The Ponte Vecchio, or the "Old Bridge," is the oldest bridge in Florence crossing the River Arno. This charmingly simple bridge is to Florence what the Tower Bridge is to London.
This Bridge, so greatly admired now, was built by Neri di Fioravanle in 1345; a solid but elegant structure with three stone arches. It is characterized by the small houses that line both sides of the bridge.
Today, the bridge is home to numerous shops and boutiques. During the warmer months, Ponte Vecchio is filled with visitors, street performers and artists.