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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74.1% 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