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Ponte Vecchio

Via Por Santa Maria/Via Guicciardini, 50125 Florence, Italy
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Ranked #38 of 222 Attractions in Florence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Bridges, Specialty Shops
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Erected during Roman times, this is the most ancient and photographed bridge in Florence, which is characterized by three arches and two wide arcades... more » Owner description: Erected during Roman times, this is the most ancient and photographed bridge in Florence, which is characterized by three arches and two wide arcades on each side housing the famous and unusual "botteghe" or shops. « less
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

As others have said, cool bridge to see from afar and photograph, then walk across...but the shop windows are crammed with expensive same same bling, with lots of look-e-loos peering in.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Out of all the sunsets I have watched so far from travelling this has been one of my favorite places. While on the bridge you get the most beautiful, romantic, serene atmosphere to watch a sunset. Standing on the bridge overlooking the beautiful skies you forget about all the cares in the world. You stand there and it sinks into... More

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Jaipur
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Its a bridge yet its not. We took a long walk just before sunset to ponte vecchio almost everyday while in florence. The view from a distance is awesome but nothing prepares you for all these antique/ vintage looking shops that the bridge actually houses. Its got a great buzz and one can spend hours just watching people or sitting... More

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Erie, Pennsylvania, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

This is a busy walkway bridge area with lots of pricey jewelry shops. A bit of a tourist trap but something to see....especially at sunset. The view on the river at sunset is beautiful! Other than that, plan on getting in the way and out of the way of lots of people! It is crowded!

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

The Ponte Vecchio is renown so no need to tell you what to expect. The bridge is easily accessible ( as are all attractions in Florence ) and you get some great photos from either side. The shops are mainly jewellers as has been for about 400 years - the bridge gets busy but it is amazing how the buildings... More

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

This is one of our favorite spots in Florence. We always spend time here. It is beautiful and a great people watching spot. There are so many people from all over the world that stop at Ponte Vecchio. It is free and there are often musicians on the bridge playing. Lots of peddlers too so do be on alert. Be... More

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Had to visit this famous structure as it's so recognisable as Florence. Crossed over on our way to the Boboli Gardens. So busy that it was impossible to browse the jewellery windows, much to my husbands relief! Slightly tacky but that's part of its charm.

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Walled Lake, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This place was insanely crowded. Jewelry shops lining the entire span. Appreciate it for what it is. I appreciate the fact that it's still standing and that the Germans decided not to blow it up after all. It is a must to experience the congestion on the bridge, but also appreciate it from afar. Be sure to read the history... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

Charming bridge but far too busy ! You get to appreciate it better from the distance. There are a few spots from some of the windows at Uffizi Gallery where you get to see Ponte Vecchio ! The jewellery shops on the bridge are far to expensive !

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

..but up close it's crowded and just a bridge with expensive yet somehow bland jewellery shops. You'll certainly cross it when you're in Florence - but don't make a special trip.

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