Ponte Vecchio Florence

A First Time Visitors Briefing

Ponte Vecchio Florence

Ponte Vecchio Florence

One of the most photographed icons of Florence, the Ponte Vecchio still takes you back when you actually first set eyes on it in person and immediately reach for your camera.

Ponte Vecchio is one of a series of bridges across to the south side of the river from historic centre of Florence. It's the oldest bridge built in 1345 and was the only bridge in Florence to escape being blown up during World War 2.

Ponte Vecchio is at the southern border of the historic centre, literally just around the corner from the Uffizi Gallery and landmark Palazzo Vecchio.

Ponte Vecchio is a pedistianised bridge in medieval style with shops on either side. Once on the bridge, apart from some viewpoints out to the river you could just be waling down a street, (see image below).

Today the shops on the bridge are dominated by jewellery shops.

Walking Across Ponte Vecchio Florence

Walking Across Ponte Vecchio Florence

Vasari Corridor

Running across the top of the Ponte Vecchio is part of the famous Vasari Corridor, built for the ruling Medicis by the Renaissance painter and designer Vasari.

The private enclosed walkway leads from the Palazzo Vecchio and Uffizi Museum runs across the top of the bridge to the Pitti Palace on the other side of the river.

This walkway enabled members of the Medeci family to move between their residences without mixing with the crowds.

The entrance to the Vasari Corridor is through the western corridor of the Uffizi.

The passage goes over Ponte Vecchio and up the hill to exit at the Boboli Gardens near the Buontalenti Grotto.

At the moment you can only visit in groups organised through tour companies.

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