Highlights of Florence - Ponte Vecchio

by Steven Seidell November. 01, 2019 144 views
Ponte Vecchio, the most famous bridge in Florence was built at the narrowest part of the Arno. It’s distinguished as being the only remaining bridge to have houses and shops on it.

Ponte Vecchio, the most famous bridge in Florence was built at the narrowest part of the Arno. It’s distinguished as being the only remaining bridge to have houses and shops on it.

 In part this is because something important was built on top of those: the Vasari Corridor. This secret passageway built by Vasari for Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici in 1565 links the Palazzo Vecchio to the Pitti Palace.

In part this is because something important was built on top of those: the Vasari Corridor. This secret passageway built by Vasari for Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici in 1565 links the Palazzo Vecchio to the Pitti Palace.

During WWII, the treasures of the Uffizi gallery were stored in the Corridor. The Ponte Vecchio was the only bridge not destroyed by the German during their retreat of August 1944.

During WWII, the treasures of the Uffizi gallery were stored in the Corridor. The Ponte Vecchio was the only bridge not destroyed by the German during their retreat of August 1944.

It’s the only bridge in the city that is pedestrian-only.

It’s the only bridge in the city that is pedestrian-only.

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