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“Better if you go around 6:00-7:30 am”
Review of Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio
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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.
Reviewed August 31, 2013

Having lived in Florence before, I had to cross Ponte Vecchio many times a day and of course, it was always full as you can imagine. If you would like to see it at its best and get great pictures, get up extra early and you will have it to yourself! It's really worth seeing it that way - the same applies for any piazzas !

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Reviewed August 31, 2013

Ponte Vecchio is a segmental arch shaped bridge on the river Arno in Florence; this is one of the major attractions in Florence. As in olden times, the bridge still houses shops throughout, only now they are mostly jewelers and souvenir shops instead of butcher. It is said that it was a prominent market place for old time Florence. It is surely, in my opinion, one of the most important highlights in Florence. Although, if you happen to walk around from within the market places, you might just miss it for any regular street. There are commuting bridges on either sides of Ponte Vecchio, which offer good picture options (all in walk able distance). The bridge also looks simply breathtaking at sunset from Piazzale Michelangelo when the river looks glittery gold!

I was staying at Hotel Balestri, which overlooks the bridge and is a 5-10 mins walk from the hotel. By the evening, we walked over from across our hotel to soak in the charm of this architectural manifest in its all lit up form!

The only things to remember while on the bridge are to beware of street vendors and the jewelry stores are just freakishly expensive.

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Reviewed August 29, 2013

Crowded but astonishing, it’s a must do thing… Me and my wife took pictures by day and by night, its sooo romantic buy night. In the day time its crowded with hundreds of people doing all sorts of things, buying small antics by the shops or tacking shots at boats that go under the bridge or even going to the side streets of the Ponte Vecchio shooting with their cameras. I don’t know this bridge can handle all these people on it. It’s beautifully made.

Thank Jonas W
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

A must see if your visiting Florence although careful you don't miss it as when your walking past it just looks like another street. Loads of expensive jewellery shops. Lovely views from and of the bridge over the Fiume Arno.

Thank SheonaghC
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

it's worth for sure to have a look as well as as for the VISTA, the shops and have a nice ice-cream with the kids :-)

Thank Domibl
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