Borgo San Iacapo prior to 1940s

Today the string of palazzi that line the south side of the Arno River just west of the Ponte Vecchio looks like the picture below.  Pay special note to surviving bellower of the church San Jacopo sopr’ Arno in the foreground.

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And now here’s a vintage photo of the same area, with a string of older (much) palazzi.

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Ponte Vecchio e dietro le case dì Borgo San Iacopo.

In comparing the 2 photographs you can see that the palazzi have been replaced.  The entire area was destroyed by German explosives in 1944 as they were being driven out of Florence by the Allied Forces.  The newer structures are about 75 years old now.

 

This church, San Jacopo sopr’ Arno, is very interesting as well:

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If you want to learn more about this old church that lies between the Arno and Borgo San Jacopo, here’s a good source: https://wikivisually.com/wiki/San_Jacopo_sopr%27Arno

 

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