Thursday, December 27, 2012

Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio is Florence’s oldest bridge, built in 1345 by Neri di Fioravante, with its elegant structure on three arches. A characteristic feature of this bridge is the row of small houses on either side; in the 14th century, the features were much more regular, and as time passed they have acquired the picturesque variety which we all admire today.
At the centre of the bridge, the buildings are interrupted and an opening allows a fine view of the Arno and the other bridges. On either side of the bridge workshops of artisan goldsmiths are still functional. 

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