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"Better From a Distance: Ponte Vecchio" Top 5 Page for this destination Tuscany Favorite Tip by deecat

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  Ponte Vecchio
by deecat

Favorite thing: The photo I took of Ponte Vecchio was taken from the window at the end of a corridor in the Uffizi Gallery. If you enlarge it, you can see the reflection in the upper left hand corner.

Ponte Vecchio is really the Old Bridge because it is the most ancient bridge in Florence. At first it was made of wood, and in the 12th century, it was rebuilt in stone; however, in 1333, the terrible floods demolished it. Rebuilt about 12 years later, shops were added, as we see today.

At that time, the shops sold food, but in the 16th century, gold and silver shops occupied the spaces as they still do today. The shops are surmounted by the famous Corridoio Vasariano
(Vasari Corridor) which was created so that the powerful Cosimo I de' Medici could go from Palazzo Vecchio to Palazzo Pitti safely.

Sadly, today, the bridge is swarming with tourist buying gold and silver.

Fondest memory: I think that Ponte Vecchio is much more impressive from a distance.

It almost seems "tacky" when you are actually there. There's nothing attractive about people purchasing gold and silver or the sales people who are "pushing" their wares.

But, it's still a place you need to experience while in Florence even if from the window of the Uffizi Gallery!

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 19, 2007
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