Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) is a bridge over the Arno River in the city of Florence (Firenze), Italy. It was reported that the bridge was first built during the Roman era, and first documented in 996. The bridge was destroyed in 1117 and was rebuilt in stone but destroyed again in 1333. The bridge was reconstructed in 1345. The structure was supported by three arches and hosted shops and merchants. In 1565 the Grand Duke of Florence, Cosimo I de' Medici had a corridor built on the top of the shops to connect his palace to the Palazzo Vecchio, the location of the town hall of Florence.
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