The Ponte Vecchio bridge crosses the Arno River, in Florence, Italy, connecting the Duomo area with Oltrarno on the south side of the river.
Completed in its current form in 1345, the segmental arch bridge also carries the Vasari Corridor enclosed passageway, added in 1565, which runs between Palazzo Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery and Palazzo Pitti.
The Ponte Vecchio was the only one of Florence’s bridges not destroyed by the German army as they retreated in 1944 during World War II.
The railway station connected to Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci Airport (also called Fiumicino Airport) is around a 10 to 15-minute walk after baggage reclaim, following the overhead signs for ‘Trains’.
Two train services operate between Fiumicino Airport and Rome city center:
The Leonardo Express non-stop airport service to and from Rome’s Termini Station with a journey time of just over 30 minutes.
The cheaper FL1 Treno Regionale to and from other Rome stations, including Tiburtina, Tuscolana, Ostiense and Trastavere, but not Termini.
Tickets may be purchased online, at the in-airport ticket desk, at news stands, or from the convenient self-service Trenitalia green and white ticket machines which take cash and cards.
All tickets, other than e-tickets, must be stamped by inserting them into the small green and white validation machines near the platforms before boarding the train. Tickets are valid for 90 minutes from validation on any train of the same service. The fine for an unvalidated ticket is 50 euro.
English Romantic poet John Keats is buried in the Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome (also called the Protestant Cemetery).
Keats died in Rome aged 25 in 1821 from tuberculosis. His tombstone does not bear his name but reads:
This grave contains all that was mortal, of a young English poet, who, on his death bed, in the bitterness of his heart, at the malicious power of his enemies, desired these words to be engraven on his tomb stone “Here lies One Whose Name was writ in Water.”
Actor James Gandolfini died after suffering a heart attack while staying at the Boscolo Exedra Roma Hotel (now called Palazzo Naiadi) in Rome, Italy on 19th June, 2013. Attempts to resuscitate 51-year-old Gandolfini were unsuccessful and he was declared dead at the hospital.
The Emmy Award-winning actor was best known for playing New Jersey crime boss Tony Soprano in HBO’s television series The Sopranos.