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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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The problem with Ponte Vecchio, while you're on it, is all of the peddlers trying to pawn off goods on you. I recommend going to it, get your picture on it if you choose, but it's... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

The problem with Ponte Vecchio, while you're on it, is all of the peddlers trying to pawn off goods on you. I recommend going to it, get your picture on it if you choose, but it's better served as backdrop and seen from a distance. Walk down the river a bit and take a look back to really appreciate it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

Originally this bridge harbored all sorts of merchants and many were butchers and the stench was horrible , it was originally built to link the Uffici ( which was eventually turned into a museum ) , which means offices of the Medici's to their home the Pitti Palace, a good book to invest in before your trip to the Tuscany... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

Ponte Vecchio is probably one of the most beautiful and easily recognisable bridges in the world, it is an image long associated with Florence and an easy must-see attraction on visitor itineraries during trips to the city. Ponte Vecchio is an arched stone bridge that spans the Arno River in the heart of the Historic Centre of Florence. Its beauty... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

The Florence area was and is a center of gold work, and this wonderful old bridge is crammed with shops selling good of varying quality. But it is extremely popular.

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Aberystwyth, Wales, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Such a beautiful ordinal bridge, this definitely worth visiting. Jewelry shops line the sides as they have done for centuries. I bought a very pretty key ring decorated with milifiori glass from Venice which is such a lovely souvenir which I use every day now and it reminds me of oh so pretty Forence. There is a wide variety of... More 

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Mount Pleasant, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

The Ponte Vecchio is the only original bridge left across the Arno in Florence. The Nazis blew up all the others during WWII but left this one bridge. The gold merchants are very grateful. Nestled onto both sides of the bridge are storefronts glittering with beautiful jewelry. We didn't shop...gold is very pricey at the moment. BUT, window gawking is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

This is beautiful to look at, not so great to cross, full of crowds and overpriced jewellery shops. The bridge from any angle makes a lovely photo.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This bridge has been the home of merchants for several centuries. The shops today are predominantly jewellery and watches. It's a definite must see both for the shopping and for the view of the Arno. Be sure to barter, it's expected.

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Manassas, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

The draw of so many jewelry shops in one place keeps the bridge packed with tourist all day long, but it remains a must see for any first time visitor. Don't expect cheap deals but their jewelry's unique designs are known around the world and make great keepsakes...I add a piece to my collection with each visit. Don't overlook the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I was in Florence 30 years ago and then in the Ponte Vecchio there was a lot of jewell artisans that used to sell their work for very competitive Price. Now there is only extremously expensive stores that sell Brand name jewells. It is a nice place to visit but I would recommend you to buy jewells in Rome or... More 

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