Best known of all of Florence's treasures, this glorious bridge was the only one of six spared by the retreating Germans on ... More
Best known of all of Florence's treasures, this glorious bridge was the only one of six spared by the retreating Germans on August 4, 1944. Over the centuries flooding unfortunately took its toll; few traces of the 10th-century bridge remain. Today's bridge, built in 1345, was filled with butcher's shops which would routinely discard the carcasses into the Arno causing quite a stench. Grand Duke Fernandino I issued an edict to replace the butchers with goldsmiths to eradicate the smell and gentrify royalty's route to Palazzo Pitti, reached via the Vasari Corridor that passes over the bridge. The tradition of padlocking things to the statue of Benvenuto Cellini, often practiced by lovers who padlock a lock to the gate of the statue and toss the key into the river, faces a fine of EUR 50!
I was in Florence earlier this summer and I have to say I am dying to go back. I loved everything about it from the Ponte Vecchio to the Duomo everything had so much history and beauty. We ate at a restaurant called Leo's that was amazing. The best Italian food I have ever had. It is a small family restaurant with a homey feel to it. The owner himself serves you. I also found this little wine boutique that apparantly alot of locals frequent. The wine was very good and not pricey at all. Locals come to fill up empty bottles there. The wine shop was called Vine (I believe). I thought my experience with the locals was great. Everyone was very warm and helpful and it was just an incredible experience. Things are very pricey but the experience was wonderful experience. The city is very romantic and traditional. I recommend this to everyone.
Been here, I stayed at Firenze for a week.
About the Ponte Vecchio, I like the river passing under it, the bridge itself, i like the place at night, all the lights gave a warm taste of Italian atmosphere.
I didn't like the fact that a lot of stuff here are quite expensive. Especially the shops that stand on the bridge.
I really like this bridge i am doing a report on it and it is so intersting i love it, i really want to go there it sounds beautiful! I can't beleive that it has lasted all these years without falling, it is just fasinating to think about! I hope i go there some day....!
In November we stayed at the Hotel Tornabouni Beacci (wonderful hotel) very near Ponte Vecchio - a bridge with many personalitities - depending on time of day one is there - we particularly enjoyed it on weekend mornings when the river reflections were so colorful - there is in the middle of the ponte a statue to which is attached numerous locks - we never learned why? - can anyone enlighten us - regardless, enjoy - it is a memorable place.
The Ponte Vecchio is great. Lots of shopping and eating and such a beautiful view. There is everything from Jewelry to Gelato and it's fun. It's a nice walk, very historic and simply gorgeous. This is probably a more expensive area, it's not a haggling type of place. But yummy and fun. Sometimes a little crowded.
I spent two days in Florece last year, and at night my friends and I were wandering around the city on the way back to our hotel, we suddenly found ourselves at the Ponte Vechio. The night was clear, and there was a man there playing a guitar and singing, it was great to see it so calm and empty, and it really lets you appreciate the structure, and not the shops.
We like Florence very much. My husband is Italian but lives in the U.S. We visited his family in Genova so we all went sightseeing in Florence. Our two children wanted to stop for ice cream but I didn't want any. I was just tired from walking so I sat down. The owner said I couldn't sit because I didn't buy anything. My husband had to pay extra for ice cream so we could sit at the table inside. He was so mad we just left. What is it with trying to squeeze the tourist? He is Italian and is mad about it? Everywhere you go the shops try to give tourists a bad deal. Florence is beautiful but beware of the tourist traps.
Huge selection of jewelry. If you are looking for something specific, you'll find it here.
Advice to husbands -- go near closing to see the beautiful sunset views and minimize the impact to your wallet.
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