Florence navigated some really tough times, wounded and tortured from the destructive madness of man and nature. The only bridge to have survived World War II is the Ponte Vecchio.
During World War II, the city was severely damaged by the Germans, who blew up all its bridges; but one day, the incredible beauty of Florence and the values of Renaissance triumphed over destruction and, as it is alleged, Hitler declared the Ponte Vecchio too beautiful to be destroyed.
Is it a ‘Medici effect‘ ? Did the guardian angels of Florence make the Führer have one second of clear-thinking ?
If only ! In 1939, Benito Mussolini ordered the Vasari Corridor’s central windows be enlarged especially for Hitler’s visit so he could admire the panorama… and he apparently fell in love with the beautiful view.