“Ponte Vecchio” sounds very exotic and romantic, but all it means is “Old Bridge”. It’s more than a bridge though; it is a cobbled street on a bridge, and the houses contain jewellery shops. It’s this uniqueness which makes Ponte Vecchio one of the main tourist attractions in Firenze (Florence to you). Well, I say uniqueness, but there’s something similar in Venezia (Venice to you) too. Oh well, you get the idea.
Anyway, when the Nazis were fleeing Firenze, they were instructed to destroy all the bridges over the river Arno. This they did, apart from this one, which the captain refused to blow up—blocking its entrance instead.