Study Abroad: Ponte Vecchio


Probably one of the more well known landmarks of Florence, Italy is the Ponte Vecchio that spans the river Arno. It is the oldest bridge in Florence although it was rebuilt in 1345 and has withstood many events from wars to floods.

Ponte Vecchio from the shore of the Arno.

No days the Ponte Vecchio is lined with jewelers shops – over priced jewelry – that were once goldsmith shops. Along the top of the bridge runs a corridor originally built for use my the Medici and it runs from the Palazzo Pitti to the Uffizi.

Here you can see the Corridoio Vasariano above the bridge.
View from Piazzale Michelangelo

If you get the chance to visit Florence, I highly suggest walking over this beautiful and historic bridge. Happy travels!

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