Ponte Vecchio is the oldest bridge of Florence and is one of the best the world has ever imagined. The structure of the bridge can be described as three stones arches replaced with a wooden bridge which crosses the Arno River. The upper side of the bridge is well known as Vasariano Corridor which was specifically designed by Vasari in order to link it with Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery of the Pitti Palace. Today it has been converted to an art gallery.
The Bridge was first built in Roman times and later in 1117 after it was destroyed by the flood. And further again it was rebuilt in 1345 and a few artistic names were attributed to it. Lots of shops and merchants displayed their goods on tables near the Bridge after the authorization of the Bargello. He was the mayor and a police authority of the town during those days. Later during the Second World War the Ponte Vecchio was destroyed by the Germans while their retreat plan in August 4, 1944. This was done because of an allegedly order by the Hitler. Access to Ponte Vecchio was obstructed since then.
|Design||closed-spandrel segmental stone arch bridge|
|Width||32 metres (105 ft)|
|Longest Span||30 metres (98 ft)|
Some of the interesting facts about Ponte Vecchio are as follows:
The best time to be in the old city Florence to take a visit to the Ponte Vecchio is during the spring or autumn. Beside these two the other season like summer and winter face the adversity of its kind thus it is very difficult for the tourists to survive. And during spring and autumn the city is lively and full of colours. Therefore the best season to be in the city and to experience and witness the amazing architectural work done in the ancient time by some famous artistic people is during spring and autumn, that is in the months of March and April and later during September and October.
There are lots of interesting things to see and some adventurous activities to do in the city besides witnessing the oldest bridge of the town that is Ponte Vecchio. They are as follows:
Ponte Vecchio is one of the finest and oldest bridges of the world. It would be a mesmerising experience to go and visit the same.