Dear Family and Friends,
This is a picture of the famous Ponte Vecchio walking bridge in Florence, Italy. Ponte Vecchio is, of course, Italian and translates "old bridge." There have been bridges at this spot since 996. Several were built and washed away. This actual bridge has been standing since 1345.
The houses on the bridge were originally used by butchers and tanners. It is said that in 1593, Duke Ferdinand I, decided to replace these businesses with goldsmiths. The reason? because the businesses produced too much garbage and caused a fowl stinch. Today the bridge is lined with jewelers selling moderate priced jewelry to exquisite antiques.
Another tidbit of information is that this bridge is the only bridge in Florence to remain unscathed from WWII. The locals say this was from direct orders of Hitler.
I took this picture many, many years ago when Chuck and I met Audrey and Jim in Florence for a week. What a fun time we had. A go back to place for sure.