18.11.2014 - 18.11.2014
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Ponte is bridge in Italian, and today we get to see two of the most famous bridges in Florence built over the Arno River.
First, we head to Ponte Santa Trinita to get pictures of the famous Ponte Vecchio. Leaving Piazza della Signoria, we pass some streets along the way.
So many shops, so little time! We only stopped at Desigual for a bit.
The Loggia del Mercato Nuovo, a marketplace mostly selling clothes, souvenirs and leather goods. I checked out some tapestries because I wanted some art to put on my walls. You can find tapestries for around 20 - 30 + euros, which I think is pretty reasonable but they exceeded my budget.
At the corner niches of the marketplace are sculptures of famous Florentines. This one is Giovanni Villani, a 14th century banker and diplomat.
Piazza Santa Trinita with the Column of Justice
We passed through Via de' Tornabuoni, a street characterised by many high fashion boutiques.
There's even a Salvatore Ferragamo museum there.
Via de' Tornabuoni leads directly to Ponte Santa Trinita. Photo spam of Ponte Vecchio follows!
Sigh, why is the water brown? Not meaning to be rude, but it looks nicer in paintings. Still, we had a nice time spamming pictures because there were few people and the weather was nice.
Rare successful panorama shot!
Even rarer panorama shot with a person! Ok I look a bit distorted but that's as good as it gets.
Views of the other side of the Ponte Santa Trinita, the Ponte alla Carraia, a five-arched bridge:
We found glass bottles on that triangular protrusion. I suspect people probably sit on it and drink at night. I wonder if people have drowned in the Arno river for being drunk.
After crossing the Ponte Santa Trinita, we walked along the river bank towards the Ponte Vecchio.
I thought it'd be kind of cute and easier to get into the shot by leaning against the barrier. That was a really bad mistake because when we looked closely, we saw creepy crawlies like spiders and I think I even recognised a wood louse. Eeeek. We spent several minutes smacking each other to make sure none of the buggers latched on us.
Against the backdrop of the Ponte alla Carraia.
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