Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio (Florence)

The Ponte Vecchio is one of the symbols of Florence and one of the most famous bridges in the world. Crosses the Arno River at its narrowest point, where a Ford existed in antiquity. Famous are the shops of master goldsmiths and often have a backroom cantilevered over the river built and supported by Corbels (or "made").

At the center of the bridge the shops stop with two terraces: one to the East is vasarian corridor surmounted by, while the other houses the monument with a bust of Benvenuto Cellini, sculptor (and Goldsmith).

The gate of love

The cancelled Cellini monument has been used by lovers to hang padlocks with written in Sharpie, symbol of a love connection that you want to be indissoluble; the lock keys are then thrown into the Arno so that no one can remove more symbolically. It is now forbidden to hang new padlocks worth a ticket!



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