The Ponte Vecchio
(literally “old bridge”) is a Medieval bridge over the Arno River in
Florence. the only Florentine bridge to survive WW2. The bridge is famous for still having shops built along it, as was common in the days of the Medici. Butchers initially occupied the shops; the present tenants are jewelers, art dealers and souvenir sellers. It is said that the economic concept of bankruptcy originated here: when a
merchant could not pay his debts, the table on which he sold his wares (the “
”) was physically broken (“
”) by soldiers, and this practice was called “
” (broken table).