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[Florence] Crossing the Ponte Vecchio

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The Ponte Vecchio is a medieval stone bridge and the oldest of six bridges in Florence. There are shops on it, mostly selling jewellery and souvenirs. I saw quite a lot of gold in the shop windows. It's a posh bridge and we did not do any shopping there.

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Thoese white helmets worn by the police are pretty eye-catching.

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The bust of Benvenuto Cellini takes centrestage of the bridge. He's an Italian goldsmith, sculptor, draftsman, soldier and musician.

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Rows of jewellery shops behind me on both sides.

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Panorama of the Ponte Alle Grazie. I actually prefer the view of Ponte Alle Grazie to the Ponte Vecchio because you can see mountains from afar.

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Lighting suddenly became really funky-looking here...

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Pigeons! Aww I've never seen a white one. Ivy was quick to snap a picture before they flew off.

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We checked and double-checked the barrier for bugs and were glad to find that there were none. I angsted over trying to lift myself up on the barrier because many people including Ivy lifted themselves onto it with no issues, but I struggled because my legs are short >_< and there's no grip on the barrier to dig my ankles in.

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A closer shot to try to hide the barrier...

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I gave myself another heave. My poor arms really felt the strain but I managed to sit on the barrier!

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Selfie time!

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Ah the blurred scenery at the back looks like a painting.

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View of the Ponte Santa Trinita

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After we had enough of chilling on the bridge, we made our way to Ponte alle Grazie to cross it to go to Basilica di Santa Croce.

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View of the Uffizi Gallery and Museo Galileo (the dark brown structure) from across the river.

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The opposite riverbank, but I'm not sure what these buildings are. They are very scenic for sure.

On Ponte della Grazie:

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Bridge pictures are better without railings.

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Posted by kurodatenshi 23:52 Archived in Italy Tagged landscapes bridges buildings skylines sky architecture landmarks italy florence firenze ponte_vecchio Comments (0)

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