This is Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) in Florence. I am going to go out on a limb here and say that it is probably the most photographed spot in Florence, and that is saying a lot because Florence is also the home of Michelangelo’s David, medieval architecture and Renaissance art, museums and cathedrals, statue, narrow cobble stone roads, and so much more.
I took this picture from Ponte Alle Grazie (meaning bridge due to…not sure what because that is all it means) which is just the next bridge over. When I took this picture there were at least 15 other people taking a picture at that same time, and we were there in the off-season!
There is an old story about the bridge and it goes something like this if you want to prove your love, then you should bind yourself eternally to your lover by locking a padlock to the bridge and throwing the key into the river. Once locked the lovers become eternally bonded. Unfortunately, the thousands of padlocks locked to the bridge often need to be removed, spoiling or damaging the structure of the centuries-old bridge. But maybe it is worth it for eternal love.
Until next time,
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