"Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge)" Ponte Vecchio Tip by acemj
Ponte Vecchio, Florence: 189 reviews and 323 photos
The most famous bridge of Florence was built in 1345. Ever since, it has been lined with merchants, originally grocers, butchers and others, and now exclusively jewelers. This change was a result of the Medici ruler Ferdinand I, who built a corridor on top of the shops to connect his palace (Palazzo Pitti) to the Medici offices (the Uffizi). He felt that butchers and the like were a bit too unseemly so he kicked them out and replaced them with jewelers. You can still walk through the upper corridor by purchasing a ticket at the Uffizi.
Address: Across the Fuime Arno River
Directions: Between Lungarno degli Acciaiuoli & Borgo San Jacopo
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