It occurs to one of the best of us. One minute you might be busy navigating your means round a brand new metropolis, the subsequent, you might be driving over Florence’s oldest bridge earlier than getting caught by police. At the very least that’s what occurred to a person from California final week, when he tried to discover a parking area and as an alternative landed a €500 tremendous for driving a rented Fiat Panda over town’s Ponte Vecchio, or ‘the outdated bridge’. A Metropolis of Florence spokesperson informed CNN that the unnamed 34-year-old man was additionally fined for driving with out a global driver’s allow.
The long-lasting construction, which is managed by the Municipality of Florence, was accomplished in 1345 as a substitute for an earlier bridge, destroyed in a flood. It’s the solely Florentine bridge spanning the River Arno to have survived the Second World Warfare. Additional conservation measures designed to maintain the bridge in top-notch situation embody limiting retail models on the crossing to goldsmiths and artists. Final yr, the mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella, introduced that Ponte Vecchio would bear a €2m revamp.
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