10 March 2013

Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy

Florence, or Firenze as the Italians call it, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. That's my humble opinion. It is a small town, but it makes up for the size with its unique cultural heritage. This is panoramic photography of the oldest bridge in Florence, Ponte Vecchio ("old bridge" in translation).

Ponte Vecchio was built in 1345. In has always hosted shops. Initially it was full of butcheries, but since
1593 it is home to several gold merchants and jewellery shops. Above the shops, on top of the bridge is the Vasari Corridor. This was a restricted passageway used by de Medici family members (they ruled Florence for a long time!) in order to cross the town from one palace (Palazzo Vecchio) to another (Palazzo Pitti). Vasari Corridor was something like a secret passage that anyone new about!

If you arrive in Florence I suggest you find some time to visit Fiesole town, located at a distance of only 8 km from Florence. You will not regret it (nice views from top of the hills, and more)!

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