Beautiful Sunset Shimmering Over Ponte Vecchio on Arno River in Florence, Italy

Beautiful Sunset Shimmering Over Ponte Vecchio on Arno River in Florence, Italy Photo Credit: Justin Brown

From a riverside viewpoint where destination weddings take place on the Arno River, we see the Ponte Vecchio medieval stone bridge in the background with a beautiful sunset shimmering down from the sky lit up by bright yellow, orange, and pinkish red colors.

The bridge is a landmark attraction for Florence, Italy, where butchers once occupied the shops built along the stone closed-spandrel segmental arch bridge, as tenants like jewellers, art dealers, and souvenir sellers now occupy the bridge in line of a heavy influx of tourism.

It is not known exactly when the Ponte Vecchio bridge was built, but it's believed to have been during the times of Ancient Rome. The bridge consists of three segmental arches where the main arch has a span of 30 meters (98 feet), while the two side arches each span 27 meters (89 feet).

During World War II, the Ponte Vecchio bridge was not destroyed by Nazi Germany during their retreat on the advance of the liberating British 8th Army on August 4, 1944, unlike all other bridges that were destroyed in Florence. This was because of an alleged order expressed by Adolf Hitler, according to many locals and tour guides.

Today, Ponte Vecchio is one of the most popular places in the world for romantic couples and newly weds on their honeymoon to travel and discover a slice of Tuscany, Italy's wondrous region.


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