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Ponte Vecchio

This old bridge is one of the most renowned sights in all of Florence and throughout the world. The current structure dates back to the mid 1300´s. The Ponte Vecchio was innovative in its time because it was the first segmental arch bridge of three segmental arches. When Ferdinand I de Medici was in power, he ordered that butchers, tanners, and blacksmiths could not sell their wares on the bridge because of the foul smell they created. This order was not readily obeyed, and soldiers destroyed their stalls. After this the Ponte Vecchio was occupied by silversmiths, goldsmiths, and drapers and turned into the beautiful sight it is today.