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Ponte Vecchio

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  • Day17

    Ponte Vecchio, Florence

    December 8, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

    We had a fairly early start today and first on the agenda today was breakfast and a stroll through the empty streets. Not sure if it is because it is a Sunday, or we are up early, but this morning it was lovely to be able to explore Florence without heaps of people around. We walked through the high-end of town, puzzled by what is “fashion” as we checked out the window displays in the posh shops. Sometimes it looks like people have gotten dressed in the dark but because it is in a window display in fashionable Florence it must be okay and trendy to wear. Weird but fun to check out.

    We walked over the Ponte Santa Trinita (the Saint Trinita bridge) and enjoyed the views of Ponte Alla Carraia to one side and the famous Ponte Vecchio to the other. Ponte Vecchio, also known as the Golden Bridge, is one of the most striking of Florence’s six bridges and it is thought to date back as far as the Romans who constructed stone pillars and wooden planks on this site. Until 1218 it was the only bridge that crossed the Arno River and has had to be rebuilt twice after collapsing due to flood damage. The bridge consists of three arches that support the covered crossing which is topped with stores and houses. It was rebuilt in 1565 during the reign of the Medici family with a covered corridor constructed on top of the bridge store, to allow them to walk directly between the Uffizi and the Palazzo Pitti with even stepping foot outside or having to encounter pesky commoners.

    Traders have set up shop along the covered bridge as far back as the 13th century. Today the shops consist mainly of jewelers and goldsmiths selling their golden treasures at exorbitant prices. It is nice to look but too expensive to buy. It was interesting walking over the bridge first thing this morning with all the wooden shutters and doors shut tight compared to when we crossed later in the day with the public holiday crowds milling about.

    We spent an enjoyable morning having the traditional Italian breakfast, pastries and coffee, before making our way to the Palazzo Pitti, our first stop for the day.
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  • Day10

    Florenz

    August 24, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Unser letzter Städte Stopp in der Toskana, Florenz.

    Das UNESCO Weltkulturerbe. Die Innenstadt ist voller altertümlichen Bauten und Staturen.

    Wir sind beeindruckt.
    Der Dom von Florenz ist von der Größe nicht in Worte zufassen.

    Unser Lager schlagen wir auf einem Parkplatz auf.
    Er ist zentral, das ist wohl das einzige. Man muss es sich überall schön machen! Nach diesem Motto Abendessen im freien :)
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  • Day25

    Pont de Vecchio, Florence

    September 23, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    From the Piazzale we walked back towards our accommodation across the Pont de Vecchio, the Old Bridge, a medieval stone closed arch bridge over the Arno River. Known today as the gold markets bridge, the shops along the bridge were initially occupied by butchers. Believed to have first been built in Roman times, the bridge first appears in a document of 996. It has always hosted shops and merchants who displayed their goods on tables before their premises. The back shops that can be seen from upriver, were added in the 17th century and are built out from the bridge, giving it a very unique and interesting appearance. I would love to see inside some of the back shops, to see if they are actually the homes of the vendors or just more shop and storage spaces.

    In 1900, to honour and mark the fourth century of the birth of the great Florentine sculptor and master goldsmith Benvenuto Cellini, the leading goldsmiths of the bridge commissioned a bronze bust of Cellini to be created to stand atop a fountain in the middle of the Eastern side of the bridge, where is stands to this day.

    I love the history and the story of the bridge but it now very much for tourists and while I love looking and admiring jewellery while looking for something unique, there was way too much to look at and it was extremely expensive. Still it was nice to have a wander through and just imagine we were rich.

    We ended our day with dinner at OBICA, a lovely restaurant we came across in an alleyway. I think the thing with Florence is to not be afraid to walk down the laneways and alleys as they often open up to exciting gardens and eating places. Dinner was a bit posher than we had been doing and it was nice to try something different, and the meatballs and wine were delicious. We really enjoyed the experience.
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  • Day7

    Florence. Think. Different.

    April 25, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Florence stretches from renaissance living to real(ish) leather goods, and all points in between. It's been home to Michaelangelo, Leonardo da vinca, Dante, and us (well for coffee in the piazza and for a dinner in the street). Moving on again tomorrow, to...

    We parked in a campsite on the southwest edge. Twenty minute bus ride into town. Really really crowded with tourists during the day. Virtually empty early in the morning. Visited the Uffizi Gallery, the Academia, and the Galileo museum.
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  • Day2

    Ponte Vecchio and Gelato

    September 17, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    När vi lämnade Uffizi gick vi längs floden Arno under Vasari Corridor (stängd tills nästa år) och över den bebyggda bron Ponte Vecchio. Klart frän arkitektur med butiker (numera guldsmeder och juvelerare) som blivit inbyggda under korridoren på pelare.
    Gick längs södra banken en bit till Gelateria la Carraia och åt varsin bägare gelato. Mums!
    Därefter tillbaka över floden och tillbaka till Piazza del Duomo.
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  • Day7

    Florenz II

    April 16, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Auf in den zweiten Tag und rein in‘s Gewühle.
    Auf jeden Einwohner von Florenz kommen gefühlt drei Touristen und somit ist es hier auch extrem voll und völlig überlaufen. Gedrängel überall, überall anstehen wenn man wo rein möchte und die Eintrittspreise haben sich auch gewaschen. Also beschlossen wir, uns einfach alles von außen anzugucken und dabei das Top-Wetter bei blauem Hinmel und Sonnenschein satt zu genießen👍
    Zum Mittag gab‘s extrem leckeres Focaccia von einem kleinen Laden in einer der unzähligen Gassen, der mit inzwischen zwei Geschäften schon lange kein Geheimtipp mehr zu sein scheint. Aber phänomenal lecker war‘s. Auch der Espresso und das Eis schmecken natürlich viel originaler und leckerer als daheim.
    In den aberhunderten Gasse legten wir dann auch ca 18.000 Schritte zurück, am eindrucksvollsten ist sowieso, wie alt und schön mittelalterlich alles noch ist😊z.B. die Ponte Vecchio von 1345.
    Unser kleiner Sprössling war stets mit dabei und hat an dem touristischen Trouble anscheinend auch Gefallen gefunden😊
    Alles in allem ein toller Tag in einer wunderschönen Stadt
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  • Day2

    Ponte Vecchio

    May 25, 2015 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Coming back to town, we passed the Ponte Vecchio again, and this time it was much lesser crowded, so we spent a while there before heading back into the city. The bridge is filled with jewellery stores on both sides.

    From there we went for another stroll through town, walking here and there, basically getting lost, until we finally and somehow found the station again. :) Somehow, I have to admit, we were quite happy when leaving the city. Not that it's not beautiful - it really is - but it was just so full of people, that it was hard to enjoy the beauty.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Ponte Vecchio, بونة فكيو, Понте Векио, Pont de Vecchio, Puente Viejo, פונטה וקיו, Պոնտե Վեկյո, ヴェッキオ橋, პონტე-ვეკიო, Понте Веккьо, 베키오 다리, Pontė Vekijo, Most Złotników, پونٹ ونیشیوبرج, 老桥

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