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Just a panoramic nightshot of one of my favorite spots in the beautiful city of Florence. Here's some info I found in WIKIPEDIA:

"The Ponte Vecchio (Italian for Old Bridge) is a famous medieval bridge over the Arno, in Florence, Italy, noted for having shops (mainly jewellers) built along it. It is Europe's oldest segmental arch bridge.

Believed to have been first built in Roman timesit was originally made of wood. After being destroyed by a flood in 1333 it was rebuilt in 1345, this time in stone. Most of the design is attributed to Taddeo Gaddi. The bridge consists of three segmental arches, the main arch has a span of 30 meters (98 feet) the two side arches each span 27 meters (88 feet). The rise of the arches is between 3.5 and 4.4 meters (11˝ to 14˝ feet), and the rise-to-span ratio approximately 1:5.

It has always hosted shops and merchants (legend says this was originally due to a tax exemption), which displayed their goods on tables after authorisation of the Bargello (a sort of a lord mayor, a magistrate and a police authority).

It is said that the economic concept of bankruptcy originated here: when a merchant could not pay his debts, the table on which he sold his wares (the "banco") was physically broken ("rotto") by soldiers, and this practice was called "bancorotto" (broken table; possibly it can come from "banca rotta" which means "broken bank"). Not having a table anymore, the merchant was not able to sell anything.(...)During World War II, the Ponte Vecchio was not destroyed by Germans during their retreat of August 4, 1944, unlike all other bridges in Florence. This was allegedly because of an express order by Hitler. Access to Ponte Vecchio was, however, obstructed by the destruction of the buildings at both ends."

*I USED THE DRI METHOD FOR THIS ONE. 6 PHOTOS (2 SHOTS, CONVERTED EACH ONE OF THEM THREE TIMES FROM RAW TO TIFF) WITH A DIFERENCE OF 1 EV ONE FROM THE OTHER

**YOU CAN ALSO CHECK THE LARGE VERSION FOR MORE DETAILS

*** JUST ONE PHOTO CROPPED LIKE A PANORAMA.

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