Ponte Vecchio, Florence

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Walk across one of Florence's oldest and most iconic landmarks, Ponte Vecchio. Spanning the Arno river in the heart of the city, the 14th-century bridge features a wide, three-arch design supporting a series of historic shop fronts. Stroll the bridge's thoroughfare to peruse shops or see street performances. Visit the secret Vasari Corridor that stretches across the bridge to connect two Renaissance palaces. Antique jewelry enthusiasts may want to keep an eye out for the area's gold and silversmith shops. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Ponte Vecchio by using our Florence online tour itinerary planner .
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  • It's beautiful, small houses (shops) on the bridge, but it is done in 5 minutes, and unless you want to buy jewelry, you spend not more than 10 minutes...
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  • Symbol of the city, crossing the River Arno. Consists of three segmental arch passes, flanked by two rows of goldsmiths. Originally the workshops were of butchers and greengrocers because so they could unload their rubbish into the Arno. Always very busy. On feast days you can't hardly walk. In the middle of the bridge there are two terraces.
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  • Husband and I got some beautiful shots from this location. We only travel to Europe during off peak seasons because who wants to be in crowds? With that being said the weather in January is pleasant a...  more »
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  • This place is one of the best evenings I have ever spent in my life. Had been there with my wife and a small walk by the streets here and on the bridge by just holding her hand felt so romantic, it's one of those moments u would remember for a lifetime, such is the effect of the air in there. Dinner n wine by that place to call it a perfect evening.
  • I cannot wait to go back here. The views are amazing! The history of the bridge is really interesting. It is nice to window shop for jewelry on the bridge, but the shops are a little small for me. The prices were really steep. Beautiful place though.
  • Had a nice time waking up in morning for some nice sunrise pictures of the bridge. Very peaceful area to relax when nobody is there. In the daytime the bridge is filled with people and high end gold and jewelry shops. One of the for sure visit tourist areas of Florence.
  • I always wanted to go there. I expected more somehow. Once on the bridge it feels small. Perhaps due to the mass of tourists. What I disliked the most were the expensive shops on the bridge. They were kinda misplaced and IMHO ruined the historical context. But the view from the bridge is really beautiful. If you want pictures on the bridge be patient. ;)
  • Loved this bridge, it's a step back in time. You can imagine years ago merchants buying and selling here. It looks a little funny from the other bridges as it seems as though your looking at houses on a bridge (which may be the case) but once there you'll see why this is a special place just to walk back and forth. Gold, high end jewelry and watches are sold here.
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