of the old wooden bridge that crosses the river Arno in this place since Roman times. A distinctive feature of the Ponte Vecchio is the location of houses along the bridge on either side. In the center of the bridge spans a number of buildings is interrupted and goes into the open air , where you can admire the river and the other bridges of the city.. Buildings stretches over the Vasari Corridor , named after the architect who created it specifically for Cosimo I may have to first pass of the Palazzo Vecchio to Palazzo Pitti, because in those days on the bridge located shops and butchers from the bridge a strong stench emanated. Along the corridor is a series of small round windows of which, according to legend, the ruler could overhear what they say ordinary people at the bottom of the bridge. Since the sixteenth century shops on the bridge were replaced by jewelry stores and shops. Therefore, it also became known as " Golden Bridge". Before the Second World War, during the reign of Mussolini, Hitler specifically for the arrival of the inside of the Vasari Corridor in the central part of the observation deck was made with large rectangular windows , which have survived to the present day..

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