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Ponte Vecchio -

Location and History

Believed to have been first built in Roman times, it was originally made of wood. After being destroyed by a flood in 1333 it was rebuilt in 1345, this time in stone. All of Florence's other bridges were demolished during WWII (and have since been replaced), but the Ponte Vecchio survived as even the Nazis could not bring themselves to destroy it.


Most of the design is attributed to Taddeo Gaddi. The bridge consists of three segmental arches, the main arch has a span of 30 meters (98 feet) the two side arches each span 27 meters (88 feet).
View of the Ponte Vecchio from aboveIn order to connect the Palazzo Vecchio (Florence's town hall) with the Palazzo Pitti, in 1565 Cosimo I de Medici had Giorgio Vasari build the famous Vasari Corridor above it.

Santa Trinita
Distance: 238 meters

Distance: 290 meters

Palazzo Rucellai
Distance: 381 meters

Palazzo Strozzi
Distance: 344 meters

Palazzo Vecchio
Distance: 185 meters

Piazza della Signoria
Distance: 185 meters

  • Nearby museums

The Uffizi Gallery
Distance: 50 meters

Palazzo Pitti: Gallery of Modern Art
Distance: 313 meters

Palazzo Pitti: the Palace Gallery
Distance: 313 meters

Distance: 334 meters

Distance: 238 meters

Distance: 147 meters

Distance: 26 meters

Distance: 76 meters

Distance: 428 meters

Distance: 178 meters

Distance: 303 meters

Distance: 308 meters


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