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Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio, Italian for Old Bridge, is a covered medieval bridge over the Arno River at its narrowest point. It is famous for being lined with jewelry shops, which thrive to this day.

Once occupied mostly by butchers, this bridge has housed shops since the beginning, and they have a history of their own. The ones in back, visible from upriver, were added in the 17th century.