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Ponte Vecchio

As suggested by its name, is the oldest bridge in Florence: there is in fact up from the times of the roman colony, when he had the piers in the stone and the carriageway in wood; destroyed by a flood in 1117entirely rebuilt in stone but collapsed again for the terrible flood of 4 November 1333WAS ricostrui (perhaps by the architect and painter Taddeo Gaddi) with three arches, very wide, to receive on the two sides the workshops, laid down since then. Initially there did they settle butchers (but later also pizzicagnoli, Fabbri, shoemakers etc.); it was they who built the characteristic back-shop that protrude on the Arno, supported by brackets and props. In 1591however, Ferdinando I sfrattò all, to grant the shops only to goldsmiths, and since then the Bridge has become almost a unique showcase of precious, interrupted only by two pads at the center; on the downstream is a bust of Benvenuto Cellini , "maestro degli Orafi", Raffaello Romanelli (1900).

On Via Guicciardini, which leads from the Ponte Vecchio and Palazzo Pitti, stands in the homonymous square, the Church of S. Felicita, erected on the site of an early Christian basilica of the IV century and remodeled several times, has the appearance that he gave the Ruggieri in the XVIII century. The front-top of the church is crossed by  Vasari Corridorio that there opens with a platform from which the Medici court could attend religious functions, arriving for internal tracks from Palazzo Pitti. Inside, in the Capponi Chapel (the first on the right), is placed on the altar the beautiful Deposition of Pontormo (c. 1528), refined composition by colors diafani and iridescent; on the right wall a 'Annunciation, still by Pontormo. In the sacristy there is a beautiful Polyptych by Taddeo Gaddi. At the end of Via Guicciardini, stands to the left by the majestic golden Palazzo Pitti.