The Ponte Vecchio or "old bridge" is a Medieval stone arch bridge over the Arno River in Florence, Italy. It is unique for the the numerous shops along its length, which have filled the bridge since the 14th century. The old shops include a wide variety of boutiques including jewelry, art, souvenirs and more. The bridge is one of the most-visited sites in Florence, with stunning views of the Florentine skyline and the River Arno. It also has connections to many famous stories and characters including Dante Alighieri, who visited the bridge and immortalized it in The Divine Comedy. There are several monuments scattered along the bridge, including a bronze statue of Ferdinand I de Medici in the middle and a baroque monument dedicated to Cosimo I de Medici at the far end. The bridge provides a beautiful view of the city and is a great place to visit for tourists and photographers.
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