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Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge), designed by Taddeo Daddi in 1345, is Florence's most famous bridge. Interestingly, it was constructed to replace an even older bridge that had been dragged away by an angry Arno in 1333. The Arno attempted to do likewise in 1966, but the bridge managed to survive both this and the earlier Nazi retreating attacks in 1944 (the only bridge in Florence to have done so).
The butchers who originally occupied the quarters built into Ponte Vecchio were replaced at the end of the 17th century by the jewelry traders you still see today (Ferdinando I de’ Medici couldn’t stand the smell of the butcher shops along the Corridoio Vasariano). You can easily understand from its design what a bridge represented to locals in the Middle Ages.
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