The Ponte Vecchio Bridge is the oldest in Florence. As you can see from the photo, it has three large arches beneath it. The blue Arno river runs from the bottom right-hand corner of the photograph to almost the upper left-hand corner, just falling short. Evidently, on either side of the bridge and river are many buildings and houses.
In 1345, a terrible flood struck the bridge. After that, it had to be rebuilt. During World War II, that was the only bridge across the Arno that the fleeing Germans did not destroy. That bridge is truly iconic to the city of Florence and one of the most famous bridges around the world. It stands firm at the narrowest point of the river and is accompanied by a few other bridges, as you can see in the photograph.
Undoubtedly the design of the Ponte Vecchio is a defensive structure. In Medieval time the use of rivers to deliver attacks was a known element of strategic war. Their enemies could attack in boats along the Arno river. Therefore, the Ponte Vecchio bridge came into existence.
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