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Ponte Vecchio


Ponte Vecchio Bridge is one of the most famous icons of Florence, Italy. It is a medieval stone closed-spandrel segmental three-arch bridge running across the Arno River. It is also known as the ‘Old Bridge’.

It was originally built in 996 by the Romans using stone and wood. Floods destroyed it twice in 1117 and 1333. The current bridge was designed by Taddeo Gaddi. It was rebuilt in 1345 in such a way so that it can withstand the floods. The technique worked as the bridge remained unaffected in a catastrophic flood in 1966.


Fast Facts: –

  • Ponte Vecchio Bridge is most famous for the wooden-shuttered goldsmiths’ shops that line both sides of it.
  • The length of this bridge is 84 meters and the width is 32 meters.
  • This bridge crosses the Arno River at its narrowest point in the city.
  • In 1565, the Vasari Corridor was built over the bridge to connect the Palazzo Vecchio and Palazzo Pitti.
  • This elevated pathway was constructed so that the Grand Duke could reach from his residence to the government palace freely.
  • It is the only bridge in Florence that was not destroyed by Germans when retreating from Italy during the World War II.
  • It was originally designed to be a part of a defensive structure. It had four towers with battlements running down both sides.
  • The shops along the bridge were rented out to recoup the money spent in the reconstruction.
  • It has two neighbouring bridges which are the Ponte Santa Trinita and the Ponte alle Grazie.



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