My wife and I traveled to Florence last July. Along with the Duomo and Michaelangelo's David, the Ponte Vecchio (meaning "old bridge") is one of the most recognizable landmarks in this city. Built in 1345, the bridge was the only one to survive demolition by the Germans as they retreated from Florence. Apparently, legend tells us, Hitler expressly ordered his army not to destroy the bridge. Florence has a penchant for expensive quality goods and you'll see that extravagantly displayed in the many shops that line the Ponte Vecchio, a tradition that goes back many centuries. Legend also tells us that in the early years, merchants displayed their wares on tables for a fee. If they were unable to pay that fee, soldiers would come and break their tables and from these incidents originated the idea of being "bankrupt". The Ponte provides so many fantastic views that you'll want to take pictures of it from almost any angle. It's also a great place for couples to enjoy its romantic ambiance.
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