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.
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.
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.