Ponte Vecchio

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Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy

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Maurizioago Maurizio…
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Ponte Vecchio. Feb 10, 2017
This bridge was built in 1345 as a replacement for a previous bridge swept away by a flood.

The very first bridge existed here before XI century.

Ponte Vecchio originally was filled with butchers' shops, blacksmiths and tanners. Because of the stench, Ferdinand I decided to forbid them to work on the bridge.

Over the bridge you can see part of the Corridoio Vasariano. This covered passageway was built in 1565. It was commissioned by the Medici family so that they could move from Palazzo Vecchio to Palazzo Pitti safely.

Both edges of the bridge are lined with jewellery shops.

This is the only bridge in Florence to survive World War II.
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Damienja Damienja
2 reviews
Lovely Apr 10, 2011
Florence, what a magical city! The Ponte Vecchio provides great views of the city and the Arno River. A must see while in Florence.
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Vipin Vipin
691 reviews
Iconic bridge Oct 13, 2010
Ponte Vecchio, or old bridge in English, is the iconic bridge in Florence which is situated over the River Arno. Originally from the medieval period, it used to be the location for various butchers. Over time however, this changed and today the whole bridge is full of jewellery shops.

Whether you are buying jewellery or not, it is a great place for sightseeing and watching the world go by.

Apart from seeing the bridge itself, it will definitely pay to walk to the next bridge to get a better site of Ponte Vecchio. Also, if you are visiting the Uffizi, the building is like a U shape. When you get to the “bend bit” of the U-shaped building, you’ll get great views of Ponte Vecchio from there.

When in Florence, this bridge is definitely worth visiting and certainly the most pretty one you’ll cross.
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montecarlostar says:
This place was my last stop in Florence. Totally cool and worth the visit. :)
Posted on: Jan 04, 2011
NicoleLittleItaly NicoleLi…
1 reviews
Florence in General (but not so original) Apr 24, 2010
I only did a day trip to Florence, but it was the best thing I ever got myself to do. I researched so many hotels and hostels around the center area, but I decided that I wanted to go back home instead (I leave 2 hours away). I really recommend searching around the area ONLINE for hotels instead of just picking one you walk by. This way you can see the prices and compare each hotel. I traveled Solo to Florence and I'm only 19, and I knew about pickpockets beforehand. If you are travelling solo, don't trust anyone who says they'll give you a business card in the back shop, or anything that seems odd. Because I had a guy ask me that, and I was like.. 'sorry I am late'... Yes an excuse, and I was actually a little rude because he was being pushy, but sometimes you have to be firm with your answer.

Florence is incredibly simple and fairly small to walk around (comparing to Rome). To say the least, my feet didn't hurt when the day was done. The leather market was fascinating, I suggest you take a look (and never be scared to bargain, I went from 70 euro to 40).

Overall it is a great place to go, and I mainly went there because I wanted to get all my photography in for my own project, I wasn't necessarily there for 'wine tasting' or 'experiencing the food'
Ponte Vecchio in the background
yadilitta yadilitta
723 reviews
An Icon - Ponte Vecchio Jun 21, 2006
Ponte Vecchio is a landmark in Florence. This bridge is the oldest of Florence's six bridges and maybe is one of the city's best known landmarks.

It's full of stores. Mostly old specialized in jewelry and expensive articles. Just walk around and feel all the fashion vibe.

But the row of shops is interrupted in the center, where the bridge opens over the Arno river with 2 splendid, panoramic terraces.

It's impossible not to see it. Try to go there in the sunset, so you'll see it with daylight and also when it's dark.
view from the Duomo
walking through Ponte Vecchio

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