Year of 2017

Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy

During the holiday season, the Firenze Light Festival brings new color to Florence’s Old Bridge, or Ponte Vecchio. This historic structure has crossed the Arno for centuries. In its early days, butchers and fishmongers operated here, but city leaders gave them the boot, citing the smells as too offensive. These days visitors will find jewelers and goldsmiths selling their wares, as well as tourists posing for a picture.

The Ponte Vecchio is a medieval stone closed-spandrel segmental arch bridge over the Arno River, in Florence, Italy, noted for still having shops built along it, as was once common. Butchers initially occupied the shops; the present tenants are jewelers, art dealers and souvenir sellers. The Ponte Vecchio’s two neighbouring bridges are the Ponte Santa Trinita and the Ponte alle Grazie.
Address: Bardi Street Acciaioli Street – 50125 Florence
Opened: 1345
Length: 276 feet (84 m)
Longest span: 98′ 5″ (30 m)
Width: 102 feet (31 m)
Architects: Taddeo Gaddi · Neri di Fioravante
Panorama of the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy
Panoramic view of the Ponte Vecchio, from the West.