Thursday, February 9, 2012

Ponte Vecchio

Today I woke up early and took the train from Rome to Florence. Having never taken a train besides in a city I was pleasantly surprised. The trip was only an hour and a half and it was very comfortable. I arrived in Florence, and after walking around taking in the sites I discovered a medieval bridge with shops along both sides. Ponte Vecchio, or "old bridge," is a medieval bridge that spans the narrowest part of the Arno River within Florence's city limits.

The only surviving bridge from the Second World War, Ponte Vecchio is the oldest bridge in the city of Florence and is built on the site of the first bridge in the city, constructed originally by the Romans. The shops along both sides of the bridge were originally butcher shops, but today they are filled with high end jewelry, gold, diamond and watch dealers.

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