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Florence’s famous Ponte Vecchio to undergo two-year renovation

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Florence’s famous Ponte Vecchio to undergo two-year renovation

In the seven centuries since Old Bridge was built in FlorenceItaly, the bridge witnessed the city changing around it, surviving floods, fires and the Nazi invasion in World War II.

Now, the famous bridge will pass through a two year renovation, at a cost of around €2 million. The project was announced by the city of Florence and the winemakers at Marchesi Antinorini on Wednesday (10).

This is the first major restoration and cleaning of the bridge, although it has undergone regular maintenance and several renovations to ensure its stability, the city’s culture ministry added.

“This is a historic project because the Ponte Vecchio has never had a restoration intervention of this technical complexity,” Florence Mayor Dario Nardella told reporters on Thursday. “In the end, we will have an even more beautiful bridge than we are used to seeing.”

Considered one of the greatest achievements of medieval European engineering, the pedestrian bridge spans the River Arno with colorful buildings housing dozens of jewelry stores lining its sides. An upper gallery connects the Uffizi Gallery to the Pitti Palace.

Such is the importance of the Ponte Vecchio that it was the only bridge over the River Arno spared by the retreating German army at the end of the Second World War.

Restoration work will include restoring and clear the entire bridge to eliminate algae, mosses, lichens and weeds, as well as possible deposits left by chemicals in the river.

Work on the upper part of the bridge will begin in October and November this year, while work on the lower part of the bridge will take place in the summer of 2025 and 2026.

Half of the funds needed for the project are being donated by Marchesi Antinorione of the best-known winemaking families in Italy.

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“Our family history has always been inextricably linked to Florence since the 13th century,” the group’s president, Piero Antinori, told reporters on Thursday. “The city has given us so much over the centuries, so it is a pleasure for us to be part of this important project.”

The contribution of private donors to the restoration of historic monuments has become increasingly common in Italy as the country’s budget to maintain them has been drastically reduced.

In 2011, luxury leather goods company Tod’s pledged to donate €25 million towards the restoration of the Colosseum, while Diesel agreed to restore the Rialto Bridge in Venice for €5 million in May 2013.

This content was originally created in English.

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