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Ponte Vecchio Will Undergo Renovations


The upcoming restoration of the Ponte Vecchio will be the first of it's kind for one of the world's most famous spans. This endeavor aims to return the bridge to its former glory by addressing typical weather-related wear and tear it has endured over the centuries. Although structurally sound, the bridge requires attention to combat issues like algae growth, atmospheric deposits, and erosion.

The restoration project includes various tasks such as surface disinfection, removal of unsuitable materials, consolidation of deteriorated areas, and reconstruction of missing elements. Additionally, efforts will focus on improving rainwater management. The restoration will be phased, with work on the pavement starting in the fall/winter of 2024, followed by other components in subsequent years.

The Interventions

The works will concern the restoration of the original materials of all the elements present such as armills, elevations, arches, piles, shoulders, wing walls, flooring, and parapets in the two central squares in order to ensure their preservation over time. At the same time, the works necessary to improve the management of rainwater will be carried out.

These are just some of the specifics areas that will be addressed:

  • Disinfestation and disinfection of surfaces for the removal of algae, mosses, lichens and weeds
  • Cleaning of materials from inconsistent deposits of atmospheric particulate matter, chemicals conveyed by rainwater or rising moisture, saline efflorescences, 'crabs' derived from the chemical combination of pollutants present in the environment
  • Removal of stucco and unsuitable elements or substances applied in previous interventions
  • Consolidation of materials according to the specific type of degradation, in particular grouting, micro grouting and aesthetic presentation to bridge the discontinuities present on the surface of the stone and to offer resistance to degradation agents such as atmospheric, chemical, biological and water infiltration.
  • Reconstruction of stone elements, plaster layers
  • Integration with stone element or filling with strong stone and mortar size
  • Protection of stone surfaces, plastered, metal elements
  • Styling of joints between stones and replacement of heavily degraded elements;
  • Restoration of the stone pavement

The entire project, estimated at 2 million euros, receives partial support from the famous Antinori family, who will specifically contribute to the elevation restoration. This initiative not only preserves the bridge's historical significance but also enhances its aesthetic appeal for generations to come.

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