Ponte Vecchio is a popular medieval bridge in Florence crossing the Arno River with bustling tourist everyday. No wonder it is tagged as one of the famous places in Italy.
The name Ponte Vecchio is Italian meaning Old Bridge. The name suits the bridge because it dates back during the Roman Empire. Originally, the bridge was made out of wood but a flood destroyed it in the 1333 and was rebuilt in 1345; thus the bridge we see today, is a three arched bridge made of stone. The architecture of the bridge is mainly attributed to Taddeo Gaddi. In 1565, Giorgio Vasari was commissioned to build the upper part of the bridge, today it is called the Vasariano Corridor.
The corridor connects the Ufizzi Gallery and the Pitti Palace and functions as an art gallery. During World War II, it was the only bridge spared by the Germans during the siege in Italy; however, access to the bridge was obstructed by destroying the buildings at both sides of the bridge.
Today, the bridge is lined with leather and jewelry shops, hawking their craft learned through the ages. You can find deals outside the bridge as well.
Midway the bridge, you can enjoy the view of the Arno River and the Tuscan houses near the shores. It is also a good idea to go to the bridge during sunset. Aside from the fact that the volume of tourist is not that bigger, you can also view the river with the city lights illuminated on it, making it more picturesque.
Different musicians and buskers also frequent the place during sunset to entertain tourists. You might also want to visit Ponte Santa Trinita and Ponte alla Grazie to take good pictures of Ponte Vecchio with the sunset. It’ll be a great way to end your day in Florence.