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Ponte Vecchio

Take a trip over Florence’s iconic bridge, spared by the Nazis for its beauty and home to jewelers for more than four centuries.

As you make your way over the Ponte Vecchio, peer into the windows of the goldsmith stores that have been here since the 16th century. Enjoy a sweeping view down the banks of the Arno from the viewing balconies in the center of the bridge. Street performers, artists and tourists create a lively atmosphere during the day. When the shutters come down over the shops in the evenings, the bridge takes on a romantic ambiance, perfect for a romantic stroll.

Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) is Florence’s oldest bridge. Records of a bridge in this location go back as far as 996, although the bridge you see today was constructed in 1345. Three wide arches span the river. The bright yellow stores and their rows of small, square windows reflect on the water to provide one of Florence’s most iconic images. This was the only bridge not blown up by the Germans as they retreated through Florence in World War II. Legend has it that this was a direct order from Hitler.

As you walk along the bridge stop at one of the many jewelry stores, where goods range from priceless antiques to more affordable souvenirs. Goldsmiths have been here since 1593, when Ferdinand I ordered that the butchers and greengrocers leave due to the unpleasant smell they created. Find the stern, bearded bust of the famous goldsmith Cellini at the halfway point on the bridge, with stunning views down the Arno behind him.

Look up and you’ll notice the Vasari Corridor (Corridoio Vasariano). The Grand Duke Cosimo I ordered the construction of the corridor by Vasari in 1565 so he could walk undisturbed from the town hall (Palazzo Vecchio) to his residence in the Palazzo Pitti.

A local legend states that lovers who attach a padlock to the bridge and toss the key into the river will be eternally bonded. You may well see padlocks attached to various parts of the bridge, but don’t be tempted to try it yourself. Damage caused by vast numbers of padlocks has led authorities to award a hefty fine to anyone caught doing it.

The bridge is accessible all hours of the day.

Popular Activities at Ponte Vecchio

There are heaps of wonderful ways to get a feel for Ponte Vecchio. Here is a list of some of the best ones:

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Hotel Pitti Palace al Ponte Vecchio ¥29,285
Hotel Pitti Palace al Ponte Vecchio

Hotel Pitti Palace al Ponte Vecchio

Borgo S.Jacopo, 3/r, Florence, FI
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Oltrarno, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Ponte Vecchio, Pitti Palace, and Piazza della Signoria. Uffizi Gallery and Palazzo Vecchio are also within 10 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 16 minutes by foot and Porta al Prato Station is 23 minutes.

    c-hotels Ambasciatori ¥11,347
    c-hotels Ambasciatori

    c-hotels Ambasciatori

    Via Luigi Alamanni 3, Florence, FI
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Santa Maria Novella, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Via Faenza, Santa Maria Novella Basilica and Museum, and Fortezza da Basso. Florence Baptistery and San Lorenzo Church are also within 15 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is only a 3-minute walk and Porta al Prato Station is 11 minutes.

      Grand Hotel Cavour ¥15,080
      Grand Hotel Cavour

      Grand Hotel Cavour

      Via Del Proconsolo 3, Florence, FI
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Duomo, this family-friendly Florence hotel is steps from Badia Fiorentina and Bargello. Piazza del Duomo and Palazzo Vecchio are also within 5 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 14 minutes by foot and Florence Campo Di Marte Station is 23 minutes.

        Grand Hotel Baglioni ¥14,391
        Grand Hotel Baglioni

        Grand Hotel Baglioni

        Piazza Unita Italiana 6, Florence, FI
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Duomo, this boutique hotel is steps from Via Faenza and Santa Maria Novella Basilica and Museum. San Lorenzo Church and Florence Baptistery are also within 10 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is only a 4-minute walk and Porta al Prato Station is 15 minutes.

          Hotel Berchielli ¥23,508
          Hotel Berchielli

          Hotel Berchielli

          Lungarno Acciaiuoli 14, Florence, FI
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Duomo, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, and Uffizi Gallery. Palazzo Vecchio and Pitti Palace are also within 10 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 14 minutes by foot and Porta al Prato Station is 21 minutes.

            Maxim Axial ¥7,850
            Maxim Axial

            Maxim Axial

            Via Dei Calzaiuoli 11, Florence, FI
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Duomo, this hotel is steps from Via de' Calzaiuoli, Florence Baptistery, and Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower. Piazza della Signoria and Piazza del Duomo are also within 5 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 11 minutes by foot and Porta al Prato Station is 21 minutes.

              TSH Florence Lavagnini ¥10,401
              TSH Florence Lavagnini

              TSH Florence Lavagnini

              Viale Spartaco Lavagnini 70 72, Florence
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in San Lorenzo, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Gallery of the Academy of Florence and Florence Baptistery. Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower and Piazza della Signoria are also within 1 mi (2 km). Florence Statuto Station is 9 minutes by foot and Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 12 minutes.

                Hotel Laurus al Duomo ¥27,743
                Hotel Laurus al Duomo

                Hotel Laurus al Duomo

                Via Cerretani, 54r, Florence, FI
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Duomo, this hotel is steps from Via de' Tornabuoni and Florence Baptistery. Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower and San Lorenzo Church are also within 5 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 6 minutes by foot and Porta al Prato Station is 19 minutes.