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 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....!
My sister yvonne snijders is now living in Italy. She's half Filpino like me.. Since my sister left the philippines,i never stop from exploring how florence,Italy like.. My father who passed away 2 years ago,was born there.. I know my sister is so excited for this is her first time to travel abroad,and take note,Florence,Italy..
I am in love with Florence. I was there in Mid-July, it was quite hot but still wonderful. The museums are to die for and the food was delicious. I hope to go back next year and do a lot of shopping, oh, take lots of money, nothing is cheap.
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!
There is so much history and atmosphere there, you can't help but find it appealing. We window shopped a lot, got some souveniers, gelato, the ususal. Then, we went back and did the real shopping. If you want any type of jewelry, from the mundane to the unique, this is the place to be. Just find something you like and buy it. Don't go all the to Florence, get to the Ponte Vecchio, and leave because you think the price is too high, if only for the memories of WHERE you got those gold earrings or watch!
The Ponte Vecchio is unlike any other bridge that you will see. The ancient shops are very interesting. One of the most remarkable things about the tiny shops is how they shut up at night.
The downside is how very busy the bridge gets. It is hard to walk around much less look at the shops wares.
What an awesome experience, The Ponte Vecchio, the food and shops, just keep in mind that those bracelets were not cheap in price, yet they broke apart 3 months later. The traditional key thrown in the water was a romantic experience for my marriage.
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.
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