When Hitler visited Florence in 1938, Mussolini planned to bring the Fuhrer to Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge). And guess what, he liked the view of Florence from here. During World War II, Ponte Vecchio was the only bridge in Florence that the Germans didn’t destroy. Instead of demolishing it, they destroyed the medieval buildings on each side to dam up access.
A Stone-Closed Bridge. If you look at the photos below, this bridge isn’t your ordinary bridge. Today, due to heavy tourist traffic, the bridge is mainly used for pedestrians. Along the bridge, you’ll find jewelers and souvenir shops selling expensive items.
Nearby Attractions. From here, it’s an easy walk to the Uffizi Gallery Museum, the Tower of Arnolfo, and Palazzo Vecchio. A bit farther, you’ll find yourself in front of the colossal Florence Cathedral, a symbol of the Italian Renaissance.
Ponte Vecchio – Hitler Liked the View of Florence From Here
How to Save Money and Time in Florence
Every tourist attraction in Florence seems to have a long queue outside. My mistake was not listening to my friend who told me to buy a ticket in advance. I told myself that I’d wake up and go early. No matter how early I was, there were always people who were earlier than me. I had to join the long queue against my will. Whether you are going to see the Statue of David or go inside Uffizi Gallery, it is wise to buy your tickets in advance. Joining a tour saves time and you learn more about the city. Click the links below to see what you can do in Florence.
Where to stay in Florence
If you’re looking for a hostel in Florence that’s near the Duomo, you’ll never go wrong with the Academy Hostel. It is a few minutes walk to the Santa Maria del Fiore, aka, the Duomo, the city’s most famous landmark The train station is less than 10 minutes’ walk from here. The hostel is loved by those who have stayed here. It’s a clean and fun hostel. There are other hostels you can choose from these websites: HostelWorld, and Booking.com.