Florence police ticketed a 34-year-old California man for driving across the Ponte Vecchio pedestrian bridge without a proper license.
Photo by Ahmed Mansour via Unsplash
Italy’s Ponte Vecchio bridge has withstood centuries of heavy use, a destructive army retreating in World War II, and tourists.
The medieval bridge was built in 1345 and spans the Arno River in Florence, according to Britannica. The pedestrian bridge has a lower level with shops and an upper level with walkways connecting art galleries and palaces on both sides of the river.
The Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence. Photo by Faruk Kaymak via Unsplash
A 34-year-old man from California was visiting Florence on the afternoon of Thursday, January 26, according to a press release from the city of Florence.
The tourist was driving a rental car and looking for a parking space when he crossed the Ponte Vecchio bridge, it said in the statement.
Police stopped the man and realized he was driving without a proper international driving permit, according to the statement. Police fined him around $540 for driving without a permit and driving in a pedestrian zone.
Florence is about 175 miles northwest of Rome.
Google Translate was used to translate the press release from the City of Florence.
Aspen Pflughoeft covers real-time news for McClatchy. She is a graduate of Minerva University where she studied communications, history, and international politics. Previously, she reported for the Deseret News.