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Originally, the bridge buildings housed butcher shops and greengrocers. This changed in the 15th century when the government decided that such enterprises were unglamorous for Ponte Vecchio's image. The food merchants were soon replaced with gold and silversmiths.The jewelry trade continues to this day to be a mainstay on the bridge.
The Ponte Vecchio is the only of Florence's bridges to have survived WWII, and in 1966, when a massive flood wiped out the shops on the bridge, the bridge itself was strong enough to withstand the roaring waters.
Masterpiece of the Ammannati on Michelangelo drawing is the Santa Trinita Bridge: the today's bridge really represents the faithful rebuilding of the ancients.
Also the four statues of the seasons to the two chiefs of the bridge have been reassembled with the pieces refished for by the river. This bridge took name from the near church of S. Trinita,(1200) whose inside constitutes one of the first Gothic style examples in Italy.
Panorama created by Maddalena Ammannati, Cristina Andolcetti, Yuri Pozzi