Ponte Vecchio: Top Tours & Activities
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About Ponte Vecchio
The first and only bridge built during Roman times, in the middle of the first century BC, the Ponte Vecchio is one of the symbols of Florence, the only one spared by the Germans during the bombing in 1944 during World War II. With a beautiful history, the first bridge was built where the ferry was used to cross the river Arno. In the second century, with the opening of Via Cassia, the bridge was rebuilt a little further downstream where it is now. Until 1218 this bridge was the only connection between the two banks of the Arno. Damaged several times by floods, including that of 1117, after which it was rebuilt in 1170 in stone and five long and wide arches, where wooden shops were installed on either side. Thus constructed, the bridge had major problems during the floods of the river, and can not withstand one of the most terrible and tragic floods, such as that of November 4, 1333, which completely destroyed the bridge After the construction of landfills, the bridge was rebuilt in 1345 by Taddeo Gaddi and Fioravanti blacks, with a structure of three recessed arches, and wide to allow the construction above it two arches.