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Ponte Vecchio

Via Por Santa Maria/Via Guicciardini, 50125 Florence, Italy
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Ranked #40 of 215 Attractions in Florence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bridges, Specialty Shops, Landmarks
Fee: No
Owner description: Erected during Roman times, this is the most ancient and photographed...
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Type: Bridges, Specialty Shops, Landmarks
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 on each side housing the famous and unusual "botteghe" or shops.
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Grenoble, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

On a visit to Florence, a walk on this bridge is must. Any time of the day a stroll along the bridge presents a different charm. There are many shops along the bridge, an open area at the center which provides great view on both sides. It really seems to be walking right into history, as is the case for... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

When visiting Florence, you have to walk the bridge. It's one of the few bridges that wasn't bombed during WWII (according to our tour guide) and it is lined with shops, as it has been for hundreds of years. There is so much history on that bridge, and you can feel it, just walking over it!

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Heathfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

This lovely Old Bridge has shops along either side, except for a gap in the middle where a paved area with a statue of Cellini provides a space to look up the River Arno and view the beautiful Ponta Santa Trinita. The shops mainly sell gold and provide interesting views of the river beyond while you are window shopping. On... More 

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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

it is a medieval stone arched bridge in florence built over the arno river.in the past the bridge housed butchers but now their are many shops on either sides of the bridge.the main shops are of jewellers,art dealers but we saw many souvenire shops n men selling cheap handmade jewellery too.tourists flock this area n so it can be very... More 

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Palmer, Alaska
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

It's lovely on a clear day and even beautiful in pouring rain. A nice walk to the other side. A visit to Florence wouldn't be complete without seeing this bridge.

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Valladolid, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

It is a historical monument in Firenze, so it always need to be visited and revisited. However, as some other places in the town, it is most of the times to crowded to calmly enjoy its charming atmosphere

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

This is a lovely site to visit. You can walk across the bridge, take pictures from both sides, and shop in the tiny little "houses" that line this famous landmark. There are bridges on both sides of the Ponte Vecchio, and in the overcast, rainy light of the day we visited, the pictures are beautiful. Walking over the Ponte Vecchio... More 

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Newark, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

If you've been to Venice, this bridge doesn't compare to, say, the Rialto...mildly charming but don't feel bad about skipping it if you don't have time or energy. It's currently home to jewelry stores and more jewelry stores. It does look nice in pictures by day and night (which obviously don't require you to cross it, just to see it).

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Traralgon, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Have quite often heard about this famous bridge over the Arno river, it has been there since about 1345 and was Florence's only bridge for century's. Extremely busy with people shopping in the shops that line either side of it, taking photos ,window shopping or just walking it and taking it all in. Apparently in the early days all the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

The Ponte Vecchio is a small medieval stone bridge over the Arno river in the heart of Florence steps from the Uffizi Gallery. It is interesting to me not only because of its long history but also because of the colourful 'add-on' cubicles protruding from its sides which are rarely found on other bridges I have seen. There are many... More 

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