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

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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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

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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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

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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36 reviews 36 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

such a cool bridge. super crowded and full of jewelry stores. but it connects the two sides of the city and gives it a historic touch. i think the most beautiful place in florence, at least for me.

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Worthington, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

Go for the views and history. We enjoyed the views of the Ponte Vecchio as we approached it along the banks of the muddy Arno and the views of the river and surrounding areas in both directions from the two open areas in the middle of the bridge. Hard to imagine that it has been in continual use for nearly... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

This is the tourist hub of Florence. Experience it for the history, but be prepared for wall to wall crowds. Other than a glove shop (Madova), and a few jewelers, it is mostly tourist trapping vendors.

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Pemberton, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

An important part of the history but it's been turned into a high end outdoor mall and I guess that's what pays to maintain it. Beautiful piece of architecture.

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Springfield, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Great iconic landmark. We crossed, it is very crowded but worth it. Lots of shops and lots of tourists, still enjoyed it!

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Bangkok, Thailand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

The Ponte Vecchio was on the list as one of the key attractions in Florence but from what we saw it was just an overcrowded tourist trap. I am sure if you were staying in Florence and were able to visit early in the morning without the crowds it would be much better but if you can't then best enjoy... More

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