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Address: Via Por Santa Maria/Via Guicciardini, 50125 Florence, Italy
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Description: Erected during Roman times, this is the most ancient and photographed...
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.
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I've often read about the Ponte Vecchio. I was a bit surprised by the fact it's much smaller than I ever imagined - I believe there's 46 jewellers packed onto the bridge in... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

I've often read about the Ponte Vecchio. I was a bit surprised by the fact it's much smaller than I ever imagined - I believe there's 46 jewellers packed onto the bridge in quirky buildings. I'm probably not their target market - as I did think much the jewellery on display was gaudy and all quite similar. We found much... More 

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

It is a time travel experience. Very beautiful view of the river and the little shops seem that they are hanging from the bridge. Only comparable with Rialto bridge, take as many pictures as you can!

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Jerusalem, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

I wouldn't go especially out of my way to see it - the Rialto in Venice is a much nicer bridge of a similar idea, but this is a site if you've never seen such a bridge with shops. I have no interest in buying jewelry, which seems to be the appeal for many visitors there. Worth seeing as a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Out of the whole day the place with most people per sqm. Lots of tourists and people to trying to sell you selfie sticks, pictures and all sorts of rubbish. The bridge is packed with jewellery stores. Great if u came to buy new expensive rings etc. Annoying when I come to enjoy the views and architecture. Yes we are... More 

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Long Island, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We visited when we were in Florence last September. We were looking for a pair of Italian gold earrings for our 11 year old niece and the cheapest we could find were 550 Euro. There were also tiny. I know that the dollar equaled 1.35 Euro when we were there but really? We could do much better on 47th Street... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Historic bridge overlooking river - beautiful atmosphere but not worth the shopping. Join a tour when walking this bridge, otherwise the minute intricacies are lost. Try to go when the sun sets as it is a spectacular view.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The shops along this bridge are filled with jewelry stores that in my opinion are a tourist trap..However, the history of this bridge and he views are amazing and if you continue down over the bridge you will get to the other shops in town that are wonderful and the Pitti Palace which is a must see!! Wonderful piece of... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We walked over the Ponte Vecchio on a rainy day, and it was full of shoppers having a great time. The bridge is worth exploring for its historic significance but also because it has many small shops with interesting items. While on the bridge, my wife bought a small charm of the Ponte Vecchio for a bracelet. Visiting the Ponte... More 

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Croydon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

An ancient and very picturesque bridge provides a charming view to behold was you look down the river. Full of history and lined with beautiful shops, most of which selling gold jewellery. Admiring and crossing it is definitely an experience all visitors to the city must do. However as with all public places in Florence, be mindful of pickpockets targeting... More 

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Southport
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

If you've ever seen old paintings of the bridges in London with the houses and shops on top - this is a remaining example! Yes it's worth a visit. Very busy. All the shops seem to be jewellery shops.

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