Video Postcard from RomeCabs: Ponte Vecchio (Florence)

 

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This blog post features our latest Video Postcard video:

Video Postcard from RomeCabs: Ponte Vecchio (Florence)

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Ponte Vecchio (The Old Bridge) is one of the most famous Medieval bridges in Italy. 

Believed to have been originally built by the Romans when the Roman Via Cassia road traversed the Arno River, it was destroyed and and rebuilt a number of times.  

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Ponte Vecchio with RomeCabs in Florence

Ponte Vecchio with RomeCabs in Florence

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It was last rebuilt in 1345. In 1966 the bridge was severely damaged in the Great Flood of Florence of 1966.

Arching across the Arno River in the heart of Florence, Ponte Vecchio is a closed stone bridge lined with shops and topped with the 16th century Vasari’s Corridor that connects Palazzo Vecchio (Florence town hall in Piazza della Signoria) to Palazzo Pitti commissioned by the powerful Medici family.

This corridor was used by the Medici family and their associates to safely access their residential palace and Palazzo Vecchio.

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The bridge hosted merchants ever since the Medieval times, although monopolized by butchers who made the bridge less inviting with offensive odor. The Medici forced the removal of the butchers and were soon replaced by goldsmiths – a tradition you see even today as the shops that line Ponte Vecchio are primarily jewelry shops. 

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When the jewelry shops close, their wooden panels are drawn down to give them the resemblance of charming ancient wooden jewelry boxes.

 

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Ponte Vecchio Jewelry Shops Closed

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Ponte Vecchio also honors Florence’s celebrated sculptor and goldsmith Benvenuto Cellini with a large bronze bust.

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Benvenuto Cellini Bronze Bust on Ponte Vecchio, Florence

Benvenuto Cellini Bronze Bust on Ponte Vecchio, Florence

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A stroll along Ponte Vecchio is a must when visiting Florence.

 You would have the opportunity to do so on our Florence in A Day Tour from Rome  or our shore excursions from Livorno and La Spezia to Florence and Pisa.

For more information about our Day Tours, Shore Excursions and Transfers, please visit our website at http://www.RomeCabs.com
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We thank you very much for visiting our blog, we look forward to welcome you to Italy!

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