Ponte Vecchio17728 Votes Currently Open
- Address: Ponte Vecchio, Firenze, Italy, 50125, Florence
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Phone: +39-55292289
- Time Required: 00:30 Mins
- Tags: View Point, Bridge, Family And Kids, Architecture , Landmarks, Buildings And Structures
This medieval stone bridge, closed and segmented, soars over River Arno, and is famous for the shops operate in it. Once the domain of butchers, it is now inhabited by jewelers, art dealers and souvenir sellers. There’s been a bridge at this location since Roman times. At the South East corner of the bridge, you’ll see the Torre dei Mannelli, which was built to protect the bridge.
The bridge is famous most of all for having popularised the term ‘bankruptcy’, which literally means ‘broken table’. When a money-changer failed to repay his debts, his table was broken by soldiers in a practice called ‘bancorotto’.
Another famous story is that Duke Cosimo of the Medicis ordered butchers away from the Vasari corridor he’d built between the Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi; this spot was immediately taken over by gold merchants.
On the eastern side of the bridge, you’ll find a bust of Benvenuto Cellini, which as made in 1900 to honor the fourth century of the birth of this great goldsmith. Visit Italy in 10 Days Itinerary for an unforgettable Italy travel experience
Ponte Vecchio Travel Tips
- Do not put love-padlocks on the bridge. It is severely frowned upon.
How to Reach Ponte Vecchio
- Buses C3 and D; Stops-Ponte Vecchio or Bardi
- Cafe Italiano
- Il Bargello
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86.89% of people who visit Florence include Ponte Vecchio in their plan
08 AM - 09 AM
30.04% of people start their Ponte Vecchio visit around 08 AM - 09 AM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Ponte Vecchio
66.74% of people prefer walking in order to reach Ponte Vecchio
Ponte Vecchio Reviews & Ratings
Truly a magnificent place. Remarkable to look at and to walk through to experience. The places inside were cute. The river is lovely. Had a marvelous time here. The entire area is truly luxurious. I didn't want to leave any of it. I recommend anyone in the World that can visit this wonderful city.
This is another key attraction of Florence. It is great to window shop for gold jewelry here and listen to street musicians. I think this has always been a magnet since it was built. It's great that now only pedestrians can use this walkway. You can either take pictures of this bridge or on the bridge browse the shops. This is also a point in Florence you will find yourself coming back to more than once.
Awesome bridge, but extremely busy! The best view of the bridge is from one of the other bridges, but what fun is it if you don't actually cross the bridge? I recommend going at night, it's lit up and looks amazing reflected in the water. There are also usually street performers at night and a lot less people.
Cannot be missed if you enjoy art! We were extremely lucky to be in Florence when the gallery had a nocturnal opening for €1 entry fee because of the European Cultural Heritage weekend. The timeless pieces are beautiful and definitely worth seeing in person.
Great place to see the view of the river from both sides and the landscape. Also has an amazing selection of jewellery shops on the bridge to window shop at. It's full of people but best time to go is around sunset as you will not be disappointed with the scenery.