Medieval Italian bridge was pedestrian only – until California tourists arrive, police say

Italy’s Ponte Vecchio Bridge has endured centuries of abuse, devastating military withdrawals during World War II, and tourists.

The medieval bridge was built in 1345, across the Arno river In Florence, according to Britannica. The pedestrian bridge has a lower level with shops and an upper level with footpaths connecting art galleries and palaces on both sides of the river.

Ponte Vecchio in Florence.

Ponte Vecchio in Florence.

A 34-year-old man from California was visiting Florence on the afternoon of Thursday, January 26th. city ​​of florence.

A tourist was driving a rental car looking for a parking space when he crossed the Ponte Vecchio bridge, he said in a release.

Police stopped the man and realized he was driving without a proper international driver’s license, according to the release. Police fined him about $540 for driving without a permit and driving in a pedestrian area.

Florence is about 175 miles northwest of Rome.

Google Translate was used to translate the news release from the City of Florence.

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