Ponte Vecchio West Side at Sunset and Arno River in Florence, Italy

At sunset, the Ponte Vecchio and the Arno below are bathed in a golden hue that rivals the goldsmiths’ showcases inside. Starting in the 13th century, the covered bridge was filled with butchers and fish markets. But when Duke Ferdinando I got tired of the stench and pollution, he declared in 1593 that only jewelers and gold merchants could sell here … a tradition that’s lasted over 400 years. At night, most of those green shutters close until morning.

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Ponte Vecchio, 12 50125 Firenze FI, Italy

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