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Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio

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Ponte Vecchio, Florence, 50125

The Basics

The Ponte Vecchio is one of the most famous bridges in Italy and a popular, crowded sight in Florence. A visit to the bridge is often included in city sightseeing tours and small-group walking tours through the historic center of Tuscany's capital city, along with other Florentine highlights like the nearby Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens, Uffizi Gallery, and Michelangelo's David (housed in the Accademia Gallery a short walk away).

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Recent reviews from experiences in Florence

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Fabulous day with Constanza
debtyrrell, Jan 2020
Florence Full Day Tour with David, Duomo, Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio and More
My husband and I had a wonderful day touring the city with Costanza Barlondi. She was extremely knowledgeable, patient, interesting, and seemed to know the answer to all of our questions, regardless of the topic! Because our group was small, it felt very personalized and we could take our time and learn about each of the sites we were visiting. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone looking to hit all of the "must sees" in Florence.
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Excellent
hollyjutt, Oct 2019
Sightseeing Guided Tour of Florence by Night including Duomo & Palazzo Vecchio
Excellent evening, the weather was raining but our guide would find little covered areas to share fascinating information. Loved the tour and highly recommend. It was a great start to our visit in Florence
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Don't miss it!
Roving22883494318, Aug 2019
SUP at Ponte Vecchio with a Floating Drink - Florence Paddleboarding
A Fantastic experience, not to be missed. Tomasso makes everything clear and is super friendly, we had never Paddleboarded before but he put us at ease and we were soon sailing down the river with confidence. Honestly, one of the best holiday experiences i've had, cannot recommend highly enough!! Thanks Tomasso!
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Wonderful
marcodj88, Nov 2019
Florence Full Day Tour with David, Duomo, Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio and More
We had Francesca as our guide, she may be small in stature but was very knowledgeable in Florentine history and local cuisine. The tour at the Accademia was great, we were shown a few interesting pieces before seeing the David. We then made our way to the Duomo where a brief history lesson was given on the construction of the baptistry, tower and cathedral. Next up was the famous pig market, followed by the Vecchio palace before ending on ponte Vecchio. After the lunch break, we visited the Uffizi gallery for the afternoon. We were shown many great pieces before the tour ended at 4pm. As the Uffizi is so big, we were free to see the rest of the gallery at our own leisure after the tour ended. A wonderful day overall

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Ponte Vecchio is closed to traffic but is patrolled by police cars and other service vehicles.

  • The bridge leads to the Oltrarno neighborhood, a trendy part of Florence on the opposite side of the river filled with excellent restaurants and cafés.

  • There are no stairs on either side of the bridge, so it is fully accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.

  • The gold and silversmith shops on Ponte Vecchio are quite respectable—some have been there for a century—and are an excellent place to choose a special gift or souvenir.

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How to Get to There

The Ponte Vecchio crosses the River Arno just a block from the Uffizi Gallery, linking the historic center to the Oltrarno neighborhood.

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When to Get There

The center of Florence can be uncomfortably crowded during the popular summer months, and it can be a challenge to navigate the crowds on the bridge. Take an early morning or late evening stroll if visiting between April and October to savor the sunrise or sunset over the RIver Arno without the crowds.

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The Vasari Corridor and the Ponte Vecchio

Located on the opposite banks of the Arno River, the 16th-century Vasari Corridor (Corridoio Vasariano) is an elevated passageway running between Palazzo Vecchio and Palazzo Pitti. Commissioned by Duke Cosimo I de' Medici in 1565 and designed by Giorgio Vasari, the walkway was once a secret route used by the Medici family to travel unnoticed through the city. Today, the corridor is used as an art gallery, and visitors can admire views over the Arno River from large windows added to the section of the corridor running over the Ponte Vecchio.

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