Best known of all Florence's treasures, this glorious bridge was the only one of six spared by the retreating Germans on Augu... More
Best known of all Florence's treasures, this glorious bridge was the only one of six spared by the retreating Germans on August 4, 1944. Over the centuries, flooding unfortunately took its toll; few traces of the 10th-century bridge remain. Today's bridge, built in 1345, was filled with butcher's shops which would routinely discard the carcasses into the Arno causing quite a stench. Grand Duke Fernandino I issued an edict to replace the butchers with goldsmiths to eradicate the smell and gentrify royalty's route to Palazzo Pitti, reached via the Vasari Corridor that passes over the bridge. Also, do not padlock anything to the statue of Benvenuto Cellini - this is often practiced by lovers who padlock a lock to the gate of the statue and toss the key into the river - they face a hefty fine!
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Advice to husbands -- go near closing to see the beautiful sunset views and minimize the impact to your wallet.
This "old bridge" has great history, but I was a little unimpressed. Of course, I wasn't in the market for high-end jewelry either. I do agree with all of those who say you must take in a sunset on the river banks because it is gorgeous and romantic. The bridge is located in the midst of many attractions, so a walk over it is amost mandatory and part of the experience when you're in Firenze!