7 things you didn’t know about Ponte Vecchio

When thinking about Florence, Ponte Vecchio is certainly one of the first attractions that comes to mind, isn’t it?

The picturesque “old bridge” has gone hand in hand with the Florentine people and the development of the city across the centuries, meaning there are countless stories to tell and it’s sometimes difficult to keep track of them all. Let’s discover some fun facts about Ponte Vecchio you might not yet know!

First things first, the actual structure we admire today was built in 1345. The innovative three-arch structure with buildings standing along the sides replaced the older bridges that were systematically destroyed by the recurring floods of the Arno river (the most recent collapse happened in 1333). In case you’re wondering, according to Giorgio Vasari, Ponte Vecchio was designed by Taddeo Gaddi, while other sources credit Neri di Fioravanti.

And now, let’s get started with our seven treats

1. There weren’t always goldsmiths and jewellers selling their goods on Ponte Vecchio…

Brunelleschi's Cupola from Ponte Vecchio
Brunelleschi’s Cupola from Ponte Vecchio – Credit: Valentina Perzolla
 2. The history of the tower which defied the Vasari Corridor
Mannelli tower
Mannelli tower – Credit: Sailko

3. Ponte Vecchio is the only bridge in Florence that survived World War II

4. Ponte Vecchio has an ancient sundial

5. You can experience the Old Bridge from a very peculiar point of view

Ponte Vecchio as seen from the Renaioli's point of view
Ponte Vecchio as seen from the Renaioli’s point of view – Credit: melindagallo

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