Crossing over the PONTE SAN NICCOLÒ today, I ran right into branches of this pretty rose-of-sharon shrub. I have one just like it in my garden in Denver. In Denver, this shrub doesn’t bloom until August. It obviously happens much sooner in Italy! Most things do!
Florence’s many bridges are fun to read about: http://www.aboutflorence.com/firenze/ponti-di-firenze/ponte-san-niccolo-firenze.html