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 LorenzoMarket... 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.




As you can guess, it is my favourite spot in town! Built in the 1st century b.C. it was the first bridge to cross the Arno in Florence. Damaged and repaired several times, in 1345 its distinctive shape with 3 ample arches and tiny shops lining its sides was finally set.

Its location made it the perfect place where butchers, fishmongers and tanners had their shops: they could throw 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 - the government's headquarters. He called Giorgio Vasari to built an elevated enclosed passageway over the Ponte Vecchio, the Vasari Corridor, and 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.

This is why as a reminder of the strength of our city and a witness of our history, the Ponte Vecchio has become the aeternal symbol of Florence.








It's a half-mile-long passageway that connects the Palazzo Vecchio with the Palazzo Pitti.

Built in 1565 by order of Cosimo I to the design of Giorgio Vasari it is now a small museum displaying a unique collection of paintings dating back from the 16th and 17th centuries onward, as well as modern artists' self-portraits.

Its privileged position that begins in the Palazzo Vecchio, snaking along the river bank, across the Ponte Vecchio and over the houses in the Oltrarno district to finally join the Palazzo Pitti, allows its visitors to enjoy particular views of some of the most beautiful areas of the city centre from its small roud windows.

Closed for renovation for 2 years, it will reopen to the public in May 2018.