Ponte Vecchio or The Old Bridge is the oldest bridge in Florence crossing the river Arno. Plan to watch the sunset on your romantic vacation. Today, the bridge is home to numerous jewelry shops selling antique and designer jewelry. The central point of Ponte Vecchio opens up into an area with vaulted pillars and stunning views of the river Arno.
Ponte Vecchio dates back to the Roman times, however, the present structure is from 1565. At that time, a piece of the Vasari corridor connecting Palazzo Vecchio, the Uffizi and The Pitti Palace was added to Ponte Vecchio. The corridor runs around the medieval Manelli tower and over the bridge to the other side of Arno.
During the warmer months, Ponte Vecchio is filled with visitors, street performers and portrait painters, a romantic vacation spot.
For a great view of Ponte Vecchio, head one bridge over to Ponte Santa Trinita. At sunset on a clear day, Ponte Vecchio is adorned with golden and yellow colors. Hotels within walking distance of the bridge include Hotel Savoy in Florence, Gallery Hotel Art and Hotel Lungarno.