Ponte Vecchio

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The most famous bridge on the river Arno is the 14th century arched ‘Old Bridge’ Ponte Vecchio that houses goldsmiths, jewelry workshops and the Signoria open arched gallery. At the northern end of the bridge is a covered colonnade, which was built as a secret passageway for the Medicis as they walked between the Uffizi and the Pitti Palace. The original occupants were butchers who discarded their scraps into the Arno, which gave rise to such stench that the Medicis could not bear it, so the Grand Duke Ferdinando I ordered them to move out and invited the goldsmiths to move in. This is the only bridge on the Arno that wasn’t destroyed by the Nazis during World War II, and looks fabulous during sunset.

Ponte Vecchio and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile
Basilica of Santa Maria Novella

Basilica of Santa Maria Novella(0.7 km)
The Basilica of Santa Maria Novella is renowned for its treasured collection of art and funerary monuments as well as its striking Gothic-Renaissance architecture.


Boboli(0.7 km)


David(1 km)
Michelangelo's original 5m tall statue of David carved from a single slab of marble is kept at the Galleria dell ‘Academia, which also has other well known statues, paintings and carvings on display, well worth seeing.

Florence Baptistery

Florence Baptistery(0.6 km)
The Baptistery de San Giovanni, built in 1128 AD on the foundations of a Roman temple, is one of Florence’s oldest monuments of Romanesque architecture with bronze doors at the Gate of Paradise, which are a replica of the original ones by Lorenzo Ghiberti kept at the Museo dell’Opera.

Florence Cathedral

Florence Cathedral(0.6 km)
Soaring high above the city skyline, the Cathedral of Florence, Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore is the fourth largest cathedral in the world.

Palazzo Pitti

Palazzo Pitti(0.4 km)
The 16th century Palazzo Pitti was originally built by Brunelleschi for a wealthy banker, eventually became home to the Medici family and now houses several important museums and galleries on various items such as silver, porcelain and Renaissance clothing as well as more modern artworks from the 18th to 20th centuries AD.

Palazzo Vecchio

Palazzo Vecchio(0.3 km)
The 13th century Gothic Palazzo Vecchio with ornate ceilings and frescoed walls was the seat of Florentine government during the 13th and 14th Centuries.

Piazza della Signoria

Piazza della Signoria(0.3 km)
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