Ponte Vecchio - Old Bridge - is a medieval bridge over the River Arno stretching from Florence. It is one of the few bridges with shops built on it which are still standing. Above the shop there is Vasari Corridor, a passage that connects the Uffizi Gallery and Pitti Palace located on the other side of the river.
Pedestrian bridge is almost always full of tourists and musicians, painters and all kinds of performers who consistently create a lively atmosphere. The bridge must necessarily see at sunset from Ponte Santa Trinita because it is truly splendid.
History of Old Bridge
Ponte Vecchio is the oldest bridge in Florence. It is believed there was even a bridge here since Roman times. Current appearance dates from 1345 when it was built to replace another bridge that was destroyed by a flood. On the bridge, they built houses, which was a common practice in major cities in Europe during the middle Ages. Ponte Vecchio is the only bridge in Florence that escaped the bombing in the Second World War without any scratch.
Shops on Ponte Vecchio
Houses on the Ponte Vecchio were used as workshops and a wide range of shops such as butchers and tanners, they operate here. In 1593 Duke Ferdinand I decided to replace them only with the goldsmiths, largely because they make too much mess stores before and the smell was unbearable. Today, houses are used as stores that sell a wide range of jewelry, modern jewelry at affordable prices to extremely expensive antiques.
Some of the houses on the bridge extend above the river, off the bridge. These extensions of the buildings on the bridge rests on some very long wooden beams called "sporti".
Vasari Corridor from the Ponte Vecchio
In the 16th century, Florence Duke Cosimo I de Medici decided to build a passage linking the Uffizi to the Pitti Palace to not have to go on the bridge always busy when you need to move between the two residences of its . Corridor in Florence is known as the Corridoio Vasariano and was built in 1565 over the Ponte Vecchio store. In the southern part of the bridge, corridor avoids Manelli tower. The owners of the tower, which was originally built to defend the bridge's demolition refused to make way for the passage so that Vasari had no option but to build the passage around the tower.
Nowadays the corridor was transformed into a museum, but can be visited only in groups of up to 5 people and always requires reservation in advance.
Degli Uffizi 6 Loggiato
50125 Firenze, Italy
Wednesday and Thursday tours from 16:30 to 14:00 and
Friday at 9:00 and 11:30 tours
€ 14.00 - full ticket
€ 9.00 - reduced
Prices include a booking fee of 4 euros.