Ponte Vecchio and the Vasari Corridor
-- The old bridge existed
since medieval times. Once the domain of butchers and tanners who found the Arno a
convenient waste disposal system, the Medicis replaced them with goldsmiths and silk
vendors, who ply their trade even today. Note the Vasari Corridor extending from the
Uffizi and directly over the old bridge. Built as a private passageway that allowed
the duke to traverse between his residences and offices, tourists now pay £55,000 or 28
Euro (about $25 USD) for the same privilege.
This photo was taken with the Canon Pro70 digital camera.