Ponte Vecchio

While in Florence, make sure you go and see Ponte Vecchio, one of the oldest bridges across the River Arno. Rebuilt in 1345 after floods damaged the bridge, Ponte Vecchio was thankfully spared by German bombers during World War Two, although they did destroy the medieval buildings on either side.

When you first see the bridge, you’ll notice there are houses and shops built all the way along, making it one of the few remaining bridges of its kind in the world. You can walk across Ponte Vecchio at any time, day or night. During the daylight hours, browse the jewellery shops and listen to the buskers before going to see the Manelli Tower. Then, walk along the Vasari Corridor, which is a pathway that runs above the shops originally built for the Duke of Florence to avoid the crowds below.

As the daylight fades, you’ll see the shopkeepers pull down the wooden shutters and make their way home. As night falls, the bridge is beautifully lit up, making it a lovely place to enjoy a romantic stroll. To see the bridge in full view, go to Ponte Santa Trinita and don’t forget to take your camera.

After exploring Ponte Vecchio, go to see the Uffizi Gallery on one side of the river, where you can see the world famous collection of Italian Renaissance artwork. From the gallery’s rooftop garden, there are great views looking onto the bridge. Alternatively, go to Pitti Palace on the other side of the river, just a five minute walk away.