A symbol of Florence
Walking along the Ponte Vecchio, a symbol of Florence, is a unique experience. Lined by goldsmith shops, above it runs the Vasari Corridor, built by order of Cosimo I de’ Medici in 1565 to connect Palazzo Vecchio, the political heart of the city, and Palazzo Pitti, the Medici’s residence.
During the day you will be dazzled by the shop windows full of gold and precious stones, while at night-time, the closed artisan shops look like treasure chests. A romantic atmosphere is guaranteed.
Built in 1345 to replace an older bridge destroyed by the flooding of the Arno river, it is said to be Europe’s oldest stone bridge. It was the only bridge in Florence not destroyed by bombing in World War II.
It started out as a market bridge, housing all kinds of shops, particularly butchers. Only from 1593 was it dedicated exclusively to goldsmithing. Some shops keep alive the custom of having their workshop on the street so you can see the artisans at work.
For splendid views of the Ponte Vecchio, head to the Santa Trinità bridge. It is most beautiful at sunset, while the sky is still blue, when the first lights turn on and the bridge reflects in the water.