1. Genevieve
    December 31, 2012 @ 4:13 am

    I have done a walk through la corrida which runs across the top of the Ponte Vecchio (from the Uffizi and the Pitti Palace) and houses a world-class collection of self portraits. Those big windows in the middle were put in by Mussolini for Hitler’s visit to Florence, so that he could view the beauty of the Arno and the next bridge down (built by Michelangelo). Hitler was so impressed by it that later, when his troops were laying waste to Florence and breaking all the bridges, Hitler sent a command for them to spare the Ponte Vecchio. So what they did instead was to blow up all the buildings at each end of the bridge to block access to it. That’s how come it survived. (Lorenzo dei Medici built la corrida as a secret escape route in case of trouble with his people.) It was creepy to stand at those windows and to know that Hitler had once stood there too!


    • Our World's View
      June 4, 2013 @ 10:58 am

      Incredible info Genevieve!!!


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