The ancient Ponte Vecchio bridge is as much a symbol of Florence as the red dome of the Duomo. Ponte Vecchio means old bridge, and indeed it dates back to the 14th century.
The three-arched bridge is picturesquely lined with several stories of jewelry shops and market stalls. It’s one of the most popular places in Florence for taking a stroll or just hanging out, and the decorative central arches are picture-perfect spots for snapping photos of Florence.
Running across the top of the Ponte Vecchio is part of the famous Vasari Corridor, built for the ruling Medicis by the Renaissance painter and designer Vasari. The private enclosed walkway leads from the Palazzo Vecchio and Uffizi Museum, across the top of the bridge to the Pitti Palace on the other side of the river.
The Ponte Vecchio crosses the River Arno, linking the historic city center with the Altrarno district on the southern bank. It’s only a five-minute stroll from the Uffizi.
Tours & Tickets
When your cruise ship docks in Livorno and you have only a single day to see the surrounding Italian towns of Pisa and Florence, you’ll need a privately guided ... Read more
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
Take a small group walking tour of Florence and visit the Accademia Gallery afterwards, to see Michelangelo's famous statue of David. Numbers are limited to a ... Read more
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
Discover the sights and stories of medieval Florence – a time of scandal and intrigue – and see the city’s showstopping attractions alongside lesser-known ... Read more
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)
Explore Florence and the Tuscan hill town of Fiesole with little effort and lots of fun on this 4-hour electric bike tour, led by a local host. Safe to ride, ... Read more
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
Cruise along the Arno River and under the incredible Ponte Vecchio, Florence’s famous bridge, on a barchetto, a small traditional boat! Florence’s answer to ... Read more
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)