Ponte Vecchio

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Overview

Ponte Vecchio is a segmental arch bridge in Florence, Italy. The bridge is located over Arno River. The bridge present now was built in 1345 replacing the one built-in 996 AD. Ponte Vecchio is a beautiful tourist spot today. All the year many people come and enjoy the scenic and panoramic views from the bridge.

On both sides of the bridge, there are markets where you can buy gifts and souvenirs for family and friends. You can see musicians playing good music, entertainers on the road, artists making portraits and a very pleasant environment around. Ponte Vecchio is a very romantic place in Florence, with its great views over the river and of the bridge itself. You can spend a lot of quality time with your partner and indulge in some of the fun activities there.

Along with this hustle and bustle, there are many shops positioned near the bridge designed in the ancient style. Tourists come here to wander around on the street which offers a lot of jewelry shops, antique pieces, souvenirs, and a spectacular view. There are also many restaurants and eateries around the bridge for you to stop and enjoy your food. Visit Florence will always be incomplete without the visit to Ponte Vecchio.

 

 

Ancient History of Ponte Vecchio

The original bridge was built in 996 AD by Romans. That bridge was destroyed by floods and natural calamities. A new bridge was built in 1117 which was again destroyed. After all the damage Taddeo Gaddi built again a new bridge in 1345 which is still standing strong. Many floods came by but the bridge is standing strong.

The Ponte Vecchio Bridge was quite appreciated for its unique and fine architecture. The construction of the bridge was quite advance so that bridge can be saved from any damage in the future. Some historians and scholars believe that the building of the bridge could be the work of Dominican friars.

Ponte Vecchio is the only bridge in Florence, Italy that survived World War II. Every other bridge was destroyed. During the Nazi fall back in 1944, all of the Florence bridges were bombed and destroyed except Ponte Vecchio was spared. Gerhard Wolf, the German consul protected the bridge. The bridge Ponte Vecchio also has an ancient sundial. The sundial is composed of a white marble cup divided by thin columns indicating the canonical hours. When the clocks were not invented, Florentines often used this sundial to tell time. It is located just above a white marble pillar

The government had rent out part of the bridge as shops to recover some of the money spent on building and maintaining the bridge. The early tenants were butchers and they ruined and exploited the place and made it very dirty and stinky. Today, it's run by precious stone traders and jewelers.

Love locks or padlocks can be found on every bridge in Italy. Ponte Veccio is also one of the famous bridges for padlocks. They are found hanging on hanging on the railing of Benvenuto Cellini’s statue. However, the government has removed most of the locks and has imposed a ban and fine on it.

 

 

Nearby Attractions of Ponte Vecchio

  • Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
  • Piazzale Michelangelo
  • Battistero di San Giovanni
  • Villa di Pratolino
  • The Basilica of Santa Croce

 

Timings

  • Sunday : 10:00 am to 07:00 pm
  • Monday : 10:00 am to 07:00 pm
  • Tuesday : 10:00 am to 07:00 pm
  • Wednesday : 10:00 am to 07:00 pm
  • Thursday : 10:00 am to 07:00 pm
  • Friday : 10:00 am to 07:00 pm
  • Saturday : 10:00 am to 07:00 pm

Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.

 

How to Reach

  • By Flight : Florence airport is the nearest airport to the Ponte Vecchio which is around 11 km away from the bridge. Cabs and Buses stand at the airport to transfer to Ponte Vecchio.
  • By Train : Santa Maria Novella is the nearest railway station to Ponte Vecchio. It is only a 20-minute walking distance to Ponte Vecchio.
  • By Road : There are many ways that you can choose to reach Ponte Vecchio. Taxi, Bus, rideshare & Tram. A bus will take 40 mins, Taxi will take around 15 mins and Tram will take 30 mins Train will take 20 mins. You can choose whatever you want to according to the time and budget you have.

 

Ticket Pricing

  • Free Entry :

Things to Do at Ponte Vecchio

  • View from Boats: If you are ever in Florence make sure to take a boat ride on the Arno River’s small boats. It will be the most memorable experience of your lifetime. It is very romantic and you can spend quality time with your partner.
  • Uffizi & Loggia Dei Lanzi Gallery: Both of the galleries are very famous and an integral part of Florence's history. Built-in the 14th century They show the largest collection of Renaissance art, most of them collected by the Medici family. Other is an arched gallery famous for many statues. The most popular statue is of Perseus after he killed Medusa.
  • Mercato Nuovo: Mercato Nuova Also known as the piglet market is an enclosed market where tourists can spend their day shopping for luxury items like silk and gold as well as small stuff like T-shirts or souvenirs.
  • Bardini Garden: Bardini Garden is a terraced garden that provides a spectacular view of Ponte Vecchio. It offers fountains, medieval walls, and a huge staircase for you to climb. It is considered remarkable for its green environment.

Address

Ponte Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy

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Laura I. Abreu
Laura I. Abreu
08/16/2020 02:25
Walking by the Arno river with a friend while admiring the Ponte Vecchio in Firenze… I believe springtime is the best time to visit, less tourists and quieter. You can find beautiful jewelleries and art dealers nearby. Long time ago all those shops were owned by butchers.
Jens Czaja
Jens Czaja
07/30/2020 11:03
A beautiful bridge with the gold workers at each building. Normally the bridge is absolutely overcrowded, so if you have the luck to be there during Corona or in the early morning or late evening, enjoy those things which you normally can't see and take an undisturbed look from bridge to bridge over the Arno.
Menno Kolk
Menno Kolk
08/10/2020 00:54
Nice to see and to take a picture. Maybe you want to shop for gold, but that's all. Visible from the bridge, but only available to book with a tour is the Vasari corridor.
John Willemsen
John Willemsen
08/01/2020 20:32
Nothing special. A few old houses on a bridge. Sure; they look nice, but it's just a few jewellery stores on a bridge of about 30 meters long, and that's it. In the words of Julius Caesar: I came, I saw and I forgot.
Nigel Reilly
Nigel Reilly
08/11/2020 03:25
Looks better when you are not on it. Full of tourists looking at jewelry they won't buy. Go 50m away and take nice photos of it

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FAQs

Ponte Vecchio, a closed-spandrel arch bridge, is located in Florence, Italy.
Ponte Vecchio is famous for its beautiful shops, including various jewelry shops, art galleries, and antique boutiques. The Ponte Vecchio is one of the most beautiful and prominent attractions in Florence.
Try to visit this place early in the morning or later in the evening to avoid the crowd.
Yes, you can click a lot of pictures and keep them as memories forever.
The time period between the first week of May and the last week of October is the perfect time to visit Ponte Vicchio.
Yes, Ponte Vecchio is free. You don't have to pay anything to experience the beauty of this place. The best way to experience beauty is just by strolling around the streets and across the bridge.
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