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Ponte Vecchio - Monuments
Perhaps already built back in the era of the Roman colony, it is the oldest bridge in the city. It was built in wood on piers of stone and crosses the Arno River at its narrowest point, at the place where the antique ferryboat for river crossing was found. Ruined in 1117 and later reconstructed, it was destroyed again in 1333 by flooding and rebuilt once again in 1345, perhaps by Neri di Fioravante, but this time in stone making it very solid.
Ponte Vecchio is wide enough to have two arched porticos on its sides where 43 bottegas were set, at first with butcher shops and green grocer's, until the grand duke Ferdinand I, at the end of 1500, wanted that their places be occupied by gold smiths and jewelry shops.
Thanks to the earnings from rental fees of these shops, another reconstruction of the bridge was made possible. Always crowed with people, it remains even today a symbol of Florence and although it was built with the sole aim of crossing the river, it has taken the form of a real street, a marketplace, a square.

Ponte Vecchio was saved from bombings by the Germans, who bombed the adjacent surroundings to bar access, while with the flood of 1966, which we may all remember, damages occurring to the shops were grave.
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Suggested Hotels

Hotel Villa Stanley
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4 stars
Hotel Villa Stanley
Viale XX Settembre, 200
Zone: Sesto Fiorentino
Hotel Villa Stanley is a 4 stars rated hotel, built in the main Villa with its 25 bed rooms, reception area, bar, lounge-rooms and conference halls and restaurant.

Hotel Balcony
best hotel
2 stars
Hotel Balcony
Via dei Banchi 3/r
Zone: Santa Maria Novella - Palazzo Strozzi - Duomo
The Balcony Hotel is a 2-star Hotel located in the old town center of Florence

Hotel Villa Carlotta
4 stars
Hotel Villa Carlotta
Via Michele di Lando, 3
Zone: Palazzo Pitti
Is a romantic 19th century patrician manor, situated in the wooded residential area around Porta Romana.

Tourist House Battistero
2 stars
Tourist House Battistero
Via de' Cerretani, 1
Zone: Duomo
Is located on the first floor of an antique 15th century building with the Duomo (Cathedral) just 30 metres away.


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