Sunday, June 1, 2014

Florence 2013 - Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio which crosses the River Arno is the oldest bridge in Florence and also one of its must see attractions. The bridge is said to be in existence since Roman times. As was the common practice in Medieval times, shops and houses were built on the bridge. These were used by butchers and tanners to carry out their trade. In order to maximize whatever space they had, some of the houses were extended over the sides of the bridge, cantilevering over the river - giving the bridge its unique and charming appearance.


In the 15th Century, Duke Ferdinand I ordered for the shops to be replaced with goldsmiths as the butchers and tanners produced too much garbage and a foul stench. The jewelry shops have remained on the bridge till today.


2 comments:

Cintia Soto said...

I love Florence, is one of my favorite cities in the world. Thank you for your photos bring me great memories to me.

Borneoboy said...

Hi Cintia. Glad you enjoy my post on Florence. It is a really beautiful city.