09. Ponte Vecchio
Ponte Vecchio is not as ancient but it was built in 1345 in Florence, Italy. This bridge is still shaped very well in its original glory. It was built to contain an arcade of shops which are still there in it. This bridge survived many wars. It wouldn’t have made it to the modern day if it wasn’t respected during wartime. In World War II, as the German soldiers fled Florence, they blew up every bridge they crossed to stall enemy forces. Ponte Vecchio was the only bridge spared—they chose instead to destroy the access to the bridge, rather than the bridge itself.