The Vasari Corridor was built in just five months at the behest of Grand Duke Cosimo I de 'Medici in 1565 by architect Giorgio Vasari , who had already built the current Uffizi Gallery. The work was commissioned to coincide with the marriage between the son of the Grand Duke, Francis , and Jeanne of Austria. The idea of the raised path was born to give opportunities to the grand dukes to move freely and without danger from their residence in the government building, saw the still uncertain support of the population towards the new Duke and the new system of government that had abolished the ancient Florentine Republic , although the republican organs were by now only symbolic for almost a century.The meat market that took place on Ponte Vecchio it was moved to avoid unpleasant smells when the grand duke passed and the goldsmiths 'shops that still occupy the bridge were moved in its place. The curiosities of this elevated passage are the turn around the Torre de' Mannelli at the end of the bridge Old, for the strenuous opposition of the family that owns this medieval building to overthrow it. At the center of the Ponte Vecchio there are a series of large panoramic windows on the Arno in the direction of the Ponte Santa Trinita . Of these windows, very different from the small and discreet Renaissance portholes , there were two above the central arch and Mussolini made two others in 1938 on the occasion of the official visit of Adolf Hitler (May 1938) to tighten the Axis between Italy and Germany , visiting Rome and Florence.