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Address: Via Por Santa Maria/Via Guicciardini, 50125 Florence, Italy
Phone Number: 055-29-42-90
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
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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What A Bridge

just a short walk from Piazza Della Signoria, is the Ponte Vecchio Bridge, the oldest bridge in Florence, which allegedly was left standing by the German army when retreating... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

just a short walk from Piazza Della Signoria, is the Ponte Vecchio Bridge, the oldest bridge in Florence, which allegedly was left standing by the German army when retreating. Most famous for it's gold and jewellery shops. A real bustling area well worth a visit, and great pictures to be taken both of the bridge and from it

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

If you want to buy some very expensive jewellery then head here. The bridge is iconic and cannot be missed but ultimately it's a bridge of expensive shops.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

The shops are CRAZY expensive here but its a nice experience to walk across. One the bridge, it looks much like any street, but away from the bridge, it makes for beautiful pictures. Nice! Worth walking across on the way to Piazza Michelangelo - and you can take some great pictures of this bridge from there (and two other bridges... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Worth having a look for the view and to get some pictures but the bridge is full of tourists and the shops are only selling very very expensive overpriced gold. Worth walking across on the way to Piazza Michelangelo.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

To be frank, Florence is not that attractive, maybe I've too high expectation. However, this is the best place in Florence to me. I don't mind walking pass it more than once per day. The bridge is beautiful, and I could find peace here.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

It's lovely to look at from farther up the river, and nice to walk over it, both at night and during the day when the shops are open. It's always crowded though! The bridge has some great history, too!

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Crossing the bridge is just a tourist trap - lots of jewerly shops, street sellers... So the feeling is not good. But the bridge looks much nicer from a far - specialy at the sunset - just find a perfect spot for great photographs.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Of course the Ponte Vecchio is required viewing but it's still so worth it. The history and views from the bridge are beautiful and shops lining the street are perfect eye candy. Should you be so inclined to purchase anything, be sure to haggle the price. Also, all the little coffee shops (bars) are splendid so you just can't go... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

My cousins and I were looking for a gift for her grandson who was going to make his first communion. We found this jewelry store on the Ponte Vecchio and the sales associate, Brigette. She was very knowledgeable and helpful. We were able to purchase a wonderful gift at a very good price. Never did we feel pressure to purchase... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

It was great to get a photo of the bridge, but the shops were insanely expensive - nothing I could ever afford. If you can handle just window shopping, definitely check it out!

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