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Ponte Vecchio

4.6/5
554 Reviews
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Ranked No. 4 in Florence Can't-Miss Landmarks
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Open Open 24 hours
Recommended sightseeing time: 0.5-1 hour
Address: Florence Italy
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Phone: +39-55-294290

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Ponte Vecchio, built in 1345, is the oldest bridge in Florence, Italy ( Emerald Cui). The Ponte Vecchio was previously a corridor from the Uffizi Palace to the Betti Palace on the other side. Very beautiful scenery and suitable for the whole family tour!

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Introduction

Literally meaning "old bridge", Italians could have, perhaps, come up with a better name for what was to become one of the more iconic monuments in one of its most iconic cities. Nevertheless, this old bridge, which was only one of six spared by retreating Germans in 1944, is a monument to all that a monarch can accomplish. Once filled with butcher shops, which would dump their old/rotted animal carcasses into the river below, Grand Duke Fernandino I demanded that all butchers be replaced by goldsmiths-- thus ridding the bridge of its stench. Nowadays, rather than rotting animal carcass, Ponte Vecchio is the most golden spot in Italy. The bridge is lined with jewelry shops and vendors (careful, you'll likely encounter a scam or two) and is pleasant enough to walk down in the evening time, when it's not packed from end to end with the thousands of toursits who traverse the Arno over its cobblestones daily.
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