Road collapses near Florence's famed Ponte Vecchio bridge

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Florence (Italy) (AFP)

A part of the embankment running alongside the Arno river in Florence collapsed Wednesday, just metres away from the city's world-famous Ponte Vecchio bridge.

The damage, stretching between the 14th century Ponte Vecchio and the Ponte alle Grazie, affected about 200 metres (yards) of the embankment in total.

While there was extensive damage, no one was hurt in the collapse, local authorities said, although several cars parked on the embankment were partly submerged.

Emergency services said the collapse was due to a water pipe break and authorities stopped traffic along the road.