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The Ponte Vecchio (IPA pronunciation: [ponte vɛkio]) (Italian for Old Bridge)[1] is a Medieval bridge over the Arno River, in Florence, Italy, noted for having shops (mainly jewellers) built along it. It is Europe's oldest wholly-stone, open-spandrel segmental arch bridge.[1]

Believed to have been first built in Roman times[2], it was originally made of wood. After being destroyed by a flood in 1333[2] it was rebuilt in 1345[3], this time in stone. Most of the design is attributed to Taddeo Gaddi

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).

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