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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.

We understand you really want to make the most out of your visit to Ponte Vecchio. So, we've put together a list of some fun things you can do on your visit:

For even more things to do, peruse our Florence things to do page.


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Grand Hotel Cavour ¥9,489
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.

    Relais Piazza Signoria ¥7,852
    Relais Piazza Signoria

    Relais Piazza Signoria

    Via Vacchereccia 3, Florence, FI
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Duomo, this apartment building is steps from Via de' Calzaiuoli, Piazza della Signoria, and Palazzo Vecchio. Uffizi Gallery and Ponte Vecchio are also within 5 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 14 minutes by foot and Porta al Prato Station is 22 minutes.

      Hotel Berchielli ¥13,731
      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.

        Aurum Firenze ¥6,383
        Aurum Firenze

        Aurum Firenze

        Via Nazionale 8/a, Florence
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Santa Maria Novella, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Via Faenza and Santa Maria Novella Basilica and Museum. Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower and Piazza del Duomo are also within 10 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is only a 5-minute walk and Porta al Prato Station is 16 minutes.

          Maxim Axial ¥5,354
          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 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.

            Hotel Spadai ¥10,503
            Hotel Spadai

            Hotel Spadai

            Via dei Martelli, 10, Florence, FI
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Duomo, this spa hotel is steps from Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower, and San Lorenzo Church. Piazza del Duomo and Academy of Fine Arts are also within 5 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 10 minutes by foot and Porta al Prato Station is 21 minutes.

              Orto De Medici Hotel ¥10,333
              Orto De Medici Hotel

              Orto De Medici Hotel

              Via San Gallo 30, Florence, FI
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in San Lorenzo, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Piazza San Marco, Statue of David, and Gallery of the Academy of Florence. Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower and Academy of Fine Arts are also within 10 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 13 minutes by foot and Florence Statuto Station is 17 minutes.

                Hotel Duomo ¥13,090
                Hotel Duomo

                Hotel Duomo

                Piazza Del Duomo 1, Florence, FI
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Duomo, this hotel is steps from Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower and Florence Baptistery. Bargello and Gallery of the Academy of Florence are also within 10 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 10 minutes by foot and Porta al Prato Station is 22 minutes.