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The Ponte Vecchio, or Old Bridge, is a mediaeval bridge over the Arno River in Florence, the capital of Tuscany. It is believed that a bridge was first built here in Roman times but was swept away by floods in 1117 and 1333. The present bridge was rebuilt in 1345 and has 3 segmental arches. The Germans did not destroy it during World War 11, apparently under the instructions of Hitler, but access to it was obstructed by the destruction of buildings at both ends.
The Ponte Vecchio is for pedestrians only and has always hosted shops, the first ones being butcher shops but today it has several jewellers, coin dealers, art and souvenir shops.

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