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!
This "old bridge" has great history, but I was a little unimpressed. Of course, I wasn't in the market for high-end jewelry either. I do agree with all of those who say you must take in a sunset on the river banks because it is gorgeous and romantic. The bridge is located in the midst of many attractions, so a walk over it is amost mandatory and part of the experience when you're in Firenze!
Villa La Vedetta is a truly luxurious retreat found at an exclusive position on the Piazzale Michelangelo offering breathtaking views
of the city of Florence, only a few steps away from Ponte Vecchio.Surrounded by its own private park, it ...
The Pitti Palace Hotel offers moderately priced accommodations in Florence's city center and in close proximity to the Ponte Vecchio.
The Florence airport is approximately three miles from the hotel. The hotel's breakfast room and lounge, located on the ...
Housed in a reconstructed 6th century Byzantine tower and medieval church (dating from 1400), Hotel Brunelleschi is approximately one block
from Il Duomo cathedral and six miles from Florence Airport. The hotel is within walking distance of the Bargello, ...