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The famous Ponte Vecchio over the river Arno at Florence, Italy.

The stone bridge was built in 1345.
The bridge consists of three segmental arches: the main arch has a span of 30 meters (98 ft) the two side arches each span 27 meters (88 ft). The rise of the arches is between 3.5 and 4.4 meters (11˝ to 14˝ feet), and the span-to-rise ratio 5:1.[8]

It has always hosted shops and merchants who displayed their goods on tables before their premises, after authorization of the Bargello (a sort of a lord mayor, a magistrate and a police authority). The back shops (retrobotteghe) that may be seen from upriver, were added in the seventeenth century.[2]

In order to connect the Palazzo Vecchio (Florence's town hall) with the Palazzo Pitti, in 1565 Cosimo I de Medici had Giorgio Vasari build the famous Vasari Corridor above it.[3] To enforce the prestige of the bridge, in 1593 the Medici Grand Dukes prohibited butchers from selling there; their place was immediately taken by gold merchants. The corporative association of butchers had monopolised the shops on the bridge since 1442.

Before I also showed you the famous Rialto bridge at Venice, Italy by night and more impressions of Venice.

More impressions in my Florence theme:

Ponte Vecchio by night
Statue of Igor Mitoraj in Pitti Palace garden
Transport by bike
Statues of Domo facade Florence

Also have a look at my Venice Theme!

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