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Ponte Vecchio

Via Por Santa Maria/Via Guicciardini, 50125 Florence, Italy
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Ranked #39 of 224 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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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

The bridge itself is extremely crowded, nearly all shops sell expensive jewellery but the interiors are very quaint.If you can nudge into a space, you can get good photos of the area but the bridge itself is best seen from inside the Uffizi.Also, can get good photos of it at sunset from the next bridge along.You do have to cross... More

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taxman53
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The real photo opp is to the west side of the bridge in the afternoon to catch the sun. No reason to go on the bridge to spend your hard earned $$$, cause you will certainly spend too much.

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Parker, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This is a great place for history and to take pictures. The views from the bridge are fantastic! But beware of the gold shops. They all charge similar prices for the same stuff. I was told I could barter with them as that's how it was handled in the past. They don't barter anymore. I went to a shop and... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Interesting bridge history and great place to stop and take pictures. A lot of jewelry and gold shops and a lot of the same types of shops as you walk along. Watch out for the 'gypsies' and give a stern 'No!' as they prey on the tourists. Same with the street 'vendors' trying to sell you their goods at a... More

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Clifton, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Im not being insensitive here but I dont get the big deal, Its a bridge, (yes its old but you are in Europe after all) and it has shops on it and its near the Ufizzi Gallery. Thats about it.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

We loved the Ponte Vecchio area of Florence. The bridge itself has mainly jewellery shops on it. The areas either end of the bridge have wonderful narrow streets, full of character, charming cafes and restaurants, etc. A great photographic opportunity in this area. We particularly loved the Oltarno side (the south side of the river) of the bridge.

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Barcelona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

As all the italian architecture it takes you to the romantic italian past, and it is amazing when you walk by, you feel yourself walking throw history, great view and great picture in any of the different angles you may choose.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Jewellery to love and to hate quite frankly and very very costly BUT the bridge is amazing as is it's history and usefulness - a guided tour is well worth having to understand this amazing structure in more detail rather than just a bridge of shops. If in Florence - a visit is so worthwhile. Jewellery prices are extremely high... More

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Rotterdam
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

This is one of the must-see attractions of Florence. It is very beautiful and very crowded. The shops on the bridge sell gold & jewelry.

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Toluca, Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Is almost a common bridge, with a lot of people, jewelry stores, street sellers, you can take beautiful pictures from there.

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