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Ponte Vecchio

Via Por Santa Maria/Via Guicciardini, 50125 Florence, Italy
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Ranked #42 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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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

Lovely views, but too crowded to really see much. Disappointing shops too, just seemed to be very expensive jewellery.

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Thessalonike, Thessaloniki, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

Located in the city center joins two sides of beautiful Florence this wonderful bridge, (Ponte Vecchio) busy during the day ... incredibly romantic at night is definitely worth your attention! there are interesting shops to shop for souvenirs .. good ride!

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

I really wanted to like the Ponte Vecchio. I felt as though I ought to like something so iconic but I found it all rather haphazard and ramshackle-looking. It's very crowded and crammed full of jewellers' shops but the views, once you get to the centre, are pretty. I am very glad I visited it as I wouldn't feel like... More

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Altoona, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

The Ponte Vecchio's current appearance dates back to 1345. Houses were built on the bridge, which was a common practice in large European cities during the Middle Ages. The Ponte Vecchio was the only bridge in Florence that survived WWII unscathed. Today the buildings on the bridge all appear to be jewelry shops.

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Seattle
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Read up on the history of the Ponte Vecchio Bridge. Did you know it was the only bridge in the area not bombed in WWII due to U.S. military protecting it ? Quite a history to protect. Now, of course, it's lined with jewelry shops. Nice to say you bought something in Italy, but not sure you'll be getting a... More

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

It's kind of a must do, and right next to the Uffizi, so easy to fit into the most rushed itinerary. Like many bridges, it's pretty to look at but pretty underwhelming to walk across - lots of uber-expensive shops and people taking photos of each other. Nowhere to do the padlock thing though, so not all bad! And the... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Fabulous to see and fabulous surroundings all around this area. Photos don't do this ponte any justice. Enjoy x

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Boston, MA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

The Ponte Vecchio is a very historic bridge, worth reading about and educating yourself. Our hotel was right on the Arno River with the Ponte Vecchio only 2 bridges away. Beautiful to look at both morning and night. Walking across it you find jewelry vendors and souvenir stands, with nothing much more to see. The afternoon we went, it was... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Plenty of crowds too, this crossing of the river, was the only bridge left intact in the second world war, The Various wealthy of course cross on the second level, not apparently for us lot, where on ground level the shops seem almost exclusively to cater for those tourists seeking gold. We didnt so cant review the shops but there... More

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

This is a historical bridge - which now is a shopping arcade of mostly tourist trap shops. Look at it from the historical perspective. Enjoy the hub-bab of the tourist; stop and take some pictures of the river and surrounds.

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