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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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