This is a very brief description of the main sites in the area of the apartment. I am working to provide more detailed information and pictures in the following days. Please come back later.  The location of the Old Bridge Apartment is ideal, within walking distance from all the major sites: the Uffizi Gallery, Piazza della Signoria, the Pitti Palace, Piazza Santo Spirito, Piazza Santa Croce, l'Accademia, San Lorenzo Market... Typical restaurants, lovely caf├ęs, pastry shops and gelaterie are within a block; typical shops are in the surrounding area and a grocery store is just off Borgo San Jacopo... A bus stop is right off the apartment for easy transportation to and from the train station.

 

PONTE VECCHIO

 

Built in the 1st century b.C, until 1218 it was the only bridge to cross the Arno in Florence. Damaged and repaired several times, its distinctive shape with 3 ample arches and tiny shops lining its sides dates back to 1345.

Its location made it the perfect place where butchers, fishmongers and tanners had their shops: they threw their waste in the river without polluting the city.

When the Medici moved from the Palazzo Vecchio to the Palazzo Pitti in 1550, the Grandduke Cosimo I decided they needed a private route that connected their new Palazzo with the Uffizi - at the time the centre of the Florentine political and administrative life. He called Giorgio Vasari to built an elevated enclosed passageway over the Ponte Vecchio, the Vasari Corridor. A few years later Ferdinand I decreed that only goldsmiths and jewellers were allowed to have their shops on the bridge.

In modern times the Ponte Vecchio brilliantly survived the bombing of World War II and the flood of 1966, that brought the city to its knees.

As a reminder of the strength of our city and a proud survivor of Florence eventful history, this amazing bridge has rightly become the aeternal symbol of our city.